** Elif Batuman's The Possessed takes us everywhere from Stanford to Russia to Uzbekistan.
** I feared Batuman failed to mention any of my favorites from Russian literature (Shalamov, Olesha, and Biely among others), and then, like magic, Biely showed up in a footnote a few pages after this anxiety set in. So, yes, it was more like a doubt or disappointment, not a genuine fear.
** Arthur Nersesians's Dogrun has a Yuri Olesha reference!
** I read Turkish-American Batuman just before Armenian-American Nersesian, and, like a naive American-American dip shit, I imagine myself resolving the history of their ancestors.
** On Easter Sunday, we ate with people who described themselves as Ukrainians raised in Russia. The father came from the town that "Gooseberries" takes place in.
** An interpretation of Yuri Olesha's Envy is that it is equally critical of both capitalism and communism, Russia and its "foreign devils," and this is consistent with how I teach Ha Jin's "After Cowboy Chicken Came To Town."
** As you can see, I'm in a jam, and this sort of superficial listing is the best I can do.
** Also, I promised myself, I'd try to stop blogging and begin writing short little pieces I could then submit to journals and zines.
** I can't prove that the global news headlines continue to insist we are sliding into sustained global conflict, or World War III, but I can't prove that we're not.
** But blogging is easy and addictive.
** I must return to typing in more corrections I've made by hand.
** So I'll add detail to this another time.
** Fight for your long weekend!
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