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ISSUE Nº 11

UPCOMING EVENTS:
7 - 16 SEPTEMBER 2016
THE BEAUTY OF SOLITUDE
FT. ALBERT CAMUS +
RAINER MARIA RILKE +
  MAGGIE NELSON  

 
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16. internationales 
literaturfestival berlin

 

For eleven days, the annual International Literature Festival Berlin will be hosting a slew of readings, discussions and special events to present contemporary writers from all over the world. With a focus on international prose and lyric poetry, works will be read in the original language with interpreters translating pieces into German.

 

AT BERLINER FESTSPIELE & VARIOUS LOCATIONS
MORE INFO + SEE PROGRAM HERE


 
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'Dear Clark'
 

German artist Sara-Lena Maierhofer first discovered Clark in 2008, while reading the newspaper. After a failed attempt to reach out to him for a meeting, she examined the man from afar and decided to approach his story through the lens of fiction by piecing together pictures, info from the newspaper and her letters to him into a book.

 

BERLIN-PRENZLAUER BERG
MORE INFO HERE
 
 














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City of Exiles: Berlin
from the outside in

 

From Kafka to Susan Sontag and David Bowie to Nan Goldin, innumerable artists and misfits from abroad have called Berlin home — some for a short time, others for the rest of their lives. On Thursday, Sydney-born author Stuart Braun will be reading from his book "City of Exiles – Berlin from the outside in", a story of mutual exchange and enrichment between these free spirits and the enthralling city.


 
BERLIN-KREUZBERG
MORE INFO HERE


 
 




Excerpt from Geist (2007)
by Ulla von Brandenburg









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KOSMOS²  LABOR #10:
A performative reading


For this edition of KOSMOS²—an artist talk series held at Maxim Gorki Theater, Studio R —Grada Kilomba will give a performative reading about political representation and the myth of the narcissist among other topics. 

 

 
BERLIN-MITTE
MORE INFO HERE
 



 


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Riposte Mag x Berlin

 

This month, London-based Riposte—"a smart magazine for women"—will be bringing their monthly event series to Berlin. The evening will feature a line-up of talks by designer and activist Fa' Empel, curator Laetitia Duveau, Isabell Hummell of Soda Books and multidisciplinary artist Sarah Illenberger. 

 

BERLIN-MITTE
MORE INFO HERE



 
 

The     
   beauty
 of

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"He wanted nothing now but this
 
contraction
and
this enclosure
inside
him-
self
                                        this lucid and patient fervor in the face
of the world.
     As with warm dough that's squeezed and kneaded, all he wanted was to hold his life between his hands: the way he felt during those two long nights on the train when he would talk to himself, prepare himself to live.

      To lick his life like barley sugar
           to shape it, sharpen it, 
                                                love it at last
                                                                    —that was his whole passion.
         This presence of himself to himself—hence-forth his effort would be to maintain it in the face of everything in his life, even at the cost of a       s o l i t u d e         he knew was
so difficult to endure. He would not submit. All his violence would help him now,
              at the point to which it raised him, his love would join him, like a passion to live."

—Albert Camus, A Happy Death
 
 

   


 
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      "And you should not let yourself be confused in your    solitude    by the fact that there is something in you that wants to / \\\ break /// \\ / out of it. This very wish will help you,
if you use it quietly,
            and deliberately
                    and like a tool,

t o   s p r e a d  o u t   y o u r             s o l i t u d e             o v e r    w i d e   c o u n t r y .

People have (with the help of conventions) oriented all their solutions toward the easy
and toward the easiest side of easy; but it is clear
that we must hold to what is D I F F I C U L T ;    
everything alive holds to it,       
everything in Nature grows and defends itself in its own way
and is characteristically and spontaneously itself,     
seeks at all cost to be so and against all opposition.      
 
We know little, but that we must hold to what is difficult is a certainty
that will not forsake us;

it is good to be solitary, 
for solitude is difficult; 
that something is difficult
must be a reason the more for us to do it."

Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

 
             


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"You've punctured my solitude, I told you. It had been a useful solitude, constructed, as it was, around a recent sobriety, long walks to and from the Y through the sordid, bougainvillea-strewn back streets of Hollywood, evening drives up and down Mulholland to kill the long nights, and, of course, maniacal bouts of writing, learning to address no one. But the time for its puncturing had come. I feel I can give you everything without giving myself away, I whispered in your basement bed. If one does one's solitude right, this is the prize."
 
—Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts


 


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