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My Plans for the Day

My Plans for the Day

There are so many books I’m in the middle of reading or have been gifted or lent and need to get on. I fiercely miss my childhood, when I would tear through a book in a day or two and go out on the prowl for something new without thought to a thing called the […]

Advice for Americans and other foreigners traveling long-distance on Rus...

Advice for Americans and other foreigners traveling long-distance on Russian trains.

As I mentioned, I was recently in Siberia, specifically in Kyzyl, the capital of the Tuva Republic. But before I can tell you about Kyzyl, I have to tell you how I got there. I took the train! This (obviously) makes me an expert on Russian long-distance trains, so I will share my wisdom with […]

Russian Jabberwocky

Russian Jabberwocky

Yesterday, fumbling for a last-minute lesson plan for my night class, I decided to have students (all two of them) read Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky.” If you haven’t read it or don’t remember it, here’s the text. They were horrified at how many words they didn’t know, until I told them that a lot of the words […]