Mitch Berman





Featured nonfiction:

10 Photos: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from The Points Guy (August 2015)

Photo essay with pictures by

Kofi Lee-Berman & Mitch Berman



Featured fiction:

“The Death of Nu-Nu” (TriQuarterly)


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Cloth, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1987

Illustration:  Bryn Barnard


Paper, Ballantine Books, 1988


Time Capsule, Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Hemingway Award nominee, 1988, by Putnam’s

A New York Times New and Noteworthy Book

High-intensity jazz for the very sharpest of readers.

                   —Kurt Vonnegut

A gifted writer willing to take on the  most terrifying theme of our century and wrestle it to the ground.                 Russell Banks


Seduces the reader. Mitch Berman’s prose is risky and phonic.

                    —New York Times

 Brilliant, funny, and inventive. A science-fictional Huckleberry Finn. There’s abso­lute­ly nothing like it.      —Ishmael Reed


A true tour-de-force.

                    —Gail Godwin

A coura­geous, auda­­cious gesture  ... A brave and heartening book.

              —Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times


Authors and critics on Time Capsule


Time Capsule is also discussed in these books


Concrete, the classic comic by Paul Chadwick, shows the hardcover illustration of Time Capsule by Bryn Barnard. Click for larger image



    The Red Shoes

           A Novel



The Red Shoes, in progress. A reversal of the Hans Christian Andersen story (and the classic film) in which the shoes are not ballet slippers but size-24 basketball sneakers, and the protagonist is not a ballet dancer but a young black 7-foot NBA player, not an innocent victim of fate but a complex Faustian antihero who, tempted by fame, makes all the wrong choices. Herein the tale of his rapid rise, sudden fall, and final redemption only when success is no longer possible. Synopsis here.



Immoral Woman, The Gettysburg Review, Winter 1991 (published in different form as "Interview with an Angel") 


Actress Ruan Lingyu, the subject of Immoral Woman




McSweeney's / Litquake 2011 Barbary Coast Award to Ishmael Reed, McSweeney's, October 2011 [original essay]

Pow Wow:  American Short Fiction from Then to Now, Da Capo Press (an imprint of Perseus Press), Ishmael Reed and Carla Blank, editors, 2009 [“The Poorest Boy in Chicago,” a story]

Reviews for Pow Wow

Read the story “The Poorest Boy in Chicago”


Sensory Impact, a chapbook, with ZZ Packer and Elmaz Abinader, June 2007


Sudden Fiction (Continued), a collection of short-short stories, Robert Shapard and James Thomas, editors, W.W. Norton, 1996 (cloth and paper) [“To Be Horst,” a story]

Read the story “To Be Horst”



The Male Body, a collection of stories, essays and poems, Laurence Goldstein, editor, U. Michigan Press, 1994 (cloth) and 1995 (paper) [To Be Horst,” a story]

Read the story “To Be Horst”



Voices of the Xiled, an anthology of fiction by young writers, Doubleday, 1994 [Wabi,” a story]

Read the story “Wabi






Children of the Dragon: The Story of Tiananmen Square, a collection of eyewitness accounts of and historical essays about the 1989 Chinese student movement, Collier/Macmillan, 1990 (cloth and paper) [co-editor]




listed here





"Sand," So It Goes:  The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Vol. 3, forthcoming, 2014


“Billy Moscow and Me,” Descant, Vol. 139, Winter 2008


The Death of Nu-Nu,” TriQuarterly, Fall 2000


Selected as one of the Distinguished Short Stories of 2000 in Best American Short Stories 2001, Barbara Kingsolver, ed., Katrina Kenison, series ed.


Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, 2001



A Walk in the Park,” Southwest Review, Fall 1999



A Story of Many Titles,” Agni, Spring 1995; reprinted in Temenos, 2001



To These Guys,” Witness, November 1994


Selected for Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XX:  1996, Bill Henderson, series ed.

Pushcart Prize nominee, 1996


The Board,” Confrontation, Fall 1994


Voice-Over for the Documentary Scenes from the Films of Konkowsky as Recalled by the Executor of his  Estate,” Boulevard, Fall 1994


Pushcart Prize nominee, 1996

[Both this story and “To These Guys” were nominated that year]




The Urbane,” Brooklyn Review, Summer 1994




Wabi,” Chicago Review, Fall 1993



Pushcart Prize nominee, 1994-95




To Be Horst,” Michigan Quarterly Review, Fall 1993 


The Making of The Making of the Illusion of Gravity,” Boulevard, Summer 1993




The Day My Fingers Stopped,” Antioch Review, Fall 1992





The Poorest Boy in Chicago,” Southwest Review, Fall 1992


Selected for Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XVIII:  1993-1994, Bill Henderson, series ed.

Pushcart Prize nominee, 1993-4










Malmö,” Boulevard, Spring 1992 [Pushcart Prize nominee, 1993]

Pushcart Prize nominee, 1993-4

[Both this story and “The Poorest Boy in Chicago” were nominated that year]



The Red Planets Lean Machine [not authors title], Omni, July 1990


A Thousand Steps,” DV-8 magazine, 1988



Time Capsule,” extract from the novel, Agni Review, 1986





SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS:    [nonfiction cited in these books]     




10 Photos: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

from The Points Guy (August 12, 2015)


The Mint Effect -- Why Transcon Fares are Dropping

from The Points Guy (August 3, 2015)



Original Essay, McSweeney's / Litquake Barbary Coast Award to Ishmael Reed, McSweeney's, October 2011



From Be-Bop to Hip-Hop,” profile of jazz drummer Max Roach, Los Angeles Times Magazine, September 15, 1991 (coauthor:  Susanne Lee)


Orwells Bells,” eyewitness account of Chinas 1989 student movement, Conjunctions, May 1991 (coauthor:  Susanne Lee)


