Photo by Jason Harrell
Since opening in a former Spätkauf over a year ago, DIY bar/cafe/bookshop/what-have-you Poor and Literate has attracted a decent crowd of perhaps poor, but most definitely literate people to Kopenhagener Straße in Prenzlauer Berg.
Here, visitors can flip through one of the many second-hand (mostly travel) books, untidily lying on the shelves in a space resembling a 1970s teenage bedroom. Norwegian owner Lise Rangnes and her German partner Andrea Nicolas host everything from lectures and discussions to performances, music and art events.
Their most recent happening is – as they claim – Berlin’s first women-only reading stage (mostly in German). All genders are welcome to spectate, but every second Sunday at 5pm their two-square-metre wooden stage is reserved for ladies only – not very post-gender, but apparently a welcome concept in Berlin.
The theme of the first reading in April was Brunst, which roughly translates to “going into heat”; something about the spring inducing lust and sexual desire. Bring your own text or songs, or just enjoy a glass of whisky (five different brands, €2.50-4) or a beer from local Bierfabrik, make yourself comfortable in one of the old Lufthansa seats and let the women do the talking.