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John Riceburg

On Easter weekend, Berlin notoriously becomes a fetish mecca (moreso). But not all kinksters are leather, studs and muscles. Meet Marie, a 22-year-old college student and former hippie, has given up her peace sign for a new hobby: hitting men. more

Interviews & Portraits

John visits the spruced up home of some local gorillas and in the wildly political world of zoo housing, finds parallels to Berlin's housing situation – if animals paid rent. more

Opinion

John's landlord just upped his rent. What are his options – besides murder, that is? more

Opinion 2 Comments

The Left Party (Die Linke) or the other nine small parties just not left enough for you? Wladek looks at three communist parties that are even further to the left. more

Opinion 1 Comments

John is allowed to vote for the first time – but all the parties seem pretty awful. Can you help him out? more

Opinion 6 Comments

Is this summer of epic rain in Berlin going to be the new normal? John's flooded apartment building suggests that climate change is already part of our daily lives. more

Opinion 3 Comments

Half a year after Trump’s election, are you getting the feeling it’s time to get the hell out of the US? Here’s a surprising new trick – and a seven-digit number – that some Americans can use to get dual citizenship in Germany. It worked for me. more

Politics

Two new pandas have arrived at the Berlin zoo! John says: Meh. more

Opinion

Last Sunday, Berlin saw the biggest bike demonstration in the world – and perhaps the biggest traffic jam in years. For John, pissing off so many car owners was pure glee. more

Opinion

Is Berlin getting a new Knut? Berlin has a new polar bear that everyone's going gaga over in the press. It won't be housed at the Zoological Garden, but at Tierpark Berlin. Never heard of it? Here's the past, present and future of the East's zoo. more

Insider Tips

John's Hausverwaltung may be illegally charging him more money for a relatively common practice among tenants here. And, with regret, he's just going to let it happen... more

Opinion 3 Comments

John is thinking about death, and also kids. And hoping the "sharing economy" will come through for him. more

Opinion

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Photo by John Riceburg

John is a grown man who loves the zoo. Naturally, he has to defend himself against myriad zoo haters. more

Opinion

Desperate people are banging on the door, begging to be let in. That's right: John is trying to rent out a room in Neukölln. more

Opinion

John put on the black to support women's rights in Poland. more

Opinion

Whether you'd vote for them or not, we've already begun missing Die PARTEI's hilarious campaign. To cap off his experience of the election season, John went to the satirical party's party. more

Opinion

Just 11 more days until the elections. John doesn't think any of the parties would deserve his vote. more

Opinion 2 Comments

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Rape culture is alive and kicking in Germany – as shown by a verdict this Monday. more

Opinion 1 Comments

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Aza Raskin

Walking around Neukölln in summer makes John want to puke. And he loves it. more

Opinion

John looks at the rape case that has Germans up in arms. more

Opinion

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