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Heldenplatz, The Hero’s Square

Even today, 94 years after the Empire was dissolved, the monumental presence of ancien régime Austro-Hungary hangs over Heldenplatz. The square, the Hofburg palace courtyards and adjoining gardens are all public thoroughfares, in places lacking the gates and fences to lock even if they wanted to. But the weight of history is surely there: On […]

Two-Wheel Torture

The wide asphalt of the Großglockner alpine pass stretched soberly and pitilessly ever onwards and ever upwards – steep enough to hurt but smooth enough to make capitulation shameful. I had been left in a tug-of-war between desperation and determination, the battle swinging each way with every slight change in gradient. I’d set off from […]

Ethics and the End of McChrystal

Questions of ethics in journalism often teeter at the top of a slippery slope. In the post-New Journalism world, the parameters for what qualifies as “journalistic” treatment are wide; take Gay Talese’s 1966 profile in Esquire, “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,” which was written without a personal interview. Add in the issues of free speech, […]

The Eternal Fledermaus

Even the “long-run” shows on Broadway can’t compare. Die Fledermaus can look back on 136 years of uninterrupted performances in Vienna. Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show New York has ever seen, has “only” been playing since 1988. Fledermaus is a work of unmitigated genius, a work so successful that it overshadows everything […]

The Plight of the Roma

The Roma have been persecuted across Europe for centuries. Now they face a form of discrimination unseen in Europe since World War II: group evictions and expulsions from several European democracies of men, women, and children on the grounds that they pose a threat to public order. Last week, France began to carry out plans […]

Trunk Full Of Treasures

A culture is like a steamer trunk filled with treasure – with beliefs, moral values, with dilemmas and anxieties, traditions and symbolism. It is the way of perceiving all these in a way particularly unique to the place of origin of the society. Still, it seems none is perfect, at least not to me. I […]

The Real Spirit of Hellas

Clear turquoise water, the soft smell of salt and a smear of sun block on my nose; 42 degrees Celsius and an uncivilized mass of tourists that claim the entire world. This is the modern day paradox – the blissful anticipation of spending a marvelous and relaxing summer holiday on a scenic peninsula in Greece […]

Too Intense

“I don’t want to leave. I want more than what is waiting for me in Austria,” said my friend Nina during one of our rare Skype-webcam dates before her internet connection broke down again, and her face froze on the screen of my laptop. Nina has been in the Indian metropolis of Hyderabad for almost […]

In Memoriam: Christoph Schlingensief

It is difficult to write about Christoph Schlingensief in the past tense because he is so alive, not merely on the internet, but in one’s memories. The German director of theater, opera and film, who died on Aug. 21from cancer at the age of 49, will continue to influence so many lives through his energy, […]

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