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Fire at the Ringtheater

Vienna’s famous Ringstrasse, the imposing nineteenth century boulevard laid out on ground occupied formerly by the Renaissance city walls, is graced with many iconic buildings. One of the most interesting, however, is no longer standing. The Ringtheater at Schottenring 7, across from the Old Stock Exchange, was destroyed by fire in December 1881, dramatically altering […]

The Gate Crasher

“The ticket was EUR150, but for a pretty thing like you I’d do 85,” said the tall man standing in the Rathaus Park. “I’ve only got 50,” I said, in feigned distress. “Just give it to him, we can’t use it anyway,” said the slender man on the tall man’s arm. “Is it real?” I […]

Nights Like Days – (A First-Quarter Life Crisis)

Long and tenebrous are the hours you chase after your potential. Much like anticipating dawn from between the shielded four walls of an afterhours bar on Schönbrunner Strasse; overcrowded and suspicious, you turn yourself in to whatever comes your way, secretly hoping that this time maybe it won’t be a Jägerbomb. Just like the venue […]

On Turning Privacy to Opportunity

It is a well-known – though questionable – truth in the online community that consumers won’t pay for privacy. Accordingly, most companies regard the entire issue warily, seeing only expensive disclosure requirements, constraints on their ability to collect information about their customers, and a potential source of legal liabilities. So they consult lawyers and IT […]

The Cultural Revolution

“A revolution is not a dinner party,” Mao Zedong once famously stated. But when he launched China’s Cultural Revolution to speed the advance of socialism, did he expect his people would soon be eating their dinner off dishes decorated with revolutionary scenes and slogans? Drawing on an exceptional collection of everyday objects, documentary photos and […]

Dancing to a Trench Coat

Le Concours, that concluded its 2011 run Jun. 4 at the Volksoper, is an amusing confection of a ballet put together by Maurice Béjart at the height of his fame in 1985. Béjart’s own Ballet of the 20th Century danced the premiere of Le Concurs in the Théatre du Châtelet, a temple of contemporary dance. […]

EU Competitiveness Trap: Leaders Need to Refocus

A flawed understanding of what drives economic growth has emerged as the gravest threat to recovery in Europe. European policymakers are obsessed with national “competitiveness,” and genuinely appear to think that prosperity is synonymous with trade surpluses. This largely explains why Germany is routinely cited as an example of a strong, “competitive” economy. But economic […]

Too Much of a Good Thing

“Too much perfection is not good for photography,” photographer Helmut Klein told a group of students at Webster University Vienna experimenting with genres and media across the analogue/digital divide.  Back in Vienna from recent photo shoots in Venice and in Israel sandwiched between meetings with his publisher in Germany, Klein drew on examples from a […]

Melby Joyce & Sheila Cooper

When cabin fever strikes in Vienna, it’s blessedly easy to get out of the house. Two such occasions recently found me enjoying contrasting jazz performances that helped restore my faith in the future of jazz. Long a believer in live jazz as a tonic to the routine, the temptation to access the music libraries of […]

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