Later when they moved to New York they shared an apartment and adopted the moniker Silver Jews, in part after the 1960s group Silver Apples and slang for blonde-haired Jewish people.
Malkmus had also founded another band, Pavement, with his childhood friend Scott Kannberg. Berman tried to protect the Silver Jews' individuality by listing Malkmus and Nastanovich under aliases.
Dan Koretzky, founder of the Chicago-based indie label Drag City, met Berman at a Pavement show. When he heard of the Silver Jews' tapes, Koretsky offered to release them.
In 1999, Berman's first collection of poetry, the critically-acclaimed Actual Air, was published by Open City Press.
Though he was a reluctant live performer as a musician, Berman occasionally did readings of his short stories and poems in both the U.S. and the U.K.
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