Post Index


03.02.18 March 2018 Booklist

02.01.18 February 2018 Booklist

01.10.18 My Most Anticipated Books of 2018

01.01.18 January 2018 Booklist

12.01.17 December Booklist

11.01.17 November Booklist

10.01.17 October Booklist

09.01.17 September Booklist

08.16.17 August Booklist, cont.

08.01.17 August Booklist

07.05.17 July Booklist, cont.

07.01.17 July Booklist

06.08.17 June Booklist

05.01.17 May Booklist

03.01.17 Trawling for Books

02.11.17 2 more books; take your pick

01.18.17 The Coming Year in Books

12.19.16 Holiday booklist

11.05.16 More recent, new, and upcoming books

10.10.16 The Marvelous Book Backlog

09.30.16 The Reading List Expands?

07.29.16 Five for the Shelf

05.03.16 Five Russia Reads I’d Love to See

04.06.16 2015: Russian Reads in Retrospect

03.07.16 7 Reads on the Radar


03.06.18 The Terrible Twos; or, I Can’t Believe It’s Been Another Year

02.17.18 In Which J.T. Rattles on About Literary Putins or Something

02.02.18 While Messing with Some Notes Today, Two Things Crossed My Mind

02.02.18 Goodbye Goodreads? A Reflection on Reading, Media, and Reviews

01.02.18 Russia Reviewed in 2018, part II of II

01.01.18 Russia Reviewed in 2018, part I of II

12.22.17 Naughty and Nice of 2017

10.27.17 The Hamster Wheel

09.20.17 Honor reviews?

09.06.17 Coming Clean About Putinania

08.30.17 Broken News

08.11.17 Even More Russia-Writing Sins

08.11.17 Brainstorming Exercise: “Head-of-State Fiction”: Do or Don’t?

07.10.17 Real Thoughts on “Fake News”

07.02.17 Late to the Party: Thoughts on ‘The Putin Interviews’, part IV

06.28.17 Late to the Party: Thoughts on ‘The Putin Interviews’, part III

06.27.17 Late to the Party: Thoughts on ‘The Putin Interviews’, part II

06.24.17 Late to the Party: Thoughts on ‘The Putin Interviews’, part I

06.21.17 Ask J.T.: Information Diet

06.14.17 Ask J.T.: Literal Shelf Life

06.14.17 Recent Discoveries: Think Tanks and Outlets

05.24.17 Book Fatigue?

03.15.17 Multi-review: Free Russian Resources

03.05.17 Russia Reviewed Turns 1!

02.10.17 Too far gone?

02.01.17 A Moment of Idealism

01.25.17 Determination

01.13.17 On ‘Russian Hacking’

01.04.17 Russia Reviewed in 2017, part II of II

01.01.17 Russia Reviewed in 2017, part I of II

12.23.16 Two working fingers and a smartphone

11.18.16 Am I a Harsh Critic?

11.09.16 B2 by 2020!

10.01.16 The Realm of Unpredictability

09.02.16 So You’re a Russophile, Right J.T.?

08.21.16 The Problem with Putin Panic

07.24.16 Unexpected Lessons from the Russobookosphere

07.20.16 Самое главное – It Sells

07.20.16 Why I don’t do Russia Analysis

07.19.16 Russia Book Purgatory

07.04.16 Intellectually Impoverished Affairs

06.27.16 A Tale of Five Sites

06.22.16 The 7 (+3) Deadly Sins of Writing Russia Books

06.20.16 Russian Proficiency Assessment

06.06.16 Content of a Shelf

Image compilations

01.05.18 Drawings from the Late Pleistocene

09.15.17 Byron at Eventide, Sept. 10th

09.06.17 Last of the Summer’s Insects II

07.27.17 Russia Reviewed Hiatus; Garden Party

06.17.17 Junebugs

05.31.17 Field Day

05.12.17 Spiders and Beetles and Moths, Oh My

04.19.17 I didn’t choose the Bug Life…

03.29.17 Springtime in J.T.-vale

03.22.17 Весна пришла II

01.10.17 When Santa Arrives Fifteen Days Late (and Brings You the Wrong Book)

09.27.16 The Last of the Summer Insects

08.21.16 Я вернулась!

08.07.16 Sunday Image Compilation

07.13.16 A Brief Respite from Russia

07.11.16 Помоги мне!

