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Book Review: Tim Parks’ Teach Us to Sit Still

Western Minds, Eastern Ways What do you expect a successful British author to do who experiences chronic pains? Keep a stiff upper lip, of course. That is exactly what Tim Parks had been practicing for a long time. Surrounded by friends who admired his bilingual career – the Parks’ had moved to Verona in Northern […]

This is the Life

Football has never really captivated me, much less the antics of Rapid Wien – sorry Vienna – but, if it’s a chance to enjoy a few cold ones with friends, it will have to do. With a couple of minutes to spare, I head to the Spar Gourmet around the corner for a beer run. […]

Klagenfurt please!

Every year, Velden in the South of Austria hosts an event called Fete Blanche where young and old get together and dress in white, drink wine and simply have fun. At this time of the year, the Viennese drive down to enjoy the refreshing water of the Wörthersee and an exciting clubbing experience in white. […]

The Harp Side of the Story

At times, it comes back to me how much I miss my music. Ever since I took my big leap into the wide world, I was unintentionally forced to leave behind bit by bit the traces of my musical identity. This might sound strange now, but how could I transport an approximately 1,80 X 1,10 […]

Forgetting to Remember

Hungarian writer Paul Lendvai called our office the other day looking for a buyer for his entire collection of books in English. He’s moving to a smaller apartment and has to down size.  Which sounded reasonable enough, until I realized he was the third person that month wanting to de-accession a library. In the age […]

Europe’s Northern Lights

“The Northern Lights” was the title of a major painting exhibition in Paris a few years ago, dedicated to Scandinavian masterpieces. But “northern lights” may also correspond to what Europe, if not the entire West, needs nowadays: a political, economic, social, and ethical model.  Indeed, in becoming the first center-right leader in Sweden to win […]

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 2010

To the Editor, I’ve just picked up a free copy of your newspaper in the city airport train and read the story on Kreisky. Ok, so many countries are on the brink of not being able to pay back their debt (think Greece, Italy,…) mostly because of reckless spending and political Freunderlwirtschaft and you think […]

Nicolas Sarkozy Chooses Dishonor

“Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonor. They chose dishonor. They will have war.” Winston Churchill’s famous denunciation of the delaying tactics of the British and French on the eve of World War II should be a warning to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. In fanning vicious anti-immigrant passions for short-term political gain, […]

A Singular Generation

Is it only my imagination, or did everything really used to be different? No one can say. We have lived at a certain time, and at the opera, we’ve watched all sorts of artistic feats. We weren’t watching professionally yet, and thus all the more enthusiastically. There were gods in singer heaven. And if we […]

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