It’s Not New But It’s Timeless and Great: “My Perestroika”

Below is a review I wrote for Murdoch’s “The Daily” in April of last year. It was not published. The editor said his editor had decided the movie was not “big enough” for them to cover. They paid me in full, not a “kill fee.” I liked that part. But the whole experience was typical […]

Chipping Away At Our Ignorance One Bit At A Time

Here is a very good, thorough article about Chen Gaungcheng.



Yevtushenko’s Moral Genius

Why is it a brilliant poem? [In Memory Of The Poet Xenia Nekrasova] Well, first of all, what would be the purpose of “poetry,” in this age, old or new. The same as it would be in any age—to make us feel. It is rarely lamented that poetry is eliminated in Western society, as we […]

A Yevtushenko Favorite

IN MEMORY OF THE POET XENIA NEKRASOVA I’ll never forget about Ksiusha, Ksiusha, who looked so like a ninny, with her squinting eyes, her pockmarks. And how was she to blame? Her blame lay in her pockmarks, her squinting eyes, and the unsightly dresses she wore… What did she really want of us? A kindly […]