Archive for Austria

Thomas Bernhard weiß Bescheid

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on 17 December 2017 by delclem

Er wünscht der neuen österreichischen Bundesregierung einen schönen Angelobungstag!

Oder: ein Ösi erklärt dem Piefke seine kleine Welt.


(c) Andrea Schaffar


“Vienna – Berlin: The Art of Two Cities”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 27 February 2014 by delclem

“Whereas the affinities in literature and music between Vienna and Berlin have been the subject of in-depth study in recent years, there is still a lot of ground to be covered in the visual arts. This is a desideratum that the Berlinische Galerie and the Vienna Belvedere have sought to overcome in a large-scale exhibition organized by both museums.” >review & photos (c) 2014

The Full Irish, Freudian Style

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 18 February 2014 by delclem

‘His book includes at least one Irish joke, which Freud (above) considered very interesting. It’s an old joke, from the 19th century. And it must be said that, while few witticisms remain funny after Freud has analysed them, this one was struggling even before it reached the couch.’ >full text (c) THE IRISH TIMES

PS. Great Moments in Sarcasm: Freud & the Nazis

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on 17 February 2014 by delclem

“In 1938, after much harassment by the Gestapo, Sigmund Freud was permitted to leave Austria on the condition that he sign a document stating that he’d been treated with all the respect and consideration due to my scientific reputation, that I could live and work in full freedom.
This was, of course, completely untrue. But, as a Jew who’d been named an enemy of the Reich, his books specifically targeted for burning when the Nazis came to power in Germany five years earlier, Freud had little choice but to sign. He could not, however, resist adding a postscript: I can most highly recommend the Gestapo to everyone.” (c), 2011

Freud’s Life & Legacy – in a Comic

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 16 February 2014 by delclem

“In recent years, the comic book genre has been applied to a wealth of graphic nonfiction for grownups, ranging from famous biographies to philosophy, but nowhere does the genre shine more exquisitely than in Freud — a magnificent biography-as-graphic-novel of the founding father of psychoanalysis by Swiss-born writer, economist, historian, and psychoanalyst Corinne Maier, illustrated by celebrated French cartoonist Anne Simon.”>full review (c) 2014

“My romance in a town haunted by its Nazi past”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 21 January 2014 by delclem


“I was a young Jewish woman dating an older man, but I couldn’t escape Vienna’s dark history, or my fears about his.” The following is adapted fromEverything Is Going to Be Great: An Underfunded and Overexposed European Grand Tour,” Rachel Shukert’s just-published memoir of traveling and living in Europe in her very early 20s. This excerpt takes place in Vienna, in the summer of 2003. >full text & illustration (c) SALON, 2014
PS. Why are these bitter sweet & slightly kitschy stories – a sort of Nazi romance/porn – so highly in demand in the English-speaking world?

Stalin in Vienna: 1913, 1949, 2012

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 12 January 2014 by delclem

101 years ago, in January 1913, Ioseb B. dze Jugashvili aka. Joseph Stalin stayed in Vienna for a while to investigate the multi-ethnic setup of the Habsburg Monarchy for his publication on Marxism & the National Question.In 1949 the Austrian Communist Party KPÖ put a commorative plaque on the facade of the building in Schönbrunner Schlosstraße (no. 30) on the occasion of Stalin’s 70th birthday. In 2012, an additional plaque was mounted to commemorate Stalin’s/Stalinist crimes as well – a very Austrian solution to the problem, it seems. >more (in German); photo (c)ru, 2014