Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Down Memory Lane, Dreaming of Empire

The Greater Reich, including Austria, shown in map at Vienna's war museum.
Photo: WC News Service
In many European countries, Jews are facing growing anti-Semitism, particularly as Islamic terrorism spreads widely over the continent. In Vienna, Richard Carreño, finds that Jews and their war-time persecution are just pretty much ignored.
VIENNA — The parade of jack-booted troops was greeted by thousands. Packed into Vienna's Heldenplatz, they listened in awe as he ranted about the wonders of Lebensraum. Not far away, he and his mistress, Eva Braun, shared separate apartments at the Imperial Hotel. He, in the presidential suite, with an out-door balcony overlooking Vienna's Ringstrasse, its centre-city inner loop. There, he ranted some more.

In early 1938, Adolph Hitler was at the top of his game. And the Anschluss, or the annexation of Austria, was a key piece in expanding the 'living space' (Lebensraum) of Nazi Germany. Berlin was the capital of National Socialism. Munich, its spiritual seat. Vienna, thanks to Hitler's Austrian birth, schooling, and work there, its incubator. Vienna, Hitler was fond in saying, was 'the jewel in the crown.'

Today, in a city known more for its opera and waltzes, Secessionist artists (Gustav Klimt amongst them) cappuccino mit schlag (strudel on the side), Spanish riding horses, and the Blue Danube (now, more a murky, industrial grey), there's little physical evidence that this was Adolph Hitler's 'hometown. Or, of the triumphal return of the once-disgraced, failed local art student and draft-dodger as this city's prodigal son -- homeboy, according to Viennese at the time, made 'good.'

Vienna's memory stream runs thin. Its memory lapse, deep.

Sunday, 8 February 2015


*** This year is the 450th anniversary of the Spanish Riding School, to be celebrated by a gala scheduled for 7 pm at the nearby Heldenplatz on 26 June and subsequently at the 6th Fete Imperiale. In attendance will be the Royal Andalusian Riding School from Jerez, Spain. ***

Photos: WC News Service
VIENNA -- By the time we arrived at Michaelerplatz, during our visit last week, it was already late in the day. We suspected that our visit would be rescheduled for another day.
'No, you're just in time for the last English-language tour,' we were told.
'Where shall we meet?'
'Right here. You're it.'
Not surprisingly that we were only English-speakers really. During our week-long stay in Vienna, we encountered few, if any, other Americans. Few, if any, native English-speaking tourists. Time of the year?
But what especially was a happy result was that we were permitted to take photos, normally banned on public tours. -- Richard Carreño
Thanks to Wikipedia for the following:

The Spanish Riding School (German: Spanische Hofreitschule) of Vienna, Austria, is a traditional riding school for Lipizzan horses, which perform in the Winter Riding School (Winterreitschule) in the Hofburg. Not only is it a centre for classical dressage, the headquarters is a tourist attraction in Vienna that offers public performances as well as permitting public viewing of some training sessions. The presentation builds on four centuries of experience and tradition in classical dressage. The leading horses and riders of the school also periodically tour and perform worldwide.
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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Art and Happiness By Janine Yasovant


For some time, I have followed the Thai artist Prakitsilp Varamissara. He has had several interesting exhibitions which can be seen as blending artistic knowledge from Silpakorn University and local wisdom from the area where he has currently been residing. That is the combination of art in Lanna Thai culture and artistic knowledge from western nations.
For example, in 2013 there was an art exhibition to celebrate 30th Anniversary of his every art exhibitions that was held at the National Art Gallery in Bangkok. Audiences impressed with the varieties of his art works which were so stunning and different. It could be said as if it was not his solo exhibition.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Liliane Clever

JANUARY 7 WAS a very sad day for France. On that morning, the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo, a small, funny, silly, satirical magazine, left everyone of tears.

