Letters to the Editor: Oct. 2012

To the Editor

[Re “Uniting Europe, One Case at a TimeTVR Sept. 2012] This is Balkanisation, an old Austrian concept rather more successful prior to 1914 than after. But Habsburg Austria was in many ways more liberal than the European Union and its strength lay in celebrating diversity, not the authoritarian regimentation now coming from Brussels – and culture not just crude utilitarianism. Austrians built universities and centres of the arts. For example, Ukrainian identity, language and literature last flourished under Austrian rule. But this largest of European countries is currently outside the EU; and Lemberg, so important in the Austrian Empire, is now isolated.

Steve Patriarca
Vienna

 

To the Editor

We are two writers “on parole,” passing through Vienna, who came upon your splendid journal while dining at Café Sperl. We especially liked the essay on Joseph Roth. [“The Shadowy Soul of Joseph Roth” by Jessica Spiegel, TVR, Sept. 2012] We are on our way to Oxford where we will be Senior Associates at St. Antony’s College for the fall term.

But we are fascinated by Vienna, which we last visited in the epochal year 1989. We hope you will have time to tell us about your journal, [as] for two decades I perpetrated foreign affairs editorials at The New York Times and have written twelve books, the last three co-authored with my wife Shareen Brysac, herself a veteran of CBS News.

Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac
New York City

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