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Freyung Market

Wandering around Vienna’s city center, just a couple of blocks away from the buzzing crowds at the Kärnterstrasse, I turned a corner and found myself at the Freyung, transformed into an organic Farmers’ Market, alive with color and bustling with life. This dormant square awakens on Fridays and Saturdays every second week, when farmers from […]

Dreaming on a Magic Carpet

Dreaming on a Magic Carpet

The announcement appeared one Thursday in Der Standard – only a small picture at the bottom of an inside page. But there it was, The Couch, draped with the original Oriental rug so familiar from old photographs of the founder of psychoanalysis in his study. Since 1938, when the ailing Sigmund Freud was forced to […]

Prince Charles’ Coronation

According to the British news magazine The Spectator Prince Charles is already considering the procedure of his eventual coronation. Charles plans to break with the six hundred year old tradition of coronation by introducing a second ceremony besides the traditional Westminster Abby process. The reasons for this would be to respect the diversity of religions […]

Swarovski’s Kidnapping

Fiona Swarovski, heir to the Swarovksi jewelry empire, was under threat of kidnapping, the Austrian media reported on October 25. The abduction was to occur at Swarovski’s residence in Kitzbühel, however an inmate of the local Innsbruck prison who has ties to the alleged kidnappers notified the police of the plot by letter. Later it […]

Too Posh to Push

In the crush of today’s beauty culture, many women are obsessed with looking good – and are therefore thinking twice about having a baby. After all, having a baby changes your body as well as your life, as we get reminded continuously in the media. And negative media images about getting pregnant are increasingly thought […]

Doing (a Little Too) Well by Doing Good

Doing (a Little Too) Well by Doing Good

It was just a minor headline embedded between pages and pages of copy on the worsening situation of BAWAGs CEO Elsner. Something about an Austrian celebrity who had donated 17,000€ to a bogus charity – which were later used to buy two motorcycles, or so it was reported in Österreich. The short article ended with […]

German Baby Bust

In Germany, there is a word for women who have both a child and a full-time job. It’s “Rabenmutter,” and it means uncaring mother. The term flourished in the 1930s through the heyday of the Nazi party and is now still used in Umgangssprache, or informal speech, especially in rural areas of Germany. Then there’s […]

Vienna Vampires

Vienna Vampires

We were sitting in a dark corner of the cellar pub “Zwicker’s Ghost” on Romanogasse in the 20th district when a shifty, gaunt man with a haunted look in his eye approached our table. My companion caught my eye: We sat up, faced him and decisively crossed our arms across our chests. Miraculously he vanished […]

The Lucifer Effect: Why Good People Turn Evil

The Lucifer Effect: Why Good People Turn Evil

The conference hall of Vienna’s Hotel Modul was gradually filling with people, including many Webster psychology students, faces curious and expectant. Nonchalantly, Philip Zimbardo walked down to the front, shook hands with members of the faculty and took a seat. Professor at Stanford University, researcher on topics ranging from persuasion to violence to shyness, recipient […]

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