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...]

Red, white and blue

In which I watch Tycoon: A New Russian. … [Read more...]

“The Orthodox Art Journal opens its doors”

here. Via IP. … [Read more...]

“Go call your mother already!”

The Russian name for this book is A Modern Paterikon, ie a collection of moral tales about church fathers. The fathers in this tale are not always precisely moral (one is a cannibal), and it’s on the irreverent side. But there’s something sweet about the way it teases priests. As Sergey Chuprynin wrote in the introduction, “The most important thing is that hers is a labor of love. It brims with the tenderness and compassion that we reserve for family members, for close friends and loved on … [Read more...]


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