Such virtue hath my blog.
I’m a journalist, playwright, and a perpetually harassed-looking mother. I write prose in English and plays in Russian. Am currently working on a book.
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.
After the publication I loved was taken over, I directed social media for Russia Beyond the Headlines for a few months, but left under mysterious circumstances.
I also used to be editor of Global Comment – an internationalist online magazine.
My writing has appeared in The Second Pass, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Strange Horizons, TechPresident, Moskovskiye Novosti, Mic, The Moscow Times, Newsweek Europe, Balkanist Magazine, openDemocracy, the London Review of Books blog, and so on. The good people of Feministe have occasionally allowed me to deface their blog as well.
I was born in the greatest and saddest city in the world, which is Kiev, and did most of my growing up in the 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. Then I lived in the Middle East – in Dubai and Amman – 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. I lived in Moscow for some years and now flit between Russia and Ukraine a lot, because that’s what the cool kids are doing these days.
I once made a poem out of my favourite books list on Facebook:
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.