Erika Rummel is the author of a dozen non-fiction books (Renaissance history, biography) and two novels, PLAYING NAOMI (2009) and HEAD GAMES (2013). She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles and has lived in small villages in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria.
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AUSTRIA TOO CAUTIOUS TO RISK WAR?This man didn’t see WWI coming.From John Corson’s travelogue, 1848:The Austrian government was intrusive. My baggage was searched for seditious publications. To obtain a permit to remain in Vienna, I had to give the names of the friends to whom I had letters of introduction, the…
HOW TO ACHIEVE “CONTENTED GAYETY” IN VIENNA, 1848When John Corson visited Vienna in 1848, what struck him most about Viennese was their contented gayety. How do they achieve this sublime state of Gemütlichkeit? First of all: The Viennese drink wine. Also: Food, clothing, the necessaries, and even the luxuries of life…