07.02.16 Chart: What is Putin Weaponizing?

Reactions/Rage Pages

01.01.18 In with the New

10.27.17 Review: [insert title here]

10.14.17 Reader’s Regret

09.26.17 How J.T. Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Awful Putin Biographies

09.05.17 Starting: Putin: His Downfall and Russia’s Coming Crash

08.18.17 Forward or Backward?

04.07.17 The bar is subterranean

03.31.17 Your search results (454)

03.06.17 How to Spot a Russian Troll

01.31.17 Three Cheers for Juvenile Debate

01.25.17 Dark clouds on the horizon for Russia Direct?

01.18.17 ‘Red Sparrow’ Film on the Horizon

12.12.16 Confirmed: I hate Mondays

12.11.16 No, we’re not paranoid! Did the RUSSIANS tell you that?

10.02.16 The Intensity of J.T.

09.23.16 The Russian Opposition Should Do Its Homework

09.20.16 Wow. Just Wow.

08.02.16 Evolution of a Narrative

07.15.16 Spare a Thought

07.08.16 The One Lovely Blog Award

07.06.16 #WhereIsPutin

05.10.16 It took two pages. TWO PAGES.

04.23.16 Outburst of an Angry Reviewer

04.18.16 My First Troll! (a mild rant of sorts)


12.14.16 The Holiday Horror; or, K.M. Strikes Back (story time)

10.08.16 A Dangerous Game

08.10.16 Oh, Goodreads

07.05.16 Planet Earth is Through, and There’s Nothing I Can Do

07.04.16 Duolingo II: The Return of WAT

06.03.16 The Duolingo Russian Course – an exercise in WAT

05.17.16 The Future of Russia (an Amazon augury)

04.21.16 “Humor”


12.01.17 Notes on lecture ‘From Lenin to Putin: Political Leadership in Russia’s Revolutionary Century’

10.16.17 Why Do I DNF?

09.13.17 From the “Field Guide to Readers and Critics of North America”: How to Catch a J.T.

08.28.17 New Semester

08.11.17 Brainstorming Exercise: Head-of-State Fiction: Do or Don’t?

06.30.17 Something Amiss in M.—?

06.24.17 Solzhenitsyn in His Harvard Address

05.31.17 Blast from the Past: Notes on Lecture ‘How to Deal with Russia: Advice for the Future President’

05.15.17 Five Writers on Writing

04.26.17 Notes on Lecture ‘From Russia with Love? Reporting on Spies in the Age of Trump’

04.05.17 Notes from Trenin lecture ‘U.S.-Russian Relations Under the Trump Administration’

01.18.17 The Forbidden

01.13.17 Another True Bug Story

12.08.16 Super Sad True Bug Story

08.11.16 Discussion: McLaren Report

07.31.16 Quotation Rules

Russia Roundups

#1 Has there been a rollback of democracy under Putin?

#2 Foreign policy outlook, Russian Federation sitrep, Panama Papers

#3 Direct Line with Vladimir Putin, Russia in the Middle East, debt collector violence

#4 Approval ratings, Tolokonnikova, foreign policy trajectories, Bastrykin’s Kommersant op-ed.

#5 Chernobyl, a letter to the Russian elite, Chatham House report, Russian demographics

#6 Protest potential, NATO posturing, freedom of speech in the EU

#8 RBK “pogrom”, Valdai Club, mainstream news media

#9 Levada Center statistics, Cold War model of confrontation, more Valdai Club

#10 VCIOM press releases, rank stupidity, militarized Poland, Stalinism, Tolokonnikova in Lithuania

#11 Emigration, demographics, Levada Center, Lenin lookalikes on Red Square

#12 Russia’s “new propagandists”, Orlando Shooting, Kennan Institute, The Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes

#13 Russia vs. NATO, patriotism in Russia, the road from 1996.

#14 the politics of exhibition, an all time low for Russia bashing, electoral legitimacy, the Belykh affair

#15 Yarovaya package, emigration, diplomat harassment, Russian rich kids of instagram

#16 VCIOM press releases, Church-State relations, NATO’s theater of the absurd

#17 National pride, superstition, Crimea, political stars

#18 Trump-Putin bromance, potential for a coup in Russia, DNC leaks, the Hawks’ election strategy, honorable mentions.

#19 Dem/Rep. national conventions, VtsIOM press releases, Russian elite rotation, Olympics

#20 Russophobia in magazines, VTsIOM press release, cyber attacks on Moscow Metro

#21 “Russian” cyberattacks, “Russia-Iran condominium”, patriotic comic book, Trump-Russia connection, VTsIOM press release

#22 Arizona election hack, Brzezinski gives up on empire, Kremlinology

#23 Russia’s Pokemon gulag, Russia in Iran, Russian State in the Far East, Levada Center

#24 populism in the US and Russia, Novosibirsk, VTsIOM poll, parliamentary elections

#25 Russia v PornHub, Russian Duma elections, Putin Panic

#26 A visit to Vladimir, Syria, VTsIOM, Black people in Russia

#27 Party Like a Russian, Obama and Russia, VTsIOM social indicators, Putin Derangement Syndrome

#28 Russians on the US election, Retrospective Foresight Saga, Valdai Club, electoral ratings

Reading on Russia Roundups cancelled

Reading on Russia Roundup, post-election edition (#29)

Holiday Reading on Russia Roundup (#30)

Reading on Russia Roundup: another attempt (#31)

#32 Levada Center, US miscalculation on Russia, Moscow’s foreign policy, NOSE award, Kremlin-baiting Trump

#33 Working-class life in anytown Russia, Alexander Snegirev’s Vera, former Ambassador Jack Matlock on US-Russian relations, ant pictures, what do average Americans think of the Russians?

