Such virtue hath my blog.
“Maybe she’s a nice girl,” said one of my favorite trolls. But I’m just some writer.
I was deputy editor then acting editor-in-chief of The Moscow News, Russia’s oldest English language newspaper, before the agency that owned it, RIA Novosti, was liquidated and an era ended. Here are my parting words on the matter (an archived version – because too many people would like to pretend TMN never existed?).
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 have written for the The Guardian, Mashable, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, Mic, The Moscow Times, Balkanist, openDemocracy, the London Review of Books blog, the UK edition of the International Business Times, TechPresident, GlobalComment, the WdW Review at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, and Little Atoms. I also used to deface Feministe with rambling guest posts.
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 (I am not even kidding). 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 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. When I’m not doing that, I am likely to be found in Greece, doing the things that people do in Greece (raki may or may not be involved).
I once made a poem out of my favourite books list on Facebook (I update it as I continue to read):
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, A God in Ruins, The Hero and the Crown, Written On the Body, Fragile Things, Wicked, Harry Potter, As I Lay Dying, The Beach, The Goldfinch, The Life of Arsenyev, The Death of Ivan Ilych, Not the End of the World