Blog days of summer

The academic year is finally over, and I’m free to write whatever I wish, whenever I want!

Blogside, I’ve planned a few events for the summer. As you know, Russia Reviewed will feature a series on Russian post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels, likely in July. On the list are Tatyana Tolstaya’s The Slynx, Vladimir Sorokin’s Day of the Oprichnik, Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro 2033, and Yana Vagner’s To the Lake. I also hope to return to my summer habit of writing long non-review pieces a la The Problem with Putin Panic and A Tale of Five Sites. A few topics of personal interest emerged from my reading and study during the year:

  • Why do so many people cite spy novels as “excellent windows to the Real Russia”?
  • What kind of book makes the cut in translation from Russian to English?
  • What is “The Russia Bug”, and can it be killed?
  • What’s the deal with the growing number of fictionalized Putins, and what can it tell us about our understanding of Russia?
  • Is there such a thing as “book fatigue” (i.e. reading/reviewing too many books, to the point of not wanting to read regularly anymore)?

No guarantees that I’ll write full-length posts for all of these, but each is on the table.

Offline, I plan to:

  • Practice Russian (DUH!)
  • Dedicate an hour per day to drawing practice – perspective and human figure, probably
  • Read. Seriously, my Goodreads to-read list is 167 books long!
  • Go bug-hunting and take tons of pictures
  • And relax, of course…isn’t that what summer is for?

In short, I’m aiming for productivity and fun in equal measure.

Looking for something to do this summer? How about the J.T. Challenge for Language Learners?



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