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Thursday, September 20, 2018
learning wearing
Thoughts from our expert on design, gadgets and joie de vivre I remember the day I discovered that clothing told a story. It was in a dusty room as a first year fashion student, listening to a professor tell us that in the 20th century, practically all high fashion originated in Paris. Other countries sent their editors there to buy,...
opinion
If you’ve been following the American election, this has been a very tumultuous month for women. The release of a ten-year-old tape showing Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault unleashed a wave of ­disavowal – but it was too little, too late What it also did was pull the curtain back on a ­social pretense – namely, that men and...
The Mourning after
Somehow, a rift erupted in the space-time continuum last night. I awoke this morning in a parallel universe in which the world had gone completely mad. As I put my 12-year-old daughter to bed last night, I told her that we would awake in that other universe – the one where, less than 100 years after American women were given...
Slaughtering the EU’s sacred cow could renew confidence in the Union Throughout Europe’s refugee crisis, warnings have proliferated about the threat to the European Union’s precious Schengen Area of border-free travel. Indeed, the warning was heard again recently, as EU ministers thrashed out a late-night agreement on border policing and the relocation of refugees. But, at a time of diminished confidence...
austrians love hate germans
Austria and Germany share a troubled past, the (almost) same language – and are still worlds apart “Eine Tüte, bitte!” – a casual request at a supermarket checkout – is social suicide for a German in Vienna. For the clueless visitor from the north, Tüte and Sackerl may appear to mean the same thing, i.e. shopping bag. But for a...
editorial
The Olympics in Rio didn’t provide Austrians with all that much cause for cheer. While it rains medals on the self-dubbed “sports nation” every winter, its athletes for the Summer Olympics fight an uphill battle Whereas they proudly brought home seven medals – two of them gold – from the Games in Athens in 2004, they counted a mere three...
Austrian politics
Amid the erosion of the political center, little Austria may be the unlikely champion to stem the surge of the far right If there is anything worse than the deluge of daily disaster stories, it is the torrent of op-eds bemoaning the rise of the toxic “isms” – variously populism, nativism, exceptionalism, chauvinism, radicalism, nationalism – generally right-wing isms, largely...
social media detox
I just uploaded a selfie onto Instagram, complete with a sophisticated quote, imperceptibly blurred, and some contrast to underline the color of my eyes. Now I’m waiting. Waiting for that like. Mr. Serious must have seen it, 30 minutes have passed already. But no like, yet. I mean, I got 32 likes, but none of them counts. I want that...
populism
The anguish over protectionism misses a deeper message about European identity The news about Europe these days is discouraging: headlines, books and essays all tell a common story: “The Rebirth of Populism”; “How Far is Europe Swinging to the Right?” The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age. It makes pretty grim reading. After several decades of mobility and mingling across fluid borders,...
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