It's more than just crusty old guys dreaming about the good old days.
Koenker documents an uneasy tension between purpose and pleasure in Soviet vacation travel.
[Twenty Towns'] descriptive precision, playfulness and levelheadedness makes reading it a rewarding experience.
Victor Tsoi, reporting on Russia, children's literature, Dr. Strangelove and more.
Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files arrived early via Interlibrary Loan, and I spent part of Wednesday evening leafing through it. There will not be a review...
Finally reviewed after spending a couple of months on the pile.
tl;dr, I've met my mediocrity quota for the year.
With dynamic illustration and suspenseful, outlandish stories, Pionerskaya Pravda is a great choice for anyone wanting a light read on a summer evening.
Other Russias is an interesting collection of graphic reportage, even if the last 2/3rds feel like "The Same Russias".
Move over, Danzig Baldaev! It's time for another specialist - this time seasoned British police officer Mark G. Bullen - to take a crack at the esoteric system of Russian criminal tattoos. The result is quite fascinating, actually.
This review was originally written in 2013.
A cross between mean girl talk and Martha Stewart etiquette classes, set among the Moscow 1%. This is going to be rough.