Ahmed and Rahid (by Nancy Chapple)

Ahmed is originally from Algeria, and has the passport to show it. He received a fine education there as a civil engineer. That’s clear when you see him take a pen to describe how two parts of a mechanism fit together, or watch him expound on the details of what has happened to him: a fine-spoken man in Arabic, French and English. But he has fallen on hard times, bouncing around from one European country to the next, living on the edge. He’s lived in France, then in Sweden for quite a long time. The last time he was in Germany he ended up in a small town in Brandenburg, though not for long enough to learn German. Wherever he goes, he’s “tolerated” by the government, neither deported nor supported.

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At The Ministry (and other microfiction) by Marcus Speh

Marcus Speh

Tour of Duty Tourism (by Kerri Mullen)

A very wise therapist once told me that all family visits should be legally limited to no more than three days.  Three days is enough to enjoy, to reminisce, to wonder why they aren’t staying longer.  Four days and you know exactly why.

Michael’s been here for seven days now, sharing my 37 square meter apartment.  It’s not a tiny place – Berlin isn’t New York – but it’s still a small space for a 24 year old brother and his slightly neurotic 26 year old sister.  When I walked into my apartment, there used to be a weird burned coffee smell coming from the kitchen.  Now it smells like booze, man body odor and man body wash.  My own odd stink has been completely engulfed.

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Tour of Duty Tourism by Kerri Mullen (read by herself)

Kerri

Teaching Rüdiger by Nathaniel Barron

Rüdiger sits there and stares at me, his mouth hanging open like an idiot. I can see him thinking, scrunching up his brow and rubbing his face with a look of consternation like he’s either contemplating suicide, or taking a shit. Sadly, it’s neither.

“Repeat?”

Sigh. “What DO YOU…..DO….. EV-ER-Y-DAY?” Again, the face rubbing. It usually goes this way. They rub their foreheads for a bit, take a breath as if to speak, catch it, sit for a while longer just to be sure, then they get this bizarre look on their face which seems to say, “I know it looks like I’ve been thinking really hard for the last three minutes, but that can’t possibly be true because what I’m about to say is barely going to make sense. Are you ready?” Sure enough:

“I am today coffee drink.”

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Teaching Rüdiger by Nathaniel Barron read by Sir Henry

Nate and John

Nathaniel Barron and Sir Henry

Teaching Ruediger by Nathaniel Barron (read by Sir Henry)

recorded live on stage at Brotfabrik Berlin

Just two shows left… new stories sought

Hello again. With just two more shows left, we are already planning the next volume(s) of ThisBerlinLife live. We think that the next show will be in February 2011. Thus, if you have a story you would like to submit and/or present please contact us via stories@thisberlinlife.de! Looking forward to reading from you!

Opening night sold out!

Opening night of This Berlin Life – Volume 1 was a blast. Thank you all for coming!

The jury is in session!

It’s the 22 of October and the deadline has passed. We want to thank you all for submitting so many funny, melancholic, creative stories to stories@thisberlinlife.de. We are having a hard time selecting the best variety for the first This Berlin Life show in November. However, if you want to be part of ThisBerlinLife: the deadline for the second show (in January) is 31 December 2010. Looking forward to reading from you!

By the way: we will publish excerpts from stories that will be on the show soon.

Hosted by… Marleen Kasopke!

Heike Wally Reichenwallner is Marleen KasopkeWe are happy to announce that the This Berlin Life shows will be hosted by the charming Marleen Kasopke (aka Heike W. Reichenwallner). For more information visit her website www.heike-reichenwallner.de .