Letters to the Editor: July/August 2008

Dear Editor,

We have been buying The Vienna Review for almost a year now, and have particularly appreciated your guide, which has led me to several interesting theater performances. One was the play at the English Theater about the Viennese music teacher and the young pianist, called Old Wicked Songs, which moved us very much. Just a couple of days ago, I went to the premiere of the play Don Gil mit den grünen Hosen by the group Die Satyriker, which was recommended by your staff but I had never heard of. My wife (who is English) and I try to keep up with what’s happening in both our cultures, but it’s not so easy. Without your events calendar, we would have never come across these wonderful performance. We also like the new design, which makes it easier to find things.

Helmut Lustig



Dear Editor,

Thank you for your very gracious article about Petra Seeger’s film and our interview in the issue of The Vienna Review, which caught my attention in Sabarsky’s Café of  Neue Gallery, of all places. You were very gracious in treating me.

However, I noticed in your discussion two mistakes that you probably want to correct in the future edition. First, you have my age wrong by a decade. As you pointed out, I was born on November 7, 1929. As a little arithmetic will show, I am 78 years old, not 88 years old. Therefore, although you have a right to call me old, I don’t feel like an old man. Second, you have my career wrong. I’m not a neurologist, and I’ve never trained as a neurologist. I’m a brain scientist who originally trained as a psychiatrist.

I hope you will be able to rectify these errors at the appropriate time.

With many thanks for doing this interview in the first place, and with warm regards. I hope our paths cross again.

Eric R. Kandel

New York


Dear Editor,

Concerning your article “15 Euro of Flesh” from the June 2008 issue,  I want to transmit my total disappointment regarding the content of the article in which, in my opinion, the author points in an ugly manner to the persons who are nude models for purely artistic purpose.  I understand that maybe the opinion stated is her personal opinion, but I have to underline that those persons are NOT “selling their bodies” for 15 euros, and would not “do anything,” as the headline states. They are models for artists, not for other categories of people, and they share the opinion that there is nothing to be ashamed of for being nude, being natural. I am convinced that the 1.840 persons who went to the Happel Stadium didn’t go there for the free OBB ticket but for the purpose of art.

Open-minded parents and boyfriends would have nothing against art, would they? Please try to see the line between art and the “freedom of doing anything with your body.”

Vlad L.


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