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Bargains money owed of the author's pilgrimages to 3 holy websites looking for own course, describing the masses of miles trekked and the folks encountered alongside the best way. Tallinn -- Berlin -- Camino -- Berlin/Shanghai -- Shikoku -- Shanghai/San Francisco -- Uman -- Kiev/Berlin

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At a birthday party for an Icelandic artist a young and beautiful German Goth reclined in a bathtub. indd 27 11/7/11 9:11 AM Gideon Lewis-Krauss We have keep looseline to avoid Badbreak. Please advice a Murphy bed. She lolled against the dry porcelain and told me she’d just finished her degree in Anti-Semitism Studies, with a focus on the postShoah relationship between West Germany and Israel. My friend Max was tall and handsome and obviously Jewish and made a habit of this sort of thing, and I pulled him aside to ask for the encouraging advice I knew he’d give.

But a healthy relationship to the Holocaust wasn’t the norm. Melodrama was easier, more cheaply satisfying, and it was one way to explain to yourself what you were doing in Germany: just existing there was an act of defiance and strength. indd 26 11/7/11 9:11 AM A Sense of Direction makes you special. You have the Holocaust in your pocket, the run of a city you rightly deserve. There was the feeling that the Holocaust got you off the hook, only furthering the idea that you were in Berlin to do just as you pleased, sleep with whomever you felt like, even if she had a boyfriend.

A lix and I lived in the same neighborhood for a while, on the east side of Kreuzberg near the river, and we would sit outside the Turkish bakery and watch the elevated orange U-Bahn grind by as we shooed finches from our crumbs. Alix was probably the smartest, certainly the most alluring, and probably the strangest person I knew in Berlin. She talked in big impressionistic clouds and then gesticulated in their vicinity to disperse them. She was in the middle of applying to grad school and was writing about art; she wrote about the new gallery shows each month for a magazine out of London.

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