STB’s Best Long-Read Articles of 2014

STB editor Paul Sullivan rounds up some of the best long-read articles from 2014…

And just like that – whoooosh! – another year is gone. Of course a year always seems to have flown by when looked at retrospectively, but time itself does seem to be getting faster, doesn’t it?

Our intensely technological era seems to be changing the very essence of the stuff, shifting us subtly but inexorably away from real ‘temporal ‘ time towards a new form of ‘networked time‘ within which we increasingly feel like it’s all we can do to ‘keep up with’, let alone ‘get on top of’, our lives.

The constant deluge of emails and texts, social media and news feeds forms a continuous digital hum from which many of us feel there is no escape. Worse still, it means you may have missed, or perhaps merely skimmed over, some of our longer-read articles.

With that in mind, we have rounded a few of our favourites up for you below. All you need do is throw your smartphone out of the nearest window, shut down all your distractive browsers (or even better, get the printer ready), make yourself a nice cup of tea and delve in.

We promise you will emerge more smarter, saner and even a bit sexier – or your money back.

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Thalia Gigerenzer on the Treptow family who were literally hemmed in by the Berlin Wall…

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Image via http://de.indymedia.org

Nina Roßmann talks to some of Berlin’s refugees and looks at the reasons behind this year’s high profile protests…

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Nina Roßmann and Paul Sullivan examine the broader context of German immigration…

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1989 S-Bahn map

John Peck tracks the fascinating (and turbulent) history of Berlin’s public transport map designs…

Walter Benjamin in 1926. Photo by Suhrkamp Verlag
Walter Benjamin in 1926. Photo by Suhrkamp Verlag

Ian Penman on the work & life – and a new biography – of Walter Benjamin…

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Jesse Simon discovers some of Berlin’s former movers and shakers via a tour of the city’s cemeteries…

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Giulia Pines delves into Berlin’s burgeoning Street Food phenomenon…

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Author Peter Fritzsche on Frank Goll – an ‘ordinary Berliner’ who wrote his way through the turbulent 20th century…

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Heroes Contact Print (Piece No. 32), 1977
© Masayoshi Sukita / The David Bowie Archive

Fiona Laughton takes a tour of Berlin’s legendary Hansa Studios and tells the story of Bowie´s “Heroes”…

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Image by Paul Sullivan

Bertie Alexander shares his memories of ex-pat life in Marzahn…

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Defne – image by Paul Sullivan

Ian Farrell goes on the hunt for authentic Turkish cuisine in Berlin…

Image by Paul Sullivan
Image by Paul Sullivan

Paul Sullivan on why walking is the only real way to understand the city…

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John Feffer talks to prominent East German dissident and politician Vera Lengsfeld…

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Photos from the Berlin-Copenhagen Cycling Route by Paul Sullivan

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Author David Wagner’s personal ode to Berlin’s Mauerpark…

The State Library as viewed from the Schlossbrücke in 1900
The State Library as viewed from the Schlossbrücke in 1900

Books, Beethoven and Berlinka: Robin Oomkes profiles Berlin’s State Library…

Russian Sweets by Kyra Giorgi
Russian Sweets by Kyra Giorgi

Kyra Giorgi explores Berlin’s Russian supermarkets – and what to buy in them…

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Natalye Childress investigates Berlin’s most contested urban sites…

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Caitlin Hardee on why she enjoys Germany’s World Cup-fuelled displays of positive national pride…

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Diana Hubbell seeks out authentic Thai food in Berlin…

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Paul Sullivan on his 160km walk around the Berlin Wall Trail (Photos)

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Novelist and journalist Annett Gröschner on Berlin’s gentrification and loss of inner-city diversity…

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NotMs Parker pays tribute to Alfred Grenander, the 19th century Swedish architect who built over half of Berlin’s U-Bahn stations…

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During the 25th anniversary Mauerfall celebrations, Paul Scraton looks at Germany’s rocky road to reunification…

Inside the Schöneberg Gasometer
Inside the Schöneberg Gasometer

Kyra Giorgi pays poetic tribute to Schӧneberg’s gasometer…

Artists from the Berliner Ensemble gathered at the Brecht-Weigel-Haus in the summer of 1977.
Artists from the Berliner Ensemble gathered at the Brecht-Weigel-Haus in the summer of 1977.

Rhea Boyden heads to Buckow to visit the former summer residence of Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel…

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Image by Paul Scraton

Stephanie King profiles ten of Wedding’s best bars and pubs…

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Paul Sullivan walks Berlin’s 37km-long Ringbahn: Part 1 / Part 2

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Image by Paul Sullivan.

Ian Farrell explores the origins and development of Berlinerisch… 

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Alexander Tzschentke profiles the city’s best jazz joints…

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Elizabeth Childers traces Germany’s relationship with coffee, from first to third wave… 

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Image by Paul Sullivan

Lily Philipose gives us some guided tours through one of Berlin’s Grunewald: Part 1 / Part 2

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Marcel Krueger on the failed ‘July 20′ assassination plot against Hitler and Berlin’s German Resistance Museum…

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James Fancourt takes an autumnal stroll along the Landwehr Kanal (Photos)…

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Palast der Republik, 1977

Notmsparker on East Berlin’s long-demolished people’s palace and the resurrection of the old Prussian Stadtschloss…

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Hamburg resident Brian Melican gives some insider tips on his adopted city…

Image by Paul Sullivan
Image by Paul Sullivan

Robin Oomkes examines Germany’s relationship to its memorials at the House of the Wannsee Conference… 

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