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Monthly archives for March, 2012

Dad Comes North

Dad Comes North

My dad visited me last week, and it was wonderful to see him, as always. “Inspiration” is not quite the right word for him, so much as “motivation” or “reason” or “root.” He took me out of America for the first time, when I was 9, to Madrid. That trip caused me to study Spanish, […]

Arctic Skies

Arctic Skies

Yesterday was an awesome day. On Monday, I finally got my copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green in the mail. I’ve been waiting for it since January, and since before then, when John and Hank started talking about it on their vlogbrothers videos. And yesterday, as we had the day off […]

The Internet Resists Simplicity (for once)

The Internet Resists Simplicity (for once)

Being a well-informed citizen of the world is fucking depressing. I’ve been on an information binge the last few days, starting with the Russian elections, and leading me on a ramblingly broad and superficially upsetting rampage across the Internet from institutional racism to rape culture to sweat shops in China to the financial crisis in […]

Six More Years of Putin

Six More Years of Putin

Yesterday, Russia held presidential elections. In case you’re not in on the Russian political loop, Putin won. With over 60% of the vote. In second place was Zyuganov, the Communist candidate, with about 17%; and the other three candidates, Prokhorov (independent), Zhirinovsky (Liberal Democratic party), and Mironov (Just Russia) got less than 7% each. Like […]

Music at Marfa’s

Music at Marfa’s

Running down the center of the city, parallel to the main street, is a historical street for pedestrians called Chumbarovka. It’s lined with beautiful old wooden houses, some of them restored, some not, a giant shopping mall, and statues to the fairy-tale writer Pisakhov. One of the historical buildings is called Marfin Dom, or Marfa’s […]