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Morgan Rotondi
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Morgan Rotondi was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Brandeis University with majors in German Language and Literature and Creative Writing. Shortly after graduating she moved to Dresden, Germany, where she writes music and provides bilingual tours.

Visit Morgan's blog: myawkwardlifeingermany.blogspot.com.

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The New American Story in a Letter to an Ex-University President: Debt

(411) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Dear Former Brandeis University President Reinharz,

Although we never met personally during my undergraduate career at Brandeis, you did sign a form letter for me once. I received it in November of my senior year, in 2009. In it, you expressed your sincere condolences during what must be a very...

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Why You Should Tip the Foreign Delivery Guy

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 2:57 PM

We've all been there. You're hungry, maybe you're ordering delivery, or maybe you're going to that place down the street, it's not too expensive. You place your order. The person on the phone, or behind the counter, or with the brown paper bag full of deliciousness on your doorstep, asks...

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Santorum: Religious Radical? A German News Perspective

(16) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 2:12 PM

The homepage on my laptop is set to a website for the German newsweekly Der Spiegel, a widely read and respected news source in Germany. SpiegelOnline has news both in German and in English, in a special International edition. Since I don't have a television in Dresden or subscribe to...

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"You Speak German Well... for an American"

(32) Comments | Posted February 19, 2012 | 5:05 PM

Contrary to popular belief, the above-mentioned phrase is decidedly not a compliment, regardless of the intentions of the speaker. These words can be said in English, in German, or with any variety of well-meaning tones of voice. The phrase remains the worst sort of backhanded compliment: an unintentional one.
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Dresden's Complicated Legacy

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 3:22 PM

While many Americans are preoccupied with February 14th, either making plans or decisively not making plans for Valentine's Day this year, I am preoccupied with a different date. I live in Dresden, Germany. Between the 13th and the 15th of February, 1945, four Allied air raids created a firestorm, destroying...

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