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Valerie Duff: Russian Chapter

Deserters call and wave their sacks
at the carriage bound for Petersburg.

August 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Marina Tsvetaeva: Thank God for the Rich

For their root, putrid and loose,
For their weeping-wound from the cradle,
For their perplexing habit of taking
More from my pocket into their pocket.

January 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

Marco North: The Street of Flowers

Two weeks ago, I spied those splotches of blood against the white concrete, the roses scattered across the sidewalk. I imagined it was a fist fight or a knifing at … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marco North: Moscow 2018 — The Migrant

I load the tiny Leica at the kitchen table, the CL that almost fits in my palm. There are piles of broken asphalt downstairs and the remnants of a flash … Continue reading

December 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Dramatic Monologue — Joseph Brodsky

We tap dance down the highway. There’s an exit. Who made me a pharoah? Dare I gesture — or reach for a cigarette?   Shouldn’t I be on the banks … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Noam Chomsky — The current confrontation between US and Russia

Published on Nov 7, 2014 How did Russia and the West slip back into what seems like the Cold War all over again? How dangerous is the current confrontation? Should … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Chana Bloch: Potato Eaters

My grandmother never did learn to write. “Making love” was not in her lexicon; I wonder if she ever took off her clothes when her husband performed his conjugal duties. … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Winslow Myers: Who Speaks for Earth?

Why are efforts to prevent collective destruction so rare? Few people remember them today, but there were significant global leadership initiatives in the 1980s against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Video: Ukraine Explained

John Green discusses the continuing crisis in Ukraine, and how the influence of Russia and Europe have shaped Ukrainian politics for centuries.

July 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

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