Reading Charlie Hebdo has been a rite of passage, since the 1960s, for many young people in France. In a way, it's like Mad -- but with bite and the feel and look of illicit, deep Underground publication. Both magazines share a similar demographic, young readers.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Janine Yasovant

Reporting from Chiang Mai, Thailand 
Photo: Janine Yasovant/WCNews Service
[WCNews Service]Recently, I had a chance to visit the house of Pichai Nirund, a Thai national artist in visual arts (Buddhism). He told me that he moved from Bangkok to Chiang Mai around ten years ago due to heavy flood in Bangkok. His house is located around foothill of Doi Suthep Mountain. Pichai was born on 7 March 1936 in Bangkok Thailand and he received a title of Thai national artist in 2004. In the Silpakorn University, he was one of the art students who was taught by an Italian professor Silpa Bhirasri (Corrado Feroci 1892-1962)
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Thursday, 18 December 2014

LGA: US' Oldest Airport

LGA's Marine Terminal/A
Oldest Operating Air Terminal
Photos: WritersClearhouse News Service
Richard Carreno
New York [WC News Service] | I visited another era in air travel yesterday. When planes where known as 'flying boats' and as 'airships,' and, as the old legacy American Airlines used to call them, 'flagships.' Welcome to LaGuardia Airport, America's oldest operating air/water field.
You mean that hodge-podge of buildings known as Terminals B and C? No, those are LGA's newcomers. Thanks to Delta, the real LGA, known as Marine Terminal (Terminal A) is still functioning. More, or less.
That's what I learned yesterday on my mission to discover more about the Marine Terminal, opened in 1939 by then-New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. The extent of Delta's in-coming and out-going seemed dodgy, at best. Yes, there's a counter. Even TSA agents. As for passengers, not so much.

Monday, 15 December 2014

And Now the 'Women's' Page....

Judith Martin 
Richard Carreno
Judith Martin's memory of 'For and About Women,' published in last week in The Washington Post Magazine, reminds me of my stint, in the early-to-mid-1970s, as a staff reporter and fashion columnist (the first of my gender) on 'Women,' the so-called society page at the Worcester Telegram and its sister weekend paper, the Sunday Telegram in Worcester, Massachusetts. Like Martin, I was young, but my background was somewhat different. I had been a political reporter. Thanks to The Post's 'Style' section, and seeing a kind of interpretative writing I wanted to adopt (difficult under the strictures imposed on 'straight' reporting at the time), I was able to build up the nerve to jump from 'hard' news to 'soft.'

Wednesday, 10 December 2014



It was created when buying in 1853 by the Company of Paris railway in Saint-Germain -led Pereire brothers , Boufflers Castle and its grounds (the work of Jules Hardouin-Mansart ) to the Montmorency family , to achieve the Gare d'Auteuil . The villa consists of fifty houses was built in 1860 according to the plans of architect Théodore Charpentier.  This private area of "single family homes campaign and accreditation" has rules condominium strict and binding defined in the context of a trade association that manages all since 1853 . A guard at the entrance controls access by checking the permissions to enter. The architectural style recalls the General seaside villas of Deauville or Arcachon late XIX th  century .

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Brown Out

The only person I've 'known' to have an account at Brown Brothers Harriman was a long-forgotten character in a John O'Hara novel. You get the idea. But the Main Line was derailed long ago, and it's not surprising that this vestige of that past Wasp elite is downsizing.
 -- Richard Carreño
The following is excerpted from the Philadelphia Business Journal:

Pearl Properties has plans to convert offices that now house Brown Brothers Harriman Co. at 1529 Walnut St. in Center City into retail space, giving that retail corridor a much needed boost. Space is tight along Walnut Street.


South Bend, Indiana

It's that time of year when anything is possible. But, according to Mom, it is not necessary to try anything  just because it might be possible. where has her joie de vivre gone? All I wish to do is help with the decorating and display my talents as a very valuable assistant in this household.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Edward Weston (1886-1958)

Currently at auction at Christies, New York
Photo of Weston's wife and muse, Charis Wilson

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Monday, 24 November 2014

William T. Vollman

John O'Hara: Strange Characters
By William T. Vollman
The Baffler
Books Discussed
John O’Hara, Appointment in Samarra (New York: P...

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Nisachol Chompupan

Phare, Thailand
My artwork stems from my faith in the gods Mahadev, Mahadevi  and my fascination with religious Hindu Stone Carvings. The Stone Carvings found in the temples often reflect devotion towards eternal birth and tantric ideologies.
                   The Yoni which represents female fertility and  the goddess Uma Devi often appears beside a Lingum: a symbolic representation of male fertility, and also the Lord Shiva. This coexistence portrays the natural creative power of a woman. These two symbols are usually represented together  and   are inseparable. They belong to a time and place where everything stands still except for the notion of time and birth. Earth's fertility, it's diverse wildlife and plants exist through the union of the male and female energy.

POTUS Forgets BlackBerry

Before departure, President Obama walked alone along Colonnade at 10:18 a.m. before heading back into the White House. A coatless POTUS walked to Marine One at 10:31 a.m. in near freezing 33 degree F weather checking his watch and waiving to reporters before getting aboard.

