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Hofreiter at Josefstadt

The premiere came on the day of the great downpour. Limousines full of finely-dressed dignitaries stopped traffic for blocks. Under wide umbrellas, jeweled ladies and tailored gentlemen were escorted into Theater in der Josefstadt while uncouth taxi drivers screamed and honked until menaced into silence by mustachioed bodyguards. With the Theater an der Wien, the […]

Prince Eugene’s Secret Schloss

Prince Eugene’s Secret Schloss

Schloss Hof, with its dramatic stage of Baroque grandeur, is the largest palace complex in the Austrian countryside. A mere forty-minute drive east of the capital through the flat farmland of the Marchfeld – Vienna’s vegetable garden – it lies just across the March River from the back suburbs of Bratislava. A setting of extraordinary […]

City of Celluloid Dreams

“Wien im Film” (Vienna in the Movies: Images of the city from 100 years), the current exhibition at the Wien Museum, is not a film festival. Instead, it is a unique and innovative exhibition comprised solely of film clips that cumulatively create a portrait of the city. Vienna is the star here. The exhibit is […]


Franz Schubert was the quintessential Viennese composer, the only great master really native to this city. He was born in the 9th District and died in the 4th (perhaps that’s all one needs to know: it was all I needed once to pass a music history test). He managed to condense the artistic production of […]

Vienna Honors Sylvia Beach

It was raining when I arrived at Shakespeare & Company’s street fair on May 7, so the festivities celebrating Sylvia Beach were over. But no matter—because I was there for the books. Secreted away on a picturesque lane in the heart of the Ruprechtsviertel, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Shakespeare & Company at Sterngaße […]

Courage does not always roar

Lack of inspiration is the most terrifying thing a writer can experience in life. It is as if the devil himself has taken away all feelings, thoughts and imagination. The struggle against emptiness becomes a fight with the self. To win, one attempts to bring back brilliant ideas by reading slogans on advertisements, notes on […]

The world of carelessness

The other day I passed by the park I frequented when I was very young. I was there every day after school; it was the meeting place, the place where all of us flew into the world of carelessness. On this day, I stopped to watch the children on the playground. Sitting off to the […]

Sending tears to earth

There is nothing on earth more comforting than the sound of millions of tiny raindrops knocking at your window, seeking permission to enter your soul and put out burning passions of your heart. But these, to me, gentle sounds seem to be calming after all. Uneven rhythms create the feeling of sadness. The clouds, sending […]

The Vatican Sides with the Serbian Church

When Kosovo declared its independence in January 2008, Serbia and five of the 27 EU members along with some 89 other sovereign states refused to recognize it, sending the case to the International Court of Justice. Public hearings held last December in Hague are still inconclusive. And now, the cause has been further complicated by […]

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