Monthly Archives: April 2011

A Purgatorial Venture: Moby Dick

Recently a history professor at a conservative university asked if I would write five blogs for him on the five books every American should read; I’ve decided to post each one here as well. If there is one book that … Continue reading

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Solzhenitsyn’s Final Word: Hope

If Americans think of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, they think of him as a negative person–full of doom and gloom, cursing the future. Russians often view him as a political hero, who stood up to the Communist regime. However, if he only … Continue reading

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Trip to Moscow 3: Terrible and Beautiful

Ivan the Terrible is buried in the Archangel’s Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin, as is the son whom he killed. In the Tretyakov gallery, Repin’s haunting painting that depicts the murder commands a whole wall. In contrast to the vacant … Continue reading

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Trip to Moscow 2: Tretyakov Gallery

On Tuesday (March 22), Professor Alex Klimoff of Vassar College led me on a whirlwind tour of the Tretyakov  Gallery in Moscow. We spent most of our time in awe of the icons that date back before the 11th century. … Continue reading

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Trip to Moscow, 1

From March 20-27, I travelled to Moscow, Russia. I’d like to post a few continuous blogs recording the cultural experience, as long as you enjoy them. In Moscow, the Russians thought I was Russian. On the elevator descending underground, I … Continue reading

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