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A Little Village for a Big, Historic Meeting

A Little Village for a Big, Historic Meeting

In the night of 8 and 9 May, 1945, the American General Stanley E. Reinhart and his Soviet counterpart Dimitri A. Dritschkin met in a private house in the Lower Austrian village of Erlauf to celebrate the victory over Hilter’s army. This historic moment became the starting point for a long and intensive critical engagement with war […]

This or That Coincidence

There’s no such thing as a coincidence! That’s been said all the way from the ancient Greeks until Wittgenstein. On Thursday, Jun. 17, Bertrand de Billy conducted his last subscription concert at the Musikverein as the music director of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (RSO), exactly the same day that, at 13:11, the new ORF […]

The Wilder Side of Vienna

Due to poor planning, I’ve been unable to venture to the Vienna Woods in search of what I hoped would be the subject of this month’s column. I’d been aiming to catch a glimpse of the handsome – but shy and solitary – black stork; a considerably less gregarious bird than its white relative. Living […]

Fischer’s Failure, Austria’s Shame

Fischer’s Failure, Austria’s Shame

Austrian immigration policy is a black box, deliberately kept that way by both the politicians and the media. Bad people get sent away and good people get to stay, it seems – at least according to members of both the upper and middle classes I’ve spoken to on my travels. For some reason, Austrians think […]

The Mysterious Creature ‘Lulu’

Who or what is LULU? Is she a courtesan? A cheap whore? A calculating hussy? A brazen murderer? Maybe a frigid wife who can only abandon herself to a sex killer? Someone unable to have a relationship or to love? Or maybe even a lesbian? What’s most important? To do business, have social status or […]

The Screwball Comedy of Today

When Screwball comedy became famous in the 1930’s, it opened a new chapter for theater. It created a female character rarely seen in the history of Western entertainment, one that dominates men and challenges the concept of maleness. It introduced unlikely situations between characters and brought in a fast-paced dialogue never before seen. These comedies […]

‘An Education’ for Life

An Education is a finely crafted and captivating new film by Danish director Lone Scherfig, displaying her sure instinct for illuminating the quirkiness of human nature. Based on Lynn Barber’s 2003 essay in the British literary journal Granta, the film narrates the author’s journey from innocence to experience – how in the early 1960s, as […]

Fault Lines of Vienna

Whose fault are the lines? Geography, history, humanity?   Eastern Alps meeting western Carpathians The ancient route – the amber road That led from dark and freezing shores To warm and lusty Rome. Romans and Huns, Bavarians and Celts, Slavs and Jews, All came and met and formed The crucible of north and south, Darkness […]

Soggy Days in Vienna

Another drop on my window and I will freak out. In Vienna, it has been raining for almost a month without a break. Okay, we did have some sunny days, sparks of hope that the summer has truly come. Nevertheless, the very next day the sky would open its wide mouth again and spill oceans […]

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