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19 September 2018


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Culture

Covering the broader realm of culture, plus humor, food and drink.

Cookbook Contest
Cookbook Contest

So, one thing about publishing is that not all the books come out perfect. So, rather than toss a few "seconds" in the recycle bin, we decided to hold a contest. Winners got free, slightly irregular books. We had fun reading the responses.

Tags: food, contests, A Taste of Russia
The Many Days of September 1
The Many Days of September 1

Did you know September 1 is more than just Labor Day? Read on to find out how Russians celebrate September 1, the Day of Knowledge, the first day of school.

Tags: education, school, russia, holidays
Yuri Vizbor: Soviet Renaissance Man
Yuri Vizbor: Soviet Renaissance Man

Think you know Yuri Vizbor? Think again! Sure, you may have heard his songs, but did you know he was also a teacher? An alpinist? A journalist? A radio operator?

Tags: vizbor, songwriters, ussr, russia, music
This Just in From Ukraine...
This Just in From Ukraine...

Today is the 401st anniversary of the crowning of the first Romanov Tsar, Mikhail, in 1613, and the end of the "Time of Troubles." This of course has nothing to do with current events. Just thought I'd mention it in passing. 

Tags: Crimea, Putin, united states, cold war
In Defense
In Defense

Our definition of a Russophile is not someone who blindly embraces all things Russian as superior, but someone who is innately fascinated by Russia because it is different, because it is interesting, because it is important.

Tags: Russia, journalism, Crimea, Olympics
7 Ways Not to Protest the Occupation of Crimea
7 Ways Not to Protest the Occupation of Crimea

Russia’s occupation cum annexation of Crimea is a tragedy no matter how you slice the salami tactics. One just wants to protest, boycott, DO something. But what? Well, like President Obama and the EU, we’re coming up a bit short on the list of feasible and effective sanctions. But here are a few things we recommend NOT doing.

    Tags: Ukraine, Crimea
    No More Olympics… What Now?
    No More Olympics… What Now?

    The Sochi Olympic Games are now officially over. Suffering withdrawals? Here are five ideas for how to fill up all your viewing time.

    Russian Genealogy
    Russian Genealogy

    A comprehensive listing of resources, online and off, for researching your Russian roots, courtesy of Ginny Audet.

    Tags: genealogy, research
    The Puck Stops Here
    The Puck Stops Here

    There is nothing like a good old Russian ochered (line) to get close to the narod (people) and get some inside info. Standing in line, Russians tend to show solidarity, to open up and loosen their tongues. The perfect environment for a journalist... 

    Tags: Sochi, Olympics
    Because Curling is Not Funny Enough!
    Because Curling is Not Funny Enough! #SochiFunny

    Life without humor is dull. And that is even true when it comes to sports. Here at the Olympics, one cannot be exclusively focused on “ochki, goly, sekundy” (points, goals,seconds). So, time to look at the lighter side of things in Sochi.

    Tags: sports, olympics, medvedev, obama
    Take Plenty of Vitamin D to Sochi
    Take Plenty of Vitamin D to Sochi

    So you, dear readers, think that the Olympics is all about sports? Nay! It is of course all about the souvenirs! And about how a miserly correspondent is supposed to buy them in sufficient quantity for the many friends and family left behind on the "mainland" while he is "roughing it" in Sochi...

    Tags: olympics, sochi, Putin
    What the Bleep is Going on in Sochi?
    What the Bleep is Going on in Sochi?

    Why is it that the Twitter hashtag #sochiproblems has more followers than the Twitter feed for the games? How is it that all we hear from the Western press is negativism, while from the athletes and local observers there are only raves for the fantastic facilities? Why do pictures of double toilets and unfinished hotels continue to flood the inter-tubes? And what idiot gave the order to kill puppies in Sochi?

    Tags: sochi, olympics
    1980 Olympics: Songs and Cartoons
    1980 Olympics: Songs and Cartoons

    With the Winter Olympics set to kick off in Sochi tomorrow, we take a look back at the rich cultural legacy of the last Games Russia hosted.

    Tags: russia, soviet union, 1