J.P. Morgan Meets Kasparov,” article on chess hustlers in Washington Square Park, Smart magazine, January 1991


Enemies: A Chess Story,” profile of world chess champions Kasparov and Karpov, Los Angeles Times Magazine, October 7, 1990 (reprinted, Melbourne Age, January 1991)





                             Selected for Notable Sports

                             Writing, Best American Sports

                             Writing 1991

                             David Halberstam, editor,

                             Glenn Stout, series editor


Getting the Story on China,” on 5 books of nonfiction, Mother Jones, July 1990 (coauthor:  Susanne Lee)


Is China Still Hopeful? on Mu & Thompsons Crisis at Tiananmen, The Nation, 1990 (coauthor:  Susanne Lee)


Very Quiet. Too Quiet,” on Harrison Salisburys Tiananmen Diary, The Nation, October 30, 1989 (coauthor:  Susanne Lee)


Sweets from Harlan Ellison,” on Ellisons Angry Candy, Los Angeles Times Book Review, 1989


Reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism, Ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Vol. 139. Detroit: Gale Group, 2001



Bullets in Beijing,” eyewitness account of the crackdown on the Chinese student movement, cover piece for the Village Voice, June 20, 1989 (coauthor:  Susanne Lee)


The Bradbury Chronicles,” on Ray Bradburys The Toynbee Convector, Los Angeles Times Book Review, 1988










Instant Konkowsky, 2009


Wrote, designed and produced for CD-ROM and website an interactive multimedia fiction project including graphics, music, text and 40 minutes of video (produced and directed all video segments with Susanne Lee; programmer for CD-ROM:  Eric Lee)

See the full movie at imdb.comInstant Konkowsky at the Internet Movie Database (

View the stills (left)




Founding Editor-in-Chief of Hyper Hyper. The first multimedia magazine to publish on DVD (as well as on CD-ROM and website), Hyper Hyper covers film, music, sculpture, comics, multimedia projects, prose and poetry

Featured artists include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, three MacArthur genius grants, two Grammies, two Taiwan Golden Horses for Best Picture, twelve Hong Kong Film Awards and two Cannes Film Festival Awards






Invisible Skylines

Photos by Kofi Lee-Berman and Mitch Berman













Jazz Fiction:  A History and Comprehensive Guide, by David Rife, Scarecow Press, 2007







In a Dark Time: The Apocalyptic Temper in the American Novel of the Nuclear Age, by Joseph Dewey, Purdue University Press, 1990






Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, by Charles N. Brown and William G. Contento, Locus Publications, 1988






The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Cocreation, by Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble and George Lipsitz, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013





Call and recall: Hybridity, mobility, and dialogue between jazz and hip hop, Jesse L. MacBurnie Stewart, University of Guelph (Canada), 2008






A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Writers and Artists on Twenty-five Years of Star Wars, Glenn Kenney, ed., Holt Paperbacks, 2002




Dangerous Crossroads:  Popular Music, Postmodernism, and the Focus of Place, by George Lipsitz, Haymarket Series (Verso), 1997








Sounding Off:  Music as Subversion/Resistance/Revolution, by Ron Sakolsky and Fred Wei-Han Ho (editors), Autonomedia, 1996





Black Noise, by Tricia Rose, Wesleyan University Press, 1994






Two haiku, Modern Haiku, June 1994






Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Hemingway Award nominations, 1987, for Time Capsule (a novel) [submitted by G.P. Putnams Sons]


Finalist in two book categories (novel and story collection), Michigan Literary Fiction Awards (open only to authors of previously published books of literary fiction), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007


Two Pushcart Prize nominations, 2001, for “The Death of Nu-Nu” (a story) 


Pushcart Prize Special Mention, 1996, for “To These Guys” (a story), The Pushcart Prize XX:  1996, Bill Henderson, series ed.; Pushcart Prize nomination


Pushcart Prize nomination, 1996, for “Voice-Over for the Documentary Scenes from the Films of Konkowsky as Recalled by the Exec­u­tor of his Estate” (a story)


Pushcart Prize nomination, 1994, for Wabi (a story)


Pushcart Prize Special Mention, 1993-1994, for The Poorest Boy in Chicago (a story), The Pushcart Prize XVIII:  1993-1994, Bill Henderson, series ed.; Pushcart Prize nomination


Pushcart Prize nomination, 1993, for Malmö (a story)


Selected for Notable Sports Writing, Best American Sports Writing 1991, David Halberstam, ed., Glenn Stout, series ed., for Enemies: A Chess Story,” Los Angeles Times Magazine, October 7, 1990


West Side YMCA Open Voice Award, 1987, New York





Selected Readings and Appearances:  Instituto Lenguas Vivas "Juan Ramón Fernández" (Buenos Aires, Argentina); City University of Hong Kong, Kubrick Bookstore, Book Attic, Joyce is Not Here, Fringe Club (Hong Kong); Shakespeare and Company (Paris, France); Master of Ceremonies at PEN American Center's Annual New Writers Reading, Bowery Poetry Club, The Living Theatre, West Side YMCA, Biblios, Ceres Gallery, Dixon Place, Featured writer, PEN American Center's Annual New Writers Reading (New York City); Elliott Bay (Seattle); Cody’s (Berkeley); George Sand (Los Angeles); California Writers Club, Pomegranate Café, San Jose State University (San Jose, California); Mountain View Performing Arts Center (Mountain View, CA); Hungry Mind (Minneapolis); B Dalton (New York); Lincoln Center (Chicago); Kramerbooks (Washington, D.C.)






M.F.A., Columbia University, graduate writing program, June 1991

A.B., University of California at Berkeley, social sciences, June 1979


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