Is Berlin an artistic mecca or the place where ambition goes to die? Few cities’ identities have been so much debated in the past decades on such an international scale. In City of Rumor, Gideon Lewis-Kraus gives an account of his shifting understanding of the city, its pitfalls and possibilities. Lewis-Kraus lived in Berlin for three years and his honest, thought-provoking essay explores the ways in which we are burdened and freed by our environments in general, and why Berlin demands our attention again and again.
has written about books and culture for Wired, Harper’s, GQ, London Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, n+1, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. His digressive travel memoir, A Sense of Direction, about pilgrimage and restlessness, appeared this past spring from Riverhead Books.