Elli auf dem Pferd, oil painting by Annemirl Bauer, portraying Charlie A Raya / Ellen Paschiller
Elli auf dem Pferd is an oil painting by Annemirl Bauer, early 80s, depicting me as a child. It still tells a lot about me. The title translates: Elli on the horse.
sketch: Ellen Paschiller
A sketch I did after seeing my friend Easy in a coma. This is where and when the idea for Easy Town started to emerge.

About the Author – Charlie Alice Raya


‘Hm. Tell me about yourself.’
‘No. This project is not about me.’
Tom raised his eyebrows, surprised. And Alice Adler added, a little impatiently: ‘You’ll learn enough about me if I tell you about the project. Everything else is a waste of time. Interesting but irrelevant.’

book 1: beginning, or drafting a town experiment

‘I wasn’t brought up,’ she said with a strange calmness in her voice, and then she gradually turned the following remark into something positive. ‘And it would seem that, without adult interference, kids couldn’t care less about nationalities, traditions or customs. They just love the world and more so adventures.’

book 2: travelling, and we need to talk about sex

‘My friend Easy was not fine. Many of us on this planet are not fine. But maybe we could be.’
Tom swallowed and looked up from his writing. But her clear eyes had a note of cheekiness in them. She had all these questions and saw the misery, but she wanted to do something about it, not dwell on it, her eyes seemed to tell him.

book 1: beginning, or drafting a town experiment

‘Hachiro. Don’t look like that. I remember the Berlin Wall. From both sides. I was six or seven years old, still living in East Berlin, when my mother took me to the Brandenburg Gate one night. You couldn’t get close to the gate on the East side, maybe as close as today’s Hotel Adlon. For me as a small kid, it was a huge empty space. No one else was around. I could see the Siegessäule through the Brandenburg Gate. And my mother said into this empty night: “This is where we want to go.” It was a solemn moment and a very strange one.

book 2: travelling, and we need to talk about sex

photographies and sketch © Charlie Alice Raya