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Erick van Ereraat

Merging old with new

Erick van Egeraat opens architecture exhibit in Old Town Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat has had an office in Prague since 1999, but his building creations are mostly found elsewhere around Europe. Despite this, the Czech capital is still a huge source of inspiration for van Egeraat, who attributes much of his creative energy to… Keep Reading

Codex Gigas

Codex Gigas: The Satanic Inspiration

Legend holds that the world’s biggest Bible is the work of the devil How does one gauge the value of a soul? Faust learned this lesson the hard way, by selling his soul and then regretting it. American musician Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul in order to become the best guitar player the blues… Keep Reading

Bohumil Bob Krcil

Bohumil “Bob” Krčil: Odyssey in exile

The world as seen by an enterprising Czech photographer Bohumil “Bob” Krčil was a nomad who photographed cultures around the world. Born in 1952 in Prostějov, south Moravia, Krčil left Czechoslovakia in 1969, living in exile until his death in New York City in 1992 and capturing his life’s journey in exceptional photographs. Before this… Keep Reading

Opera star Michele Crider

A skillful jump into the fire

Opera star Michele Crider responds to a last-minute call with aplomb Michele Crider was doing some gardening at her home in Austria one day two weeks ago when the phone rang. It was her agent in New York City, asking if she would consider going to Prague to sing Tosca. “When do you need me?”… Keep Reading


Ivan Mackerle: Here be monsters

For the past 30 years, this self-made cryptozoologist has traveled the world searching for creatures that defy documenting Maybe he found it in the Gobi desert as his explosives concussed beneath the dunes, sussing out a legendary worm. Or perhaps it was while hacking through the thick of Madagascar’s jungles in search of a man-eating… Keep Reading

Bohumil Hrabal

Ill serving a sage of Czech literature

Jiří Menzel’s latest take on Bohumil Hrabal fails I Served the King of England Directed by Jiří Menzel With Oldřich Kaiser, Ivan Barnev, Julia Jentsch, Martin Huba, Josef Abrhám and Marián Labuda Contemporary Czech cinema began with the novelist Bohumil Hrabal. It was from his collection of short stories that the nascent Czech New Wave… Keep Reading

Steve Jones

Still packing heat

Ex-Sex Pistol brings his band for a dose of Prague culture A plaque now marks the spot at St. Martin’s School of Art in London where, Nov. 6, 1975, four sour-faced reprobates calling themselves The Sex Pistols made their live debut. Deliberately unrehearsed and reportedly delivering a cacophonous racket of a set, the band was… Keep Reading

Prague in process

A work in process

Amid the vegetable stalls, a new art event takes root Push past the crowded produce stands, walk past the stalls selling cheap clothing and electronics, and look for building No. 40 at the bustling outdoor market in Holešovice. That’s where you’ll find the temporary home of Process — a two-month cultural program that presents an… Keep Reading

american literature

A whistle-stop tour through American literature

Max Rudin, 53, has every publisher’s dream job. The married father of two oversees the Library of America (LOA) in New York City, where he spends the bulk of his working hours poring over and organizing manuscripts written by some of America’s greatest literary lights dating back to the 18th century. With annual sales of… Keep Reading


Digging the way to a new market

Prague 9 moves to open city’s underground passageways For centuries, miners pulled tons of crumbling rock from the veins of sandstone found underneath the Prosek hill in Prague 9. The tunnels lay dormant when excavation tapered off at the end of the 19th century, but in recent years Prague 9 officials have been quietly connecting… Keep Reading

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