Such virtue hath my blog.
I’m a journalist & playwright in Moscow. My husband is a theater director and filmmaker. We have a little boy who thinks he is a ninja.
Visit The Moscow News to take a look at my work. I’m the paper’s acting editor-in-chief at the moment.
Visit Global Comment – an internationalist online magazine & Arab Comment – an Arab online magazine (on hiatus) to take a look at some of my previous work – I used to be editor of both GC and AC.
I write a weekly column on trends in Russian society for RIA Novosti English – it’s aptly called “Trendswatcher.” You can read it, alongside other columns for RIA’s English service, here. And I used to write a weekly science and tech blog for them as well – it had a cutesy name I was ridiculously fond of, “Matrix Mama.”
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, RIA Novosti, 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. Before you ask – no, 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, you know, the hobbits are exhausted and Frodo has this “mortal wound” crap going on, and suddenly they can all just finally chill and then.. OK, never mind. 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 I couldn’t do it any other way. Now I am in Russia.
I once won a decorative bust of Frodo in a photo contest and consider Jean-Luc Picard to be a pretty close approximation of the perfect man. I also once made a poem out of my favourite books list on Facebook (it does occasionally get tweaked as new books are added. And 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.
The work on this blog is protected, and some of my best friends happen to be mean, saber-toothed IP lawyers. Just sayin.
Banner image ⓒ Sasha Andrusyk. 2011.