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Literary Events: October 2013

VIENNA LIT BOOK GROUP This month, Vienna Lit’s book group reads The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell. This is Woodrell’s first novel since the celebrated Winter’s Bone. All are welcome. Please also bring along the first page of a book that you’d like to read with the group for November – without disclosing the author’s […]

Book Briefs: October 2013

WAR! WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? Stanford Professor Ian Morris looks at the paradoxical status of war, which has not just harmed, but also helped humanity – and whether it can continue to do so in the present. The title – while clearly echoing the anti-war song – is also the name of Professor Morris’ […]

Norway’s Harsh Beauty

Norway’s Harsh Beauty

I teetered apprehensively at the edge of the pebbled beach, still wearing a woollen hat and thick hoodie sweater. Runa, however, a hardy Norwegian, had already stripped down to her swimming costume and was striding into the blue-black water of the Hardangerfjord, a vast lizard’s tongue of water licking its way inland from the North […]

Regional Branding, Austrian Style

Regional Branding, Austrian Style

A recent tasting of the newly released Single Vineyard (Erste Lagen) wines from the Austrian Traditional Vintners (Österreichische Traditionsweingüter) shows how far the industry has come in profiling and branding Austria’s top sites. The Association, which was formed in 1992 by several wineries from the Kremstal, Kamptal, Wagram and Traisental regions along the Donau and […]

Kurt Bayer: Fighting for Economic Fairness

Kurt Bayer: Fighting for Economic Fairness

Economist Kurt Bayer is theoretically retired. A former senior economist with the Austrian Economics Research Institute (WIFO), head of economic policy for the Austrian Ministry of Finance and a director of the World Bank, he now has time to meet at Café Engländer on a weekday and talk about his work with Transparency International (TI), […]

Disco Volante Marinara on the Dancefloor

Disco Volante Marinara on the Dancefloor

Parli Italiano? Even before entering Disco Volante in the 6th District, it feels like Italy – apart from the rain and the greyness of Gumpendorfer Straße. Instead of “Ziehen” (Pull), the small sign on the door says “Tirare” – which I of course push instead of pull. Disco Volante’s interior quickly fulfils expectations. A giant […]

”Wild Beasts” at the Albertina

”Wild Beasts” at the Albertina

Fauvism, we are told, was a movement simultaneously avant-garde and neo-classical. The eight rooms of the Albertina’s new show provide us with a fine opportunity to investigate and enjoy this paradox. Their 160 works are mostly paintings, but there are also sculptures, drawings, woodblocks, ceramics, and even a big carved bed. The Fauves (wild beasts) […]

Schottenfeldviertel: A Snapshot of a Little SoHo

Schottenfeldviertel: A Snapshot of a Little SoHo

The vibe makes it hard to resist dubbing the 7th District’s Schottenfeld Viertel a “Little SoHo”. Like the New York original, this edgy neighbourhood once housed factories and warehouses, and the repurposed buildings are striking. Above all, this tiny Grätzl orbiting Westbahnstraße is dedicated to all things photographic, spanning from Kaiserstraße to Bandgasse, with outliers […]

Legends of the Fall: The Plight of the Pumpkin

Legends of the Fall: The Plight of the Pumpkin

In the United States, fall kicks off with a hulky man in a helmet sending a lemon-shaped pigskin careening into the air. But here in Austria, it’s with the sweet Sturm offered at every turn, as careening takes off on a far more personal level. Americans have their lager, but it just isn’t in the […]

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