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Ben Gazzara
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Actors’ memoirs point to Cold War mysteries

Ben Gazzara and Robert Vaughn both tell a tale of helping a waitress escape Forty-five years after the Aug. 21, 1968, Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, two minor mysteries remain. What ever became of the young Czech waitress that two Hollywood actors smuggled across the border into Austria, and what happened to a defiant production assistant?… Keep Reading

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Nurturing international art

MeetFactory’s artist-in-residency program brings the world to Prague The studio resembles a large dorm room inhabited by a wired, well-to-do but slovenly university student. In its center stands a black electric guitar and amplifier. On several tables and desks around the room are arrayed two Apple MacBook Pro laptops, a large printer, a video screen,… Keep Reading

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Preview: The Magic Flute

Egerházi reinterprets the famous opera for ballet The Magic Flute is an almost universally known opera, in two acts, with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. Since its premiere in the 18th century, it has become one of the most beloved works of opera and is presently the fourth-most… Keep Reading

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Region: Notes from New York City

When the Brno-born musician Ondřej Pivec first arrived in New York City in 2009, he had intended to stay a year and a half and then return to Prague, where he had lived since he was 14. It seemed like a manageable thing, leaving a town like this eventually. He was going to take some… Keep Reading

Conductor Friedemann Riehle
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Preview: Prague New Year’s Concert

An orchestral start to a whole new year If one must do more on New Year’s than sleep late, brunch long, drink early and then turn in whenever is easiest to prepare for Jan. 2, a Wednesday and a workday, then one could do worse, provided one can sit still and handle the brass and… Keep Reading

zombie economics
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Book review: Summer reading

Books to keep you informed and entertained in the dog days Now that summer is here, it’s the perfect time to relax with a good book and a refreshing drink. Whether you’re at the beach, under a tree or just in the comfort of a local café, these books will keep you informed and entertained… Keep Reading

Charles Bernstein
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Book review: All the Whiskey in Heaven

Charles Bernstein’s selected poems shows lyric expression amongst experimentation The most pleasurable aspect of reading a poet’s selected works is witnessing the evolution of his or her style over the years, a pleasure that is amply delivered in Charles Bernstein’s selected poems, All the Whiskey in Heaven, especially because Bernstein’s poetic evolution has gone against… Keep Reading

Uncreative Writing
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Book review: Uncreative Writing

Kenneth Goldsmith’s theories are fascinating, if not entirely convincing The most appropriate way to review Kenneth Goldsmith’s Uncreative Writing, an inspiring, controversial and engaging critical survey-cum-manifesto, would be to simply copy and paste a previous review of the book and claim it as an original. Or perhaps a review of another book, or a chapter… Keep Reading

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The ‘freecycling’ revolution

Local NGO promotes community, recycling Reduce, reuse, recycle. The three-word slogan is omnipresent enough to be a cliché, but a group of expats have reprocessed it into something snappier: ReReRe. The name applies to a “freecycling” event-planning organization and a website launched in Oct. 2010 by a group of European Union-funded volunteers working for NGOs… Keep Reading

Ivan Klíma
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Interview With Ivan Klíma

The lauded Czech novelist talks about history, biography and what really matters to him Anyone even remotely familiar with Czech literature will know Ivan Klíma and his work. The author of more than 40 novels, short-story collections, plays and books of essays, Klíma, born in 1931 in Prague, has been richly awarded for his work,… Keep Reading

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