January/February 2019

Features in this Issue

Grampa Krylov

Russia’s best known poet was born 250 years ago, and his last name was not Pushkin.

The Popular Assembly

Krylov on democracy and how leaders are chosen: "However just the rules and laws, in unjust hands or beaks or paws they can be bent to serve the goal of leaders loath to lose control."

On Translating Krylov

Our translator of Krylov's difficult fables shares how she approaches translation of this most colloquial of poets.

The Wolf in the Kennel

Krylov on how one negotiates with wolves. Hint: one doesn't. "Of wolves I’ve learned a thing or two. With them there’s only one sure truce."

The Visitation

In 1947, on the 17th day of February, one of the largest meteorites to strike the Earth in the twentieth century fell in the Russian Far East. Its landing site was a perfect spot from which to watch the Geminid meteor showers.

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