This is an excerpt from the “Guest on a Horse” poem: Sleek and simple was the stallion As transparent as a stream. Long of mare and hurried temper, Said that he would like some cream. “I’m the chairman of this meeting! Come to join you and parley. Teach me what to do, Creator!” God repliedContinue reading “Anna Arutunyan does a liberal translation of Alexander Vvedensky”
I wrote this article about what it’s like to play “The Last of Us” the other day. It got me reminiscing. In the article, I make a passing reference to Russia in the 1990s, and how my friend said the same thing that I had been thinking for a while: some aspects of this most cerebralContinue reading “Midsummer, 2013. I’m playing “The Last of Us””
I’ve been digging around my family history – the sad chapters of it, mostly. When you’re trying to understand some things about the present, the past can be a helpful place to start. Then Yuri Nifatov, a family friend, contacted me and let me have a look at his archive. It features a lot ofContinue reading “Beautiful people: pretty pictures of women I’m related to, a.k.a. hipsters back in the USSR”
🙂 Odd to think that my grandfather apparently met him, once upon a time. Or maybe not so odd, all things considered. I realized this while going through some of my grandfather’s old pictures just a few years ago. There, among faces I didn’t know, or else faces that seemed slightly familiar, shots of oneContinue reading “Glory to Gagarin”
I never noticed it until recently, but here it is, in screenshot format: The license plate on this car has the Ukrainian flag, the word “EMPIRE” in Russian and, underneath it, the word “USSR.” Pseudo-political visual teasing FTW.