Letters to the Editor: Mar. 2011

The Vienna Review welcomes letters from its readers

To the Editor,

Bravo, bravo! Congratulations, especially to Neil Clark’s article. Great and inspiring for today politicians. As always: you are offering students far-reaching paths.

Prof. Thomas Bauer
Universität Wien
Institut für Publizistik


To the Editor,

It is wonderful that Vienna Review was cited in The Guardian and the BBC. Equally relevant was summation of The Guardian article:

“The best way we can commemorate the centenary of this remarkable and inspirational politician is to do all we can to put Kreisky-style socialism back on Europe’s political agenda.”

Tav Falco


To the Editor,

Congratulations on this recognition! It reflects upon the professionalism of the paper that you have developed on our campus. The Vienna Review has impacted on our community in ways that we can’t really measure, and it is only by accident we discover its influence. Just this week, the president of the AWA suggested that I should place an ad in the Vienna Review for a project I am supporting, because she is aware of the number of people who read the paper in local coffee shops. I personally have observed how impressed visitors to our open information meetings have been when they see the paper which is produced on our campus within the Media Communications Department. I wish you and your students many more years of continued success.

Barbara Hillerman
Art Department Head
Webster University Vienna


To the Editor,

Congratulations on the citations in the Guardian and on the BBC! It is amazing what you have been able to achieve with The Vienna Review. Recently, Anton Holzer, a well-known Austrian photo-historian and himself editor of fotogeschichte expressed his appreciation of VR. He had come across an issue in a Vienna cafe house. I guess it is the same as with the Webster Gallery. Many Viennese become aware of Webster via the VR or the gallery program.

Wish you many more fruitful years as VR editor at Webster University.

Monika Schwärtzler
Webster University


To the Editor,

I am writing you to congratulate Arts Writer Alec Kinnear on two reviews that appeared in the November and December issues of The Vienna Review. I was a visiting professor for six weeks at the University of Vienna, and while there I happened to read both reviews.

The review of Jewels from the New World was very interesting – and the comments about the Paris opera fascinating. Although I saw a later performance, which was equally disappointing, Twyla Tharp’s piece was superb – but following a not-deep presentation of Balanchine made it seem even better. After intermission, the pieces were not successful. It was a slow evening, and yet the review explained to me much about the Vienna State Opera Ballet and its future.

The review of Marie Antoinette was equally compelling, highlighting what went right and what went wrong. Again, I thought Kinnear were right – and we saw a much later performance (with the same cast).

My partner, Noreen Taylor, is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Ballet of Canada. She joins me in wishing that we had someone of his sophistication and knowledge reviewing in one of our major papers.

Please thank Mr. Kinnear for being so compelling, so incisive, and so demanding. I wish we had met when I was in Vienna.

Prof. David Staines
Department of English
University of Ottawa

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