Almost immediately, he got off helicopter -- as his aides were headed across lawn to Marine One. POTUS went back into the White House through the Diplomatic Room doors telling reporters: "I forgot something"
After returning, he said: "Didn't you guys ever forget something?" After some shouted questions asking what he forgotten, he held up his his phone. "My BlackBerry" he said as he returned to Marine One.

Accompanying POTUS were Marvin Nicholson, Cecilia Muñoz,  Cody Keenan, Jennifer Palmieri and Anita Decker Breckenridge.

POTUS off to Las Vegas where it is expected to be a much nicer 64 F. Thanks to NBC for help checking quotes against helicopter noise.

Thursday, 13 November 2014


Frederick Wiseman
Photo/Richard Carreño
Philadelphia |WritersClearinghouse News Service
Here are the things you don't learn in National Gallery, a new documentary by the esteemed American director Frederick Wiseman: that the museum was established in 1824; it's opened 361 days a year; it houses Western art from the 13th to 19th centuries; admission is free; and that it's been located on Trafalgar Square since 1838.
     Here is what you do learn: that the museum's director, Nicholas Penny, is a scholarly, amiable chap, whose hunched over-bespectacled look suggests a character actor from Central Casting. Penny, who has been director since 2008, seems far less impervious and imperial than the Gallery's legendary war-time director, the late Lord Clark, the prolific art historian who became wildly famous for his BBC-PBS television series Civilisation.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


Facing Physical Challenges, Our Food and Wine Critic, Fly-on-the-Wall Don Merlot, is About to Embark on a Wine Tour that Might be His 'Last Tango in France.'
WritersClearinghouse News Service
Don Merlot
In January 2015 I am taking a trip that will be 'My last Tango in France' because it is too difficult for me to travel and it is summing up my love affair with French wines. Originally I planned my visit for April of 2014 but I had the misfortune of slipping on some wet tile in my bathroom when our hot water heater blew off the water line in February, and I developed a bad case of bursitis in the right hip. It became very painful to move, sit up and or walk. The pain was so bad that I could not find a non-narcotic pain killer.

Finally my doctor sent me to a specialist, who was coming to the conclusion that if physical therapy did not work, I should schedule a hip replacement. So for six weeks I did physical therapy. Exercised that hip every day and by the end of the therapy, I had really improved and I felt ninety-five percent recovered, so initially I postponed my travel plans and then rescheduled my travel to January 2015.

Monday, 10 November 2014


Exhibit of Works by Photographer Paul Strand
Photo: WritersClearinghouse News Service
Debuts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The artist is not known for overtly political commentary in his photographs. Though societal and economic observations are always evident, this picture  of a swastika (left) one of the few he made, and the only one displayed in the PMA show.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

John O'Hara UnFriends Brendan Gill

LOA Befriends Pal Joey
Exeter, England
The Library of America has just published John O'Hara's libretto for Pal Joey in a two-volume collection called American Musicals, edited by Laurence Maslon.
I'm delighted, having waited for it for more than fifty years. I was afraid Wilie O'Hara Dalaney, O'Hara's daughter, was going to give the rights to the Richard Greenberg rewrite; but it's the real thing, all right. It also marks O'Hara's first appearance in LOA.

Incidentally, I read John Updike's New Yorker review of The Art of Burning Bridges. A terrific corrective of O'Hara's taciturn image, as well as of his feud with Brendan Gill. Apparently the break with the magazine had little to do with Gill's A Rage to Live review; O'Hara asked to be paid for stories the magazine rejected.

Mr. New Yorker
Brendan Gill
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Brendan Gill was ten years younger than O'Hara, but his level of production -- sheer wattage in words contributed to The New Yorker -- probably exceeded John O'Hara's output. Gill wrote fiction, drama, film, and architecture reviews, comment, and profiles. Short of Harold Ross and William Shawn, Gill was 'Mr. New Yorker.' That distinction wasn't lost on O'Hara; it was probably enough to put him on O'Hara's very long enemies list.

Putting O'Hara's enmity over the top was Gill's negative of review in The New Yorker of O'Hara's blockbusterA Rage to Live. Their relationship was already testy. Gill wore his Irish gently. O'Hara did not. Gill's Yale education and Scull & Bones membership came to him naturally. O'Hara was always striving for Ivy-covered totems and Establishment acceptance.

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