Saturday, August 8, 2015

Lenin Lives! Why It's Wrong to Destroy Soviet Sculptures


(A version of this article appeared online in Russia! Magazine)

In 1991, after seventy years of Soviet repression, Ukraine declared its independence. Those living in Kharkiv, its second largest city, may remember it as the most uncertain period in the country's history. But Kharkiv's statue of V. I. Lenin – the largest in Ukraine – stood even as the nation around it was crumbling.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Lena Dunham is No Philip Roth or Richard Pryor

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"He doesn't tip. And he never brings his wallet anywhere," Lena Dunham quips about her partner, musician Jack Antonoff, in a New Yorker Shouts & Murmurs piece titled Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz. "This is because he comes from a culture in which mothers focus every ounce of their attention on their offspring and don't acknowledge their own need for independence as women." 

The article drew heat from social media, opinion writers, and the Anti-Defamation League. But David Remnick, New Yorker editor, stood by Dunham, insisting that "Richard Pryor and Chris Rock do the same about black stereotypes," comparing HBO's Girls star to Lenny Bruce and Larry David.