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Grown-Ups in a Toy Store

Today we finally felt that we belonged. Totally spontaneously, feeling a little crazy, we were wandering around surrounded by toys. But let’s go back. We, meaning my friend and I, both college students, finally caught a break between demanding classes. We had only few hours and there was no time to hesitate. We hopped on […]

Living in Vienna

Sitting in the open window of my lack-luster apartment in the 17th District of Vienna, smoking a cigarette, I began to reflect on the events of the past year. I had just turned 18 when I moved to London from the heartland of America to attend my first year of University. My severe apprehensions about […]

Cell Phones and Crazy People

“…sure. I’ll call you back as soon as I get home,” I say to my friend on my cell phone.  Again, I am grateful that I have the kind of phone where the music that I am playing before the call starts playing again as soon as I’m finished. “Are you completely crazy?” a voice […]

The Game of Life

It all started because I wanted to buy a flight home at Christmas without having to ask my dad to book it on his credit card. He always tries to redirect me to chicken airways flying from a distant European capital. Because it is ‘cheaper,’ he says. So is sleeping in a tent, I say. […]

The New Contagion

The most notable innovations of the past two decades have been financial. Like technological innovation, financial innovation is on a perpetual search for greater efficiency – in this case, reducing the cost of transferring funds from savers to investors. Sadly, the financial revolution has been mostly profit-seeking rather than welfare-enhancing – based on eliminating, or […]

Winds of Change?

Obama, McCain, Obama, McCain. Headlines all around the world talk about the United States presidential and legislative elections this year. But by the end of 2008, 24 countries will have elected new presidents, while 40 should have elected a new parliament and six more a new legislature, according to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems […]

Letters to the Editor: November 2008

To the Editor, As a Chicagoan living in Vienna for the semester, one of the first things I noticed about Vienna was the dead silence on trams, subway cars and buses.  I made the mistake of speaking a bit too loudly on one of my first trips and was quickly silenced by several other passengers. […]

Obsessed by Scandal

Whilst hoards of people flee the latest breakout of violence in Rwanda and its neighboring countries, to cite just one example, the British media is enraptured by the latest scandal to have arisen within its highest echelons. Two revered broadcasters, commanders of vast sums for their popular television and radio appearances, have suffered suspension in […]

Murder or Accident?

After Jörg Haider was killed Oct. 11 in a car accident many Austrians believed he was deliberately murdered. According to an Internet survey of 2000 people published on the webpage of the Austrian daily Heute, 79% of Internet users believe that Haider, president of BZÖ (Bündins Zukunft Österreichs) and regional governor of Carinthia was murdered […]

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