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Digesting the Food Problem

We are what we eat. But what we eat is not only our personal decision. It has always been determined by a complex web of political, cultural and business dynamics. Today more than ever, nutrition is related to issues of environmental destruction, special corporate interests, illnesses and health risks. The way most food is produced […]

The Irish Poet of Europe

Irish poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney visited the Austrian Capital to deliver the Keynote Address for the seventh biannual conference of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS), held in Vienna this year for the first time. At the opening session on Sept. 3 in the Großer Festsaal of the […]

Consuming Love, Or What’s Left of It

Consuming Love, Or What’s Left of It

Will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day? Will you buy roses, go for a dinner in a luxurious restaurant, buy a little teddy bear with a big red heart? Or will you boycott that kitschy capitalistic product of American culture, condemning it as crass celebration consumption? Or will you simply be ambivalent? Well, don’t be. As […]

Meeting with the Mogul

Meeting with the Mogul

He had been described to me as an old man – you know, someone weak of voice, hard of hearing, perhaps with a glimmer of youth still in his eye. Then I met Eric Pleskow, whose walking stick is merely an accessory as he marches forth into the next encounter. His pace cannot have lost […]

Book Review: Tony Judt’s Postwar

Book Review: Tony Judt’s Postwar

A History of Two Europes British historian Tony Judt will be in Vienna this month in honor of the August release of the  German edition of Postwar, his monumental account of Europe since 1945.  The scope of this extraordinary work is vast, ranging from the loss of the Portuguese colonies to corruption in Kiev, from […]

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