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Book Review: Norman Lebrecht’s Why Mahler?

Why We Love Mahler May was Mahler month worldwide, as it marked the 100th anniversary of his death in 1911, the beloved conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic and the hero of the Viennese scene. Actually, we have been celebrating Mahler for a while now, as 2010 marked the 150th anniversary of his birth. So here […]

Geneva on the Rhine

Twenty years ago, in the immediate aftermath of Germany’s reunification, French magazines were full of caricatures of Chancellor Helmut Kohl wearing the traditional pointed Prussian helmet. The new Germany was perceived as a threat to the European balance. Germany was simply “too much” again. German geopolitical ambitions, it was believed, would invariably seek greater proportionality […]

Fashions on the Wörthersee

The tent’s white curtains were flapping quietly in the wind whispering off the Wörthersee as excited voices mingled with the clink of glasses and water lapping at the dock. It was impossible not to feel the tingle of anticipation that had been mounting throughout the evening. We had come down to the My Lake Hotel […]

Ham and Eggs

Cooking is not for everyone. And especially not for those who like to keep the stove on 0, because this is the only way to be sure there is ZERO chance of burning down the house. How do I know? Oh well. As hopeless as some (of us) may be in the kitchen, everyone likes […]

Vienna’s Mozartean Rendez-vous (In Cultural Goulash)

there is a place where you can go to meet many worlds: Vienna’s Saturday Rendezvous in Wien’s Naschmarkt arena – a Mozartean mosaic where Variety Fevers unfold; a smorgasbord of global scale in gourmet mania the cultures are goulashed   New Zealand’s sweet corn on the cob Arabian breads and Doner Kebab the Congo’s big […]

Love or Money

It was a Thursday evening; I was about to book my flight to Belgrade. I typed “cheap flights” into Google. The first website: www.fluege.de. ‘Sounds ok,’ I thought as I booked a flight that perfectly matched my schedule. I was to leave at 6:25 on Wednesday, returning to Vienna at 16:35 Tuesday afternoon. I was […]

Back to the Typewriter

Professional writers have a lot of enemies – publishers, deadlines, sometimes even last week’s interview subject. My personal biggest enemy is distraction – Twitter, Facebook, and my blog seem to all sing their siren song to me the moment I put my fingers on my laptop.  (I’ve spent more afternoons “writing” than I care to […]

On Air Enemies

In an attempt to bargain for a bigger budget in October 2010, Walter Isaacson, chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and former head of CNN and TIME, lashed out at several of America’s allies and trading partners, describing them as threats to current U.S. interests. “We can’t allow ourselves to be out-communicated by […]

Book Review: John Leake’s The Vienna Woods Killer

Capturing ‘The Vienna Woods Killer’ It is early 1991, and the Viennese press is abuzz with news of a killer operating in the red light district. At the center of the media frenzy, investigating the prostitute homicides, is Jack Unterweger, one time con, now successful man of letters, a ‘bad boy made good’. Such is […]

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