Rob Spillman

All Tomorrow's Parties

Rob Spillman—the award-winning, charismatic cofounding editor of the legendary Tin House magazine—has devoted his life to the rebellious pursuit of artistic authenticity. Born in Germany to two driven musicians, his childhood was spent among the West Berlin cognoscenti, in a city two hundred miles behind the Iron Curtain. There, the Berlin Wall stood as a stark reminder of the split between East and West, between suppressed dreams and freedom of expression.
After an unsettled youth moving between divorced parents in disparate cities, Spillman would eventually find his way into the literary world of New York City, only to abandon it to return to Berlin just months after the Wall came down. Twenty-five and newly married, Spillman and his wife, the writer Elissa Schappell, moved to the anarchic streets of East Berlin in search of the bohemian lifestyle of their idols. But Spillman soon discovered he was chasing the one thing that had always eluded him: a place, or person, to call home. In his intimate, entertaining, and heartfelt memoir, Spillman narrates a colorful, music-filled coming-of-age portrait of an artist’s life that is also a cultural exploration of a shifting Berlin.
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    Anna Dirichevahar citeretfor 5 år siden
    But to us it doesn’t feel crazy; there is something alive and magical in the air, what it must have been like in the twenties when Marlene Dietrich was roaming the risqué drag clubs in men’s clothes, when culture and politics collided and the possibilities were revolutionary.
    Ritahar citeretfor 5 år siden
    But it isn’t the physical thing that matters; it is the feel of the place. There is no other way to put it than to say that this house is built out of love. This is what you do if you love someone—together you build psychic sanctuaries and within these spaces you share a life.
    Ritahar citeretfor 5 år siden
    Hour after hour I replay all the stupidity in my life, all of the wasted time chasing and not being present.

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