Some people say that when you begin dreaming in a foreign language you have mastered it. That may be, but I say, it’s when you begin telling jokes that you’ve truly arrived. That’s humor fluency! I’m not sure what my first Viennese joke was, or even if it was funny. Most likely it was an […]
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Through history’s adversity, the Polish have shown enormous resilience. Free and thriving today, their country is trying to find its place in the world. A century ago, Poland was so poor that the government decided to build a ship-port in Gdynia in ...
Forget Sissi, Schönbrunn and Apfelstrudel: According to the Viennese, their humor is the city’s most remarkable accomplishment.
A thousand women are challenging the boys’ club of science by making a research expedition to Antarctica to raise awareness for climate change. Antarctica is a giant, untamed wilderness. Home of the geographic South Pole, it has no nations and no indigenous population. The continent is almost entirely covered by ice, with an average depth […]
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With more women getting involved in combat sports, we visited one of Vienna’s all-women gyms. The only man in the room has no arms, legs, hands, feet or hair. Going by the name of Bob, every day this pitiful creature gets beaten and punched by women...
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Anna Seghers’ Morality Play Available in English for the first time, The Seventh Cross addresses the damage and deep divisions of ordinary life under the Nazis Seven political prisoners escape from the (fictional) Westhofen concentration camp in the Rhineland in the opening pages of Anna Seghers’ epic The Seventh Cross. The camp commandant, the old […]
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Poland wants to sit at Europe’s big table, but Poles have learned to be critical, ironic and contrarian, in defiance of politics. After turning his interest toward Central Europe in the 1980s, the late Tony Judt decided to learn Czech. Why not Polish? Judt, one of the most thought-provoking historians of the 20th century, responded […]
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