Aug 07, 2018
Should a 484-page book about the history of St. Petersburg without a single mention of St. John of Kronstadt, one of the greatest spiritual leaders of Russia, be immediately dismissed? No. Despite its cynicism, proclivity for sex scandal and political intrigue, Jonathan Miles's St Petersburg: Three...
Jun 20, 2018
In the past ten months or so, I wrote and translated about two dozen articles dealing with the Russian Revolution. In need of illustrations, I turned, naturally, to the internet. There is not that many good photos of the event, though, and, as I found out soon, most other articles about the same top...
Mar 03, 2018
One hundred years ago, the second volume of In Search of Lost Time, one of the greatest novels of all time, came out of print. It won Marcel Proust the Goncourt Prize the following year. For the next three years, until his untimely death at the age of 51, Proust feverishly worked on t...
Nov 04, 2017
"At long last! I can't believe my eyes - and in more than one way! I've stopped hoping a long time ago that I would once hold in my hand an artistic artifact which works for me on all major fronts. One with a powerful structure and crazy content that is both art and pop without being either art or p...
Sep 20, 2017
Erika Christakis, The Importance of Being Little. New York: Viking, 2016. 400 pages.