Citizen Poet"— a daring spectacle of opposition poetics about the current state of Russia. TV network "Дождь" (Rain), which broadcast Citizen Poet, is repeatedly censored and blocked by cable providers under pressure from the Putin government.
Just days after Russia invaded Crimea, Bykov traveled to Kharkov, a mostly Russian-speaking Eastern Ukrainian city where I was born. He wrote about his visit in Sobesednik, Russia's current events weekly. Below is my translation of the piece. The original Russian version is available here.
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Monday, December 9, 2013
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"I kept insisting that I wouldn’t leave until I had made it," said Mira Ptacin, one of the contributors. "The thing is, once I made it to one rung on the ladder of success, there was always another rung above to reach for. And another, and another."
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Monday, October 7, 2013
|"Missed Connections" by Sophie Blackall©|
Currently, more than 200 platforms feature permanent displays connecting "to neighborhoods with art that echoes the architectural history and design context of the individual stations." For 25 years, MTA’s Arts for Transit has been choosing the most visionary local artists to adorn the stations using materials already on site—mosaic, ceramic, tile, bronze, steel and faceted glass. The result is a cornucopia of artwork on platforms, walls, gates and transfers all over the city.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
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Sunday, July 21, 2013
A man got away with murder in Florida. But if the same man stalked and killed a black teenage boy on the streets of New York City or Philadelphia , surely the verdict would be different (for one, you cannot carry a concealed weapon in those cities). We are a nation of laws, you protest, and laws are different in Florida. But was Trayvon's pain any different in Florida as he clung to his young life? Was any different the pain of his loved ones as they buried his corpse? Are bullets any less lethal in Florida? Then why, if not for racial bias, should the punitive action taken against his killer be different in Florida than anywhere else?
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
this list. It names some great scribes like Adelle Waldman, Helen Phillips, even William Styron. There is only one problem: having a Brooklyn zip code doesn't make you a Brooklyn writer. Jennifer Egan and Martin Amis, also on the list, are both tremendous novelists. But buying a brownstone in Fort Green at the height of literary acclaim didn't make their work uniquely Brooklyn. Nor does living and writing, as most on the list do, inside the square mile of Park Slope privilege reflect the stupendous cultural diversity of this borough.
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Saturday, July 6, 2013
|'I am Crow' by Kirby Sattler|
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