November 01, 2023

What matters above all

What matters above all is to celebrate joy for the eyes and the mind. It is much easier to terrorize than to charm.   - Rene Magritte    

When the world seems to be crashing down on us from all sides, it can be hard to fathom that stories about “little people” or non-Earth-shattering events are worth spending time on. As Natalya Antonova says in our article on her newspaper in Karelia, “people get used to the idea that their lives are unremarkable and typical."

But what if it is precisely at times like these that we benefit most from focusing on the small, hidden, seemingly unremarkable stories that surround us? What if, as the writer Thomas Merton mused, we need to “come alive to the splendor all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things”?

Digital Subscription Required

Get unlimited digital access for just $2 a month.

Don't have an account? signup

See Also

Crossing Russia by Boat

Crossing Russia by Boat

Nearly four decades ago, some intrepid adventurers came up with the idea to cross Russia by river. Nora Favorov recounts some of the highlights of their four-month, 14,000 kilometer odyssey.
Russia's Munchausens

Russia's Munchausens

On this, the 300th anniversary of one of literature’s most famous fabulists, we look back at some of Russia’s greatest liars and taletellers.

About Us

Russian Life is a publication of a 30-year-young, award-winning publishing house that creates a bimonthly magazine, books, maps, and other products for Russophiles the world over.

Latest Posts

Our Contacts

Russian Life
73 Main Street, Suite 402
Montpelier VT 05602