Sixteen people to not hang out with in 2016

Happy New Year! I’ve been accused of being “too negative” around the blogosphere lately. “Cheer up, Natalia,” a bunch of you are saying. “Stop using indelicate words and hating on people quite as much.” I’m sure most of you have a point. But since none of you will read me if I’m going to goContinue reading “Sixteen people to not hang out with in 2016”

All the king’s sweets (a song for overgrown children)

When you walk out into this night You will find what you’re looking for – Or maybe a little bit more. Gunpowder on a stick So sweet that it hurts to lick; A border where lace confronts thigh Patrolled by a a jealous eye; A star in the forehead, A golden sieve, And all youContinue reading “All the king’s sweets (a song for overgrown children)”

Mikhalkov’s “12”: One of the most glorious moments in modern Russian cinema

Lezginka! I don’t think you even need to like this movie in order to feel goosebumps crawling up your arms as you watch this one. If you can’t read the Russian subtitles and don’t understand Chechen, the kid expresses admiration for the knife, and the man gives it to him. After the dance, the kid’sContinue reading “Mikhalkov’s “12”: One of the most glorious moments in modern Russian cinema”

Happy Victory Day! – С Днем Победы!

My grandmother started crying on the phone: “I don’t want you to ever know what it’s like to hear the shelling and know that it’s coming for you.” War is banal and blind and savage and ultimately meaningless. But there is still something to smile about today, at least for me. If only because itsContinue reading “Happy Victory Day! – С Днем Победы!”