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Tagebuch: October 2007

Dear Diary, Walking along the Graben, I was mentally counting the coins in my wallet and wondering whether there was enough money for me to take a cab and avoid the U-bahn after a long day, when I almost bumped into a shabbily-dressed woman who suddenly handed me four beautiful, yellow roses. I took them, […]

Web 2.0 Intellectuals

Studying media today means studying a moving target. Digital technologies and the newly developing cultural practices of the Internet are changing the media landscapes we inhabit and, as some claim, the fabric of our societies. In these rapidly changing virtual worlds, media scholars are exploring the unmapped territories, both from within and without. They participate […]

Curbside

Curbside

Her living quarters are the 1st District of Vienna near the University off Schottentor.  She has good taste.  During summer, it was easy enough to sleep with a blanket in one of two covered doorways to modern buildings in this locale and poop in the bushes. With autumn, it is more difficult.  Her apartment began […]

The Illusionist

The Illusionist

Magicians and mind readers have mystified their audiences for centuries. They have been worshipped, burned alive, brought back to save lives and fight in fierce battles. From druids to witches, ghosts and genies, explanations for their mastery have always been shrouded in mystery. And one question has driven people mad ever since the first rabbit […]

Back in Town

It is a beautiful late-summer day in Vienna, and I decide to make the most of it and take the scenic route to my parents’ apartment. Having just returned from several months abroad, I am eager to become reacquainted with the city that has been my home now for nearly four years. So instead of […]

Cemetery of the Nameless

Cemetery of the Nameless

Sitting in the back of the car, I realised I was nervous.  We were on our way to the Cemetery of the Nameless where I was to interview the curator, and well, I’m not very comfortable in graveyards. Perhaps it’s the presence of death, perhaps the loneliness. Maybe I’ve just watched too many horror movies. […]

Pavarotti’s Swan Song

“Nessun dorma! Nessun Dorma! Tu pure, o, principessa…!” With these lines of Giaccomo Puccini’s opera Turandot, Luciano Pavarrotti celebrated his debut and assured his own success in the role of the main character Rodolfo. The recently deceased tenor looked back at a versatile, fascinating and very successful career. He is grieved by opera lovers worldwide, […]

Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking

Scene, a Louisiana penitentiary: Glistening steel bars climb to the ceiling, shimmering in the back light, against the sterile white of the prison walls. As the warden leads Sister Helen past the steel cages of this human zoo – where she has come to visit the condemned murderer Joseph de Rocher – a mob of […]

‘Pig Brother’ Is Watching You

‘Pig Brother’ Is Watching You

On a mild September evening, I make my way to the quaint International Theatre in Vienna’s 9th District, my first visit to an English-speaking theatre in this city, and I am looking forward to the experience. As we have a pre-performance drink in the theatre’s adjoining cafe, my companion and I discover a picture of […]

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