About John Freedman’s blog

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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.

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6 thoughts on “About John Freedman’s blog”

  1. This is driving me crazy, and you’re the only person I can think of who might be able to help, so forgive me for pestering you with it. I’m compiling a Chronology of Russian Prose Literature in which items are listed by year of publication; this is often hard to determine for plays (dates given in parenthesis in published sources might refer to year of composition or first performance, rarely of actual publication), and I’m finding it completely impossible for Galin’s famous “Ретро,” which was apparently written in 1979, had its premiere in 1981, and was wildly popular in the early ’80s. Do you happen to know where and when it was first published? My eternal gratitude if so!

    1. I don’t know this off-hand, of course. A quick look on the net, just in case, turned up the same things that you have seen, surely. I won’t really be in a position to learn more about this until the end of August. If that’s not too late, let me know, and I’ll try to find out what I can…

      1. It’s never too late, and thank you for being willing to try. My e-mail is languagehat AT gmail, if’s easier to correspond that way than via your comment box.

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Russian literature, art, music and theater through architecture and monuments