Such virtue hath my blog.
I’m a journalist and playwright in Moscow. My husband is a theater director and filmmaker. We have a little boy who would probably like to pet your dog. Or break your cellphone. It varies.
Visit The Moscow News to take a look at some of my past work. I was deputy editor then acting editor-in-chief of the paper, before the agency that owned it, RIA Novosti, was liquidated and an entire era ended. Here are my parting words on the matter.
Visit Global Comment – an internationalist online magazine to take a look at more of my previous work – I used to be editor of GC.
I used to write a weekly column on trends in Russian society (including political trends) for RIA Novosti English – it was aptly called “Trendwatcher.” You can read it, alongside other columns for RIA’s English service, here.
Elsewhere, my writing has appeared in Common Ties, Mideast Youth, Muslim WakeUp!, Plural Politics, The Second Pass, Forth, NOX, JO, U MEN, The Guardian, Russia Profile, Foreign Policy, Strange Horizons, TechPresident, Moskovskiye Novosti, and probably a few other places I have currently forgotten. The good people of Feministe have occasionally allowed me to deface their blog as well. I write plays in Russian and fiction in English. I cannot, for the love of me, write plays in English. Nor fiction in Russian. Except I sometimes break that rule.
I was born in Kiev, in a Ukrainian-Russian family, where people to this day argue about who gets to have Sevastopol. I have spent most of my life in the United States. In the South. It wasn’t like “True Blood,” but it was sort of like being in Rivendell, when Frodo had this “mortal wound” crap going on, and the Hobbits could finally chill. More recently, I lived in the Middle East – where I learned what Jerusalem is worth. Then, back in Ukraine again – where I had many adventures and became a playwright, because that’s what one does in the middle of a long Kievan winter. Now I live in Russia, among old Soviet panel buildings and Byzantine intrigue.
I once made a poem out of my favourite books list on Facebook (it does occasionally get tweaked as new books are added. No, I don’t scope out titles in stores to see if they would fit the scheme):
Human Croquet, The Master and Margarita, Lolita, The Lord of the Rings, The Book of Lost Things, American Gods, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Secret History, The White Guard, The Hero and the Crown, Written On the Body, Fragile Things, Wicked, Harry Potter, As I Lay Dying, The Beach, The Life of Arsenyev, The Death of Ivan Ilych, Not the End of the World
This is a personal blog, and does not reflect the opinions of my family, friends, and employers, past, present, and future.
Some of my best friends happen to be mean, saber-toothed IP lawyers. Just putting that out there.
Banner image ⓒ Alexey Zhiryakov. 2014.