Some Cool Stuff For Thursday, October 12

Having only lived here 8 months or so, and being the parent of a toddler, I haven’t had much time to delve into the cultural life of Vienna too much — both the native and the expat versions. Ideally, I’d like to partake in some hefty gulps of each, which is why I’m trying to hit up one, two or three of the following events.

American expat and Vienna baseball’s Gold Glove Award winner Dana turned me onto this Vienna Lit event:


Th 12 October, 7.30pm, replugged vienna, free

How do you write Vienna? Over the winter months Vienna Lit encouraged people who have come to Vienna from a different cultural background to write about their experiences and their relationship with the city and the Viennese. We have collected the best of these original prose and poetry contributions in English for our anthology Vienna Views, which demonstrate views of Vienna that throw a new light on the city and challenge what Austrians are perhaps taking for granted.

I’m sure there will be a lot of insightful, pithy tales in the book and not a bunch of rants about rude people cutting in line, dogshit on the streets and the crappy coffee peddled by the “coffee” houses in Vienna. Okay, maybe just one story about the dogshit, because today I walked by Notre Dame private school on Burggasse and the whole sidewalk in front was a frickin’ minefiled of poodle piles that had been stomped into flat paste by all the little child sneakers. So to whoever let their dog do that business where a bunch of children have to cram on the sidewalk, I send you the most thorough American middle finger and wish I could personally spank you (even though it’s illegal here).


Th 12 October, 8.30pm, replugged vienna, with Chris Cummins, FM4

After her teenage son Kevin kills eight schoolmates and a teacher, Eva Khatchadourian desperately tries to comprehend the incomprehensible. Shriver’s devastating novel takes us on a journey through Kevin’s childhood, tackling the fundamental question of nature or nurture and analysing the complex ways in which human beings relate to each other, or don’t. The author will be reading selected passages. Listen to the author talk about her novel.

Honestly, I don’t know anything about this author or the book, but since it’s an action packed party kind of evening, why not listen to somebody talk about a “devastating novel” while devastating some brain cells of your own!

And finally, artist Lisa Ruyter emailed me with the enticing notion that, due to his art opening at Kunsthalle Wien, Raymond Pettibone might be playing with his band as well. Turns out, she’s right!


And it all happens in Neubau. Nothin’ but the Seventh, baby! You know how we do.

1 Comment so far

  1. Georg Cracked (unregistered) on October 12th, 2006 @ 10:13 am

    …devastating braincells while listening to a devastating novel…

    I like the sound of that. Pettibone is cool, too.

    thanks for info.

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