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Longing for Austria

I am an unsettled personality. I love my homeland of Austria, but if I spend too much time here, an invisible string starts pulling me outside the borders of this country. This leaves me feeling unsettled, the voice that calls me to the Great Beyond – I am a modern-day nomad. But then, finally abroad, […]

The Beggar in the Park

There are a few days in the middle of spring when the first sunny days have already faded in the dozens of parks across the city of Vienna, along with the first flowering of the pink-white magnolia and cherry blossoms. But the real warm season is still to come. On weekends in particular, these parks […]

Celebrating Equal Pay

When my then-boyfriend called me a feminist six years ago, I have to say I cringed.  Subsequent efforts by friends to equate my belief that women deserve the same opportunities, the same pay, and the same rights as men with the loaded term “feminism,” continued to leave me uncomfortable and unconvinced. Why should something that […]

Book Review: The Imperfectionists, by Tom Rachman

Ex–Pats Make News The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman is the kind of debut that would-be novelists envy (at least this one does). It’s insightful and entertaining, funny yet poignant. The writing crackles with wit, and every page offers spot-on observations of the human condition as wry as they are compassionate. It’s impossible not to be […]

Full House at the Staatsoper

The Vienna State Opera will perform 52 different operas and nine different ballets in its 2011/2012 season that begins in September and runs until June 30. With very few exceptions, the house rotates these productions so that a different opera or ballet appears each and every evening. These facts alone make the Vienna State Opera […]

A Universal Library

Scholars have long dreamed of a universal library containing everything that has ever been written. Then, in 2004, Google announced that it would begin digitally scanning every book contained in five major research libraries. Suddenly, the library of utopia seemed within reach. Indeed, a digital universal library might be even better than any earlier thinker […]

Saif Qaddafi & Me

Not long ago, a Harvard colleague wrote to me that Saif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, a son of Libya’s dictator, would be in town and wanted to meet me. He is an interesting fellow, my colleague said, with a doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); I would enjoy talking to him, and […]

Ttyl, k?

It’s past midnight and you’re in the bus on your way home. It’s only you and another girl, and strangely enough, you’re sitting next to each other. It’s quiet but for the roaring engine of the bus and – can this really be? – her energetic typing on her phone’s keyboard. You sneak a peek […]

China Doll

Satellites posing as falling stars linger in the night sky as headlights, rushing to fade into oblivion, illuminate the open spaces with a yellowish glow for tiny brief moments before leaving them with an even lamppost tan. Droplets from a first autumn rain tumble from rooftops to the ground, and the air is damp. Fresh […]

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