#34 Putin Derangement Syndrome, 2017 National Bestseller longlist, genealogy of American russophobia, prospects for a Sino-Russian rift strategy

#35 Collapse of journalism, Galeotti on Trump-Russia connection, why there will be no revolution in Russia, Flynn, oldest J.T. protoputin known to man

#36 Witch hunt, darkest Russian literature, most memorable recent events

#37 Trumpspam, unhinged Russia rhetoric, Russian with a political scientist, Vladimir Putin myths, New Yorker’s cover story

#38 Black swan events, contacts with Russian embassy, Paul Goldberg’s The Yid, Navalny “kompromats” Medvedev, Masha Gessen warns against Russia hysteria, ISSF Roundtable on Return to Cold War

#39 Sergey Kuznetsov’s Kaleidoscope, weaponizing comedy, Tom Clancy fever dream, “Shooter” and Russian conspiracies, protoputin’s cousins

#40 Hahn on Khododrkovsky, new Detente, learning Russian at the DLI, Baikal photography

#41 Anticorruption protests in Russia, Valery Zatoukha’s novels, the end of Russia Direct (as we know it), not so rebellious youth, summer series results

#42 Rise and fall of the ruble, Navalny’s dark side, Maria Gaidar, VTsIOM press release, worst Stalin drawing ever

#43 Selection and maintenance of the aim, “gray zone” conflict, graphic artist Victoria Lomasko on empathy, Syria, U.S.-Russian relations unhinged, review of A Bitter Harvest

#44 Trump’s America: friend or foe, Russia hysteria, J.T. is interviewed by Street Russian, ALTA emerging translator mentorship program, Russian Federation sitrep, some good advice

#45 NatsBest Shortlist, electrical separation, Russian beyond Russia, should Lenin’s body be laid to rest?, Chechnya, J.T. begins to crack under the pressure of Russisteria

#46 2017 Big Book Longlist, linguistic cargo cult, what’s wrong with American articles about Cold War II, summer school in Nizhny Novgorod, Credit Suisse/inequality in Russia, cryptic comment from the spam filter

#47 MCIS 2017, Bacevich on 24 issues addressed by neither the political elite nor the media, Oliver Stone’s documentary “PUTIN”

#48 TsEPR, low standard of living in Russia, Fargo cuts mention of Putin, Pushkin House Book Prize, Dmitry Medvedev

#49 Problems of Putinism, Sorokin’s Manaraga, origins of “Russiagate”, still no evidence

#50 Gadol’s Director. Instructions for Liberation, young Russians and TV, Zvyagintsev’s Loveless, the curse of Princh Dmitry of Uglich


#51 Popular revolt and the working class, nature photography, modern-day kompromat, WaPo’s big scoop, an interview with Vladimir Pozner, CNN journalists resign over false Russia story, Federation sitrep, time to flee, theme change.

#52 Trump and LNG, DIA’s “Russia Military Power”, Gukovo, bringing back the tsar, Russian-language TV shows, “Sputnik i Pogrom’ blocked.

#53 Putin and Trump at Hamburg, 2017 Russian-to-English translations, that Trump Jr. stuff, the Overton Bubble, J.T. makes some bad jokes and goes without TV for a week.

#54 The making of a Russian Studies course, Lev Kamenev, strategic stability, learning Russian, INF treaty, sketches, most controversial thing I’ve written.

#55 Protesting miners vs. VTsIOM, two books about Russia in English, Intel vets challenge “Russia Hack” evidence, new naval doctrine, sanctions bill against Russia.

#56 I’m behind edition. Women and the State, July Russian Roundup, published life, Military Acceptance Day, Navalny, and much much more.

#57 Nature photography, crowdfunding in Russia, a roadmap for U.S.-Russian relations, 8 theories on Trump and Putin, ‘Tank Tales’.

#58 Translations of Russian women, Sergei Udaltsov, diplomatic reciprocities, Russian navy, Khodorkovsky, visa suspensions, counterpropaganda, comics, and more.

#59 Weekly MOD graphics, marriage, Russian traditionalism, Russia scandal, nature photography, a review of Sir Richard Shirreff’s ‘2017’.

#60 A Slow newsweek. Or perhaps I didn’t care.

#61 2017 Russian Booker Prize longlist, unified textbook, Trump-Russia scandal (again), Zapad-2017, politics and blogging

#62 The final Roundup: America’s Russia blind spot, VTsIOM polls, Russian nuclear forces, Russian Studies Majors, experts without expertise, and more.