Even after all this time The Sun never Says to the Earth You Owe Me. Look...– Hafiz 14th Century [translated by Daniel Ladinsky]
Russian protest music →
Today NPR’s “All Things Considered” featured a segment on Russian protest music. The website has some priceless music videos. Robert Siegel mentioned the great singer Vladimir Vysotsky during the story. Vysotsky died in 1980 (his funeral happened during the Moscow Olympic Games), but he was like the Bob Dylan of the USSR.
в мире: Saturday in Moscow, or How I Lost My... →
My sister is living in Moscow, doing dissertation research (she’s getting a PhD in Russian Literature from Columbia University). She is fluent in Russian and knows Moscow well, but as you can see from this post, attending Saturday’s protest changed the way she feels about Russia. katharineholt: I started this tumblr page back in September as a repository for travel photos. I knew I...
David Remnick on Putin, Democracy and Activism in... →
A must read.
katharineholt: They are chanting “Putin — vor,” or “Putin is a thief.”
Les Petites Échos: The Kids Are All Right: The... →
reiflarsen: The Kids Are All Right: The Meaning is the Mashup On Thursday night I found myself in the decommissioned Masonic Temple in Fort Greene to watch the world premier of a music video called Girl Walk//All Day. By the time we arrived, the place was jammed, the normally blasé sea of Brooklyn…
David Remnick on State-Controlled Television in... →
Long before he became Editor of The New Yorker, Remnick was based in Moscow for The Washington Post and his book, Lenin’s Tomb, is an excellent look at the fall of the Soviet Union. Here he proves insightful about Russia yet again. Watch the video clip for an amazing condemnation of Russian television “journalism”.
Russia has not buried its Soviet past →
Longreads: Writer Elliott Holt: My Top 5 Longreads... →
longreads: Elliott Holt is a Pushcart Prize-winning fiction writer who is almost finished with her first novel. (See her Longreads page here.) *** I love short stories, so I decided my picks should be mostly short fiction. It’s no secret that the likes of The New Yorker, Granta, …
Abandoned Nuclear Submarine Base in Russia →
All drama is about lies. All drama is about something that’s hidden. A drama...– David Mamet
My sister playing old Soviet arcade games. katharineholt: Reif took a video of me playing the best game in the place: “Морской бой,” or “Sea Battle.”