Tag Archives: Dostoyevsky

flowers for boris: if only he was clever

The Cranes Are Flying. The horrors of WWII from Russia as cinema circa 1958 playing on the moral ambiguities piercing the Soviet collective psyche still shaken by war with Germany.  It is in the great literary tradition of Dostoevsky and … Continue reading

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from russia with blood: soul on ice

A Russian soul on ice somewhere freezing somewhere in a clearly unromantic wasteland of the north?Valery Popov: “he killed six people, but his soul was pure.”  Russian history, its tragedies, sufferings and near fatalistic natures can lead one to conclude … Continue reading

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Orwell: cracked mirrors and memory holes

The mental disease of imagination…Twenty-seven years after the fateful year of 1984, we are still fascinated by George Orwell’s dystopic vision of rationalism gone mad, stark raving mad. There is always the temptation to measure how cold we are willing … Continue reading

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WEIMAR AND THE VIOLENCE OF AMNESIA: Trope of a Troubled Burial

Accusations of elitism, populous slanders of the word as pejorative have been unleashed as aprt of the American cultural landscape in this season of discontent. Can we take lessons form the Weimar Republic? The right wing tone of academia in … Continue reading

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LISTENING TO THE BACK BEAT

” …and, escorted by two police cars, the group drove to a ball park on the corner of Army Street and Portero Avenue, where they played a game against the Bank of California ‘Nuggets’, to prove to the squares that … Continue reading

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THE ULTIMATUM TEAM: ARE WE ALL PLAYING IN THE SAME BAND?

We’re all playing in the same band There’s enough guitars for you and me Stand beside your brother and take his hand Seems the times are changing finally We’re all playing in the same band Sing the song together and … Continue reading

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