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’Deadly Murder’ Can Be Fun

What would you do if the young man you had picked up at a party and just had a romp in bed with turned nasty and refused to leave until certain demands were met? Call the security guard of your building? Yes, that’s just what Camille, loft-living, jewellery-designing darling of the not-quite-young-any-more, fashionable Manhattan set […]

Braver Than She Knew

Braver Than She Knew

“I used to be Shirley Valentine, who turned me into this?” a middle aged Liverpool housewife asks the cream colored walls of her small kitchen. She is sipping a glass of Riesling while preparing the daily egg and chips for her husband, and dreaming of the trip to Greece her friend Jane has suggested. Bitterness […]

Ghettoizing Identity

Ghettoizing Identity

Once, as I picked up the Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen at his hotel, the receptionist asked me if I was his driver. After hesitating, I nodded yes. Among my various identities that day, that of driver was the most obvious to him. This sense of multiple identities is something that Sen himself highlighted mischievously […]

Intercultural Blunders

Intercultural Blunders

In the summer of 1997, Time magazine covered the G7 summit near Denver and reported the following: As soon as it happened, the incident became legend. Germans called it ‘the boots fiasco.’ French commentators sniggered over it. On June 21, as Bill Clinton was playing host to world leaders in Denver, the guests were asked […]

After Dark: Beach Bar Boozing

The sand is still cold and a little wet, but it feels good to curl the toes into it. Comfortably leaning back in one of the red deck chairs, people chat away as they enjoy drinking cocktails or long drinks on a beach in the center of Vienna. If it weren’t for the hundreds of […]

Corpus Christi In Perchtoldsdorf

Community becomes theatre during the Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam) procession In the small town of Perchtoldsdorf, near Vienna, – which takes place 10 days after the rest of Austria and the world celebrate. Called Corpus Christi – the body of Christ, or Eucharist, that each Catholic can receive during the most important part of the mass […]

Earthquake

Earthquake

Webster University China’s faculty and staff were left unharmed by the powerful earthquake that shook China’s Sichuan province on May 12, 2008. Despite the Chengdu campus’s geographical proximity to the epicenter of the quake, no one was hurt, as there were no classes in session that day. Webster China director Dr. Richard Foristel at the […]

Cold Shoulder in the US

Cold Shoulder in the US

I had been to the United States once before 9/11. This spring, however, the experience was strange from the beginning. It started in Vienna, when, after I had gone through passport and security controls, an Austrian employee told me that I didn’t have a valid ticket – the same one I had just checked in […]

Winds of Change

Winds of Change

A historic moment for Serbia, and one of the many this country has gone through over the last decade. But this one may even have greater significance than those preceding it – it could result in the end of Serbia’s international isolation. In a country where election after election has changed little, the May 11 […]

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