April 16th, 2020

On inspiring cities (1928)

Alfred Döblin, author of Berlin Alexanderplatz, admitted in 1928: "I can write everywhere: at home, on the street, in the restaurant – but really only in Berlin. Without the city I feel distracted."

I'd have to change "in Berlin" to "about Shanghai."


Christmas display of books in Kelly & Walsh bookstore in 1929; the building was on Nanking Road, close to the Sassoon House.