Vicki Boykis is right–this sounds glorious

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

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“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...]

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“The First Day of School in Russia”

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

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“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...]

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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...]

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Red, white and blue

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

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“The Orthodox Art Journal opens its doors”

here. Via IP. … [Read more...]

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