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Book Review: The Sleepwalkers

Book Review: The Sleepwalkers

For as long as history has been recorded, those writing it down have sought lofty justifications and simplified reasons behind tragic events. That is certainly the case with World War I—an affair that on the eve of its hundredth anniversary, has already inspired some 25,000 books, all striving to explain an event that quite literally […]

Book Review: The Duty of Genius

Book Review: The Duty of Genius

Assessing the life of a philosopher may be a writer’s greatest challenge – with few individuals do the spiritual and emotional realms play such a…

An Austrian Mixologist Takes D.C.

An Austrian Mixologist Takes D.C.

The arts of Austrian gastronomy are unfamiliar to much of the wider world. Its cuisine and spirits are known mostly among connoisseurs, while its restaurants…

The EU and the Nobel

The EU and the Nobel

In Oslo’s City Hall on 10 December, European Union leaders accepted the world’s most prestigious award for efforts at making the world a better place:…

Book Review: Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters, translated by Michael Hofmann

Book Review: Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters, translated by Michael Hofmann

The Shadowy Soul of Joseph Roth The real story leaks through the pen of a written letter. When editors stop editing and the audience dwindles…

Book Review: John Casti’s X-Events

Book Review: John Casti’s X-Events

An Optimist of the Apocalypse The edifice of modern society rests upon an intricately woven web of complexity.…

Book Review: Robert Whalen’s Sacred Spring

Book Review: Robert Whalen’s Sacred Spring

The ‘Sacred’ in Ver Sacrum The role of religion in fin de siècle Vienna would seem a closed…

Climate Failure

Continuing its dismal record as an environmental champion, Austria has failed once again to meet its obligations under…

The IMF Dilemma

The considerable shoes of Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be hard to fill. At the IMF, he was a commanding…

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