Letters to the Editor: Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011

The Vienna Review welcomes letters from its readers

To the Editor,

Thank you for the last issue with the contrasting photographs of a splendid Martha Graham dancer and the off-putting pink Haydn opera set.  Also, the writing of Cynthia Peck on music and dance is especially enjoyable. What is special about her writing is that her experience as a witness of a performance takes us with her.  She is not afraid to put herself into her piece, and on matters of culture, as opposed to say, politics, this is most welcome.

Thank you also for the writing of Oliver MacDonald whose passion for opera is compelling.

Gila Perach Hirsh

To the Editor,

In reading the last edition of the newspaper, I certainly enjoyed the article about the Skinheads and the FPÖ. It put forth an interesting example of issues in press freedom of the same situation in two countries colliding itself over juridical differences. Even though not stated, it was clearly something to be thought of in the framework of the European Union.

I felt confused however, with the article about the HISTOMUN, which in all its positive aspects was full of details seemed to need more simplicity in some parts. These led me to believe people that have not participated in one MUN would not understand the text, that kept shifting nicely from a description to a narrative.

Thomas R. Faria

The authors reply: In the article “Rewriting UN History,” we combined the description of the actual events of the sessions and the goals behind them with political analysis, while trying to be as explanatory as possible. Since we were particpants ourselves, we may have assumed some prior knowledge of the workings of the real UN,  on which the HISTOMUN is modeled.   

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