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Summer Writer’s Workshop: Lower Fee Before 3 Jun.

Come join fellow writers and learn new techniques of how to portray the Vienna you love in words. In this workshop we will uncover the character of Vienna and the Viennese by exploring its culture in the broadest sense. What has shaped the attitudes and ways of life that we encounter today? It’s the present […]

Back to the Typewriter

Professional writers have a lot of enemies – publishers, deadlines, sometimes even last week’s interview subject. My personal biggest enemy is distraction – Twitter, Facebook, and my blog seem to all sing their siren song to me the moment I put my fingers on my laptop.  (I’ve spent more afternoons “writing” than I care to […]

Book Review: In Praise of Older Women, by Stephen Vizinczey

Truth and Lies in Literature As a destitute immigrant writer in Canada at the age of 24, fleeing from the aftermath of the Hungarian revolution and with about 50 words of English, Stephen Vizinczey saw himself faced with two choices: to fling himself either from the top of a high building in Montreal or into […]

Book Review: Bret Easton Ellis’ Imperial Bedrooms

Every Novel is an Exorcism A sellout crowd of Austrian hipsters welcomed controversial American writer Bret Easton Ellis to Vienna’s Rabenhof Theater on October 5. Ellis was in town to promote his new novel, Imperial Bedrooms, a dark tale of betrayal and violence in youth-obsessed Hollywood. Bret Easton Ellis has been a fixture on the […]

Courage does not always roar

Lack of inspiration is the most terrifying thing a writer can experience in life. It is as if the devil himself has taken away all feelings, thoughts and imagination. The struggle against emptiness becomes a fight with the self. To win, one attempts to bring back brilliant ideas by reading slogans on advertisements, notes on […]

Finding Film

Whenever someone asks me about my favorite hobbies, “Watching movies” will always find its way close to the top. Wondering why such and such an angle was chosen for a particular shot, why this actor for this role, why this kind of dramatic lighting, etc, is something I just love to do. Also, searching for […]

Literary Events: Mar 2009

READING BY REBECCA LIEBERMANN NISSEL In her strong and touching collection of texts in We Are Still Here: Memoirs of a Child of Survivors from 2006, Rebecca Liebermann Nissel tells us her family history throughout the last five generations: from her grandparents’ prewar life in Europe, her parents’ experience of the Holocaust, her own childhood […]

Book Review: Paul Hofmann’s The Viennese and The Spell of the Vienna Woods

“The capital of Gemütlichkeit, of hand kissing and the waltz, of coffeehouses and wine taverns in the green, of whipped cream and the annual opera ball, has long had one of highest suicide rates in the world,” Paul Hofmann pointed out wryly in the introduction to his extraordinary1988 portrait of his native city, The Viennese: […]

Literary Events: Dec.,/Jan., 2008/2009

EXPOSURE/AUSGESETZTHEIT A Bilingual German/English poetry performance on weather, origins, fate, female socialization and other forms of exposure. Written by, and featuring, Hillary Keel and Karin Seidner. Dec. 9, 20:00 Cafe Tachles 2., Karmeliterplatz 1 (01) 212 03 58 LABYRINTH OPEN MIC Come and read your own poems; simply add your name to the list and […]

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