“The Very Best of Strange Soviet Architecture”

The introductory paragraph seems calculated just to annoy me, but the actual photos are amazing. … [Read more...]

From Helen Rittelmeyer’s post on “Letters from Russia”

Joe Sobran once wrote that the question one should ask any liberal, before asking him anything else, is “In what kind of society would he be a conservative?” That rule holds true with the positions reversed. --the actual review … [Read more...]

Vicki Boykis is right–this sounds glorious

music and translation.  … [Read more...]

“Pushkin Becomes a Little Girl’s Passport”

I review the children's book Letters from Rifka, at Acculturated. Thanks to NJMKW for suggesting it! … [Read more...]

“The First Day of School in Russia”

was September 1, like always. … [Read more...]

“Rusalochka”

A really beautiful Little Mermaid adaptation by Soyuzmultfilm, from 1968. Glorious animation. And a babushkafish! There are no subtitles but much of the movie is wordless, and you should at least watch until it switches from black & white to color. … [Read more...]

Gene Wolfe, from SF writers’ 1987 time-capsule predictions for 2012

The Thumb—Power: America and the U.S.S.R. preserve an uneasy accord, each testing the other's will within well-defined limits. No major nuclear war has taken place. Soviets are more like Americans (and Americans more like Soviets) than anyone else. --read the rest here; Tim Powers's answer sounds eerily like the kind of thing my grandfather would have written! Link is probably via Jesse Walker. And I made the case in that final sentence here! … [Read more...]