The Berlin Journal: November 2012

Nov 28, 2012

On this episode of the Berlin Journal, host R. Jay Magill speaks with New Yorker writer Joan Acocella.

American Academy in Berlin

Acocella has spent the fall at the American Academy working on a collection of essays tentatively titled "Crime and Punishment" about the artistic treatment of criminals, including pieces on the Grimm Brothers, Dracula, Agatha Christie, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and The Sopranos.  

Spiegel Online editor Charles Hawley has an interview with Jonathan Laurence, Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Laurence discusses Muslim integration in Germany and the cultural tensions it has created.    

And finishing out the hour, literary translator Peter Constantine discusses his  translation of Russian writer Anton Chekhov's work and reads a recently translated fake diary by Chekhov. 

When not hosting the Berlin Journal for NPR Berlin, R. Jay Magill is also editor and writer at the American Academy in Berlin. His latest book,  Sincerity: How A Moral Ideal Born Five Hundred Years Ago Inspired Religious Wars, Modern Art, Hipster Chic, and the Curious Notion That We All Have Something to Say (No Matter How Dull), was published earlier this year.