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*** Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart


A third of the way into Little Failure, I realized that I had not enjoyed the author’s books (one of them, to be precise) — but I thoroughly enjoyed his memoir, from a circumscribed childhood in what was still the USSR to emigration to New York with parents that never quite adapted completely to their new environment and who did not believe in coddling him. 46 more words

True Story

A Fed 3 with a story

I got a call from a friend who also shoots film to let me know that the local Antique store had a Russian rangefinder in the shop.   563 more words

From the Archives: Review: Wolfhound Century, Peter Higgins

As far back as I can remember, I had a fascination with Russia.

It began when I was a child. This was the mid-1980s. The Cold War, as they say, was hot. 173 more words

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Red Plenty

When my little brother went to the library as a child, he’d always head for the non-fiction shelves, or as he called them, ‘wise books’. I was always more interested in story books, although lately I’ve started reading more and more wise books. 324 more words

Success

The hammer-and-sickle kitchen-factory in Samara (1931)

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Ekaterina Maximova’s 1931 fabrika-kukhnia on Maslennikov in Samara is a constructivist wonder in the shape of a hammer and sickle. Soviet “factory kitchens” were intended to provide proper nutrition to workers and liberate women from domestic slavery (i.e. 584 more words

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