The second in a pair of essays today on being an expat in Berlin.
"Here is the real core of the religious problem:
Help! H e l p !"
—William James, Varieties of Religious Experience
"You're in Berlin because you feel like a failure."
I had met this man all of ten minutes ago and he had already summed me up neatly. I made subtle readjustments to my clothing, as if it had been a wayward bra strap or an upwardly mobile hemline that had given me away. More likely it was my blank stare in response to his question, "So, what brings you to [...]