This blog about Russian culture combines a mixture of personal whim and historical fact. It is not encyclopedic, although I would like to think it contains more than a little that you will not find in encyclopedias. It has an affinity for the pointless and obscure while often ignoring the obvious and the important. Here you can find photos and odd information – or read personal asides – about buildings, statues, monuments, streets, memorial plaques and other physical objects that are connected in some way to art, literature, theater and music originating in Russia, some of which is well known, some of which is not. I am often more interested in sharing images than words, so sometimes I let the pictures do most of the talking. I live in Moscow and that is my main focus but the occasional trip allows me to expand the site’s purview in a haphazard way. Haphazard here is the rule.
For the record, I have written or edited/translated several books on Russian theater. Most are available through my author’s page on amazon.com, including Provoking Theater, which I wrote with Kama Ginkas, and of which I am particularly fond. I maintain a website that chronicles my own, and others’, writing about Russian drama and theater. My most recent book (see below) is an anthology of contemporary Russian drama put out by New Academia Publishing. It is currently available at amazon.com and on the New Academia website. Ebooks (and regular hard copies) are available at amazon.com and barnes&noble.com.