The changing meanings of The Needle are the inspiration for these pages. Above Alexanderplatz is Berlin's television tower. The Needle surveilled the city during East German times like a threatening eye; then its meaning changed after the Berlin Wall fell. Berliners now think of the tower as a giant disco ball flirting with the city lights––a symbol of sex, electronic music and youth culture. This weekly documents the Berlin Renaissance today, mindful of a dramatic and terrifying history. Berlin is Europe's most exciting city, and The Needle is here to share.
About the Author
Joseph Pearson is a writer based in Berlin. Born in Canada, he was educated at Cambridge University, UK, where he received his doctorate in history in 2001. He is currently writing a non-fiction portrait of Berlin for a London-based publisher (forthcoming 2016). He is also the essayist and blogger of the Schaubühne Theatre, one of Berlin's best known state-funded institutions. Since 2008, he has written The Needle, which has become one of Berlin's most popular blogs. His writing has appeared widely in the press, literary and academic journals, and has been translated into German, Italian, French, and Arabic. Having taught at Columbia University in New York City, he now lectures at New York University Berlin (since 2012). For professional inquiries please contact: needleberlin [AT] gmail.com OR joseph [AT] cantab.net.