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Welcome to your occasional dose of literary goings-on in Berlin – ISSUE Nº 16
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UPCOMING EVENTS: 4.-16. MAY 2017 
2 GET INFORMED > GO ENGAGE
COMING TO TERMS WITH UNCERTAINTY
FT. RAINER MARIA RILKE +
REBECCA SOLNIT + 
SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR
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5. 05. 2017 
 
 

Berlin Risofest — Celebration of DIY Printing

 

Berlin-based publisher Vetro Editions is presenting Risofest, a one-day event at Urban Spree filled with workshops, exhibitions, and readings that brings together Berlin's top Risograph printers, artists and studios. So what's a Risograph? In a nutshell, it's a kind of printer that originated in Japan in the 50s that bridges "the gap between a conventional photocopier and laser printer".  MORE INFO.

 



 
 
10. 05. 2017  
 
 

Die autoritäre Revolte | Vortrag & Lesung

 

German historian Volker Weiß dissects the rise of right-wing populism through a historical lens in his new book "Die autoritäre Revolte. Die Neue Rechte under Der Untergang des Abendlandes" (Klett-Cotta 2017), which was nominated for a non-fiction prize at the Leipzig Book Rair this year. The reading and talk (in German) is held in remembrance of the book-burnings that happened on May 10th, 1933.  MORE INFO.

 



 
5.-6. 05. 2017 
 
 

Dreams & Dramas  
— Law as literature

 

To close off the exhibition that shines a light on  the relationship between how we read legal text and how it structures our existence as individuals and citizens in public space, there will a series of performances and film screenings examining the topic from various perspectives at NGBK in Kreuzberg.  MORE INFO.

 
 


11. 05. 2017 
 
 

Dictionary of Now #6 — Violence

 

For the sixth edition of Dictionary of Now, a series that "reflects on the capacity of words to both depict and create reality", the focus is on violence. Author Taiye Selasi and philosopher David Theo Goldberg will explore how violence is inscribed in practices and languages of post-colonial societies as well as how it correlates with racist ideology.   MORE INFO.


 
 

 
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LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET


LETTER 8 — 51


RAINER MARIA RILKE


But fear of the inexplicable has not alone impoverished the existence of the individual; the relationship between one human being and another has also been cramped by it, as though it had been lifted out of the riverbed of endless possibilities and set down in a fallow spot on the bank, to which nothing happens. For it is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed; it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope.
 
HOPE
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BY REBECCA SOLNIT


It's important to say what hope is not: it is not the belief that everything was, is, or will be fine. The evidence is all around us of tremendous suffering and tremendous destruction. The hope I'm interested in is about broad perspectives with specific possibilities, ones that invite or demand we act... You could call it an account of complexities and uncertainties, with openings.
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Hope locates itself in the premises that we don't know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influences the outcomes—you alone or in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. 
Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. It's the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. We may not, in fact, know them afterward either, but they matter all the same, and history is full of people whose influence was most powerful after they were gone.
 

THE ETHICS OF AMBIGUITY


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SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR


Regardless of the staggering dimensions of the world about us, the density of our ignorance, risks of catastrophes to come, and our individual weakness within the immense collectivity, the fact remains that we are absolutely free today if we choose to will our existence in its finiteness, a finiteness which is open on the infinite. And in fact, any man who has known real loves, real revolts, real desires, and real will knows quite well that he has no need of any outside guarantee to be sure of his goals; their certitude comes from his own drive. 
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