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Journey Into the Whirlwind

The best book, certainly the best memoir, that I’ve read in years, The Journey into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Semyonovna Ginzburg chronicles her experience of imprisonment in USSR during the Stalin era. Since she saw no evidence against her colleague, … Continue reading

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Poem of the Week

A Little Bird by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin In alien lands I keep the body Of ancient native rites and things: I gladly free a little birdie At celebration of the spring.  I’m now free for consolation, And thankful to almighty Lord: At least, to one … Continue reading

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Poem of the Week

Shakespeare By Pavel AntokolskyTranslated by Yevgeny Bonver He was just nobody. The one benighted idler, The  Stratford poacher, the awe of forest-guards, The gaily friend of the Falstaffian buds. Who was he, else? The supplicant admirer Of a swarthy lady … Continue reading

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Poem of the Week

She sat upon the floor  By Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev She sat upon the floor Looking through a pile of letters, She took them up and tossed them Like so many cold ashes. She took the familiar pages And gazed at them strangely, The way souls look … Continue reading

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If you give it a chance, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker mesmerizes and baffles. Made in the USSR in 1979, the Stalker takes place in a decaying, post-apocalyptic world that’s both repulsive and dripping in sludge yet hypnotic.  Plot: In a dystopian … Continue reading

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Sepia Saturday

Every week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers with an image. The photo above is of early X-Ray recipients. My goodness, what’s going on with these contraptions? I feel for the woman on the left. Here’s what I found on the Library … Continue reading

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Russian Tea Room, Harbin, China

Eating at the Russian Tea Room in Harbin is like eating in a Russian grandmother’s house. The decor is homey, full of antiques from former Russians who lived in Harbin in the early 20th century. I enjoyed the Russian tea … Continue reading

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