Letters to the Editor: May 2009

The Vienna Review welcomes letters from its readers

To the Editor,

Thank you very, very much for Cynthia Peck Kubaczek’s review “The Sound of Color” in the April edition of The Vienna Review, about our Musikverein concert “The Koan Projekt.”  This is the best and most knowledgeable critique that I have ever read in my life. I wish that all the so-called music critics could go study with her and perhaps shave off just a sliver of her approach to writing.

Flip Philipp, Principal Percussionist

Vienna Symphony 


To the Editor,

I was pleased to see the strong essay on PR and Politics by editor in chief Dardis McNamee in the Mar. 1, 2009 edition of The Vienna Review. I was not aware of the publication until someone sent me a link, but will keep an eye on it regularly now. How long have you been publishing?

Stuart Ewen, Distinguished Professor, 

Ph.D. Programs in History and Sociology

City University of New York


To the Editor,

I want to compliment you on the wonderful review of Partenope, by Cynthia Peck Kubiczek; I can’t think of a paper left in this country — oh maybe the NY Review — that is willing any more to make room for critical writing on this level, so knowledgeable and so alive. Please send me any other reviews she has done. And does the Vienna Review have a website?

Alan Rich, Fmr music critic, The New York Times and Newsweek 


America Reads in the March, 2009 edition of The Vienna Review misrepresented the Amerika Haus in Vienna, in that it suggests that the program was closed abrubtly in 1998. In fact the dismantling began much earlier, toward the end of the first Bush Administration in the early 90s and continuing under the Clinton administration.

“Ironically,” said former director of the Amerika Haus Roswitha Haller. “in Democratic administrations there have always been cuts; under the Republicans we always had plenty of money. The Abschaffung began in the first Clinton administration; But Jesse Helms wanted the USIA folded into the State Department – We were doomed.”

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