December/January 2018/2019

Being Austrian

The old King in his Exile, Arno Geiger
Arno Geiger’s playful and moving memoir “The Old King in his Exile” discovers a world of imagination in his father’s dementia. There are probably few things that touch us more fundamentally than the loss of a parent. Through the creeping loss of Alzheimer’s, family members face immense, often unbearable, challenges. Shocking vulnerability becomes strangely intertwined […]
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Stepping out to Warda Network's rooftop balcony reveals a panoramic view of Vienna's picture-perfect 8th district. This, apparently, is the city from the perspective of a self-made man. Eugen Prosquill, CEO and founder of the company wears a b...
Credit: Sagmeister & Walsh, New York
Designers Sagmeister & Walsh make a plea for pleasing aesthetics. The question is almost impossible: What is beauty, asks the MAK’s current exhibition? And has it survived the brutality of 20th century modernism? Bang “beauty” into any of the many quotable search sites and all kinds of stuff comes up, from the classical aesthetes to […]
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Volkstheater Don Karlos
The fish rots from the head down in the Volkstheater’s compelling Don Karlos. With enlightenment-era ideals under fire, it seems timely to remind ourselves of the hypocrisy of power. Fortunately, the Volkstheater gives an insightful lesson in its new take on Don Karlos, Schiller’s enlightenment-era exploration of idealism, power and personal fortunes set in the […]
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Imitation. It’s the secret to winning over any group you want to be part of. I know. I speak from experience. As a restless 14-year-old, my mother informed me that my Thursday evenings were to be dedicated to ballroom dancing. Elmayer is where Vienne...
Visually stunning and brisk, Styx asks a lot of hard questions but avoids simple answers. With thousands of desperate Africans braving the Mediterranean every year in rickety boats in the vague hope of starting a new life up north, the ongoing migration crisis remains a challenge to the liberal values of Europe, with authorities struggling […]
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Particularly during the holidays, it’s impossible to avoid the hustle and bustle of the 1st district – from Schottentor to Stubentor, you’re bombarded by sights, sounds and noises. Yet, nestled between the busy Graben and the majestic Hofbu...
Bosnia and Herzegovina was severely tested in the 20th century and is still finding its way back to prosperity and internal stability.
Bosnia and Herzegovina was severely tested in the 20th century and is still finding its way back to prosperity and internal stability. There has never been an army or a political movement that wanted to create Bosnia [as a nation],” writes novelist Dževad Karahasan, “but Bosnia created a culture.” Too often the country has been […]
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US Midterms
The world has watched the US midterm elections spellbound. But for Europe, even the Democratic victory in the house of representative might not bring any relief. The importance of American elections is always far beyond the national level. The who...