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Book Review: When Nietzsche Wept, by Irvin D. Yalom

Talking Through Despair It’s 1882, and the specter of nihilism is stalking Europe. Despair runs rampant and unchecked through the population. Conventional medicine has precious little consolation to offer the suffering, and its alternative – religious mysticism – seems even less effective. Western civilization is in dire need of a new school of treatment for […]

Polishing Up Vienna’s Passages

A stroll through the subterranean Karlsplatz Passage by night is not, shall we say, totally prepossessing. It’s seedy and worn, hardly Vienna at its best – a place one Wiener Linien official characterized as being “primarily associated with drug dealing and homelessness.” But a planned €21 million reconstruction aims to restore the once-welcoming pedestrian concourse […]

Dollar Devalued

On Oct. 21, the U.S. dollar dipped below the $1.50 threshold against the euro for the first time in 14 months, marking a 20% decline since last March. And it’s not over; experts predict the dollar’s precipitous decline will continue, possibly reaching $1.60 by early next year. In the world of finance, some will be […]

The Pontiff, John Lennon and Me

“Prague, the city of a hundred spires” – that’s how the Czech capital was advertised to me in an e-mail from a friend, insisting I spend a free weekend to visit. Sure, why not? 4.1 million international tourists per year can’t be wrong, after all. One cursory Wikipedia search and a five-hour train ride later, […]

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