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Subway Odyssey

I was settled into my seat on the U4, cocooned, like the other passengers, in my own thoughts. When suddenly a shriek filled the car. “Mama!  Mama! Mama!” A small boy, perhaps four or five, stood on one side of the closed doors, his frantic mother on the other. As the car pulled away from […]

Public Transport Adventures

Ever since the beginning of the New Year I have noticed a marked increase of ‘ticket checkers’ on the U-Bahn and at the exits. Also since the New Year, I have been completely and utterly without money. Constantly riding without a ticket is a game of cat and mouse. Sometimes they are completely obvious, with […]

Male Manners

Yet another boring meeting. The meeting room is huge and a British woman is presenting “phones for kids,” to a group of marketers for all over Europe. She is standing next to the projection of her power point presentation beaming onto the wall. We are all lounging comfortably in designer meeting-room chairs, rolled away from […]

A Though Run

After a long day, I decided to go for a run to let off steam. Even though it was dark outside, many people were on the streets of the 19th and 20th district celebrating the beginning of the Semesterferien. Set in a trance-like state by the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack, shifting from one foot […]

Vienna Faces

Vienna Faces

Dieter, a writer of, among other things, pig limericks was born in Burgenland and lives in the 6th District of Vienna. He has been known to read his limericks with a pig snout mask on. This is the sixth portrait of Vienna Faces, a series of drawings for The Vienna Review by artist Martin Huxter, prize-winner […]

Catalogue of Aggression

We had just paid the bill and reached for our coats, when a weathered woman at the next table under a thick Russian bear hat, leaned over and addressed me in English, her voice heavily accented: “And which American racket are you part of?” I turned and stared. “Excuse me?” I asked, bewildered. “Is it […]

Sisters, We Have a Problem!

Wouldn’t it be nice – for once – to be able to support a female candidate without reservation for a top political job? Even though “nice” is not a political category. Take Hillary Clinton in the race for the nomination as the Democrat’s candidate for the US presidential election of 2008. It would be liberating […]

Letters to the Editor: March 2008

To the Editor, The current election for the Russian president is hard to call an election, since in reality there was no one to choose between. Majority of the population does not support either Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the explosive leader of Liberal-Democratic Party, nor the immutable Communist party standard bearer Gennady Zuganov. Nevertheless, the presidential election […]

Taliban Return

Afghan women have always lived under the threat of violence, regardless of which regime was in control of the country. But under the Taliban, they became the targets of a particular kind of aggression. In effect, a war was declared directly on Afghani women.  Their expulsion from public spaces was a cornerstone of the regime’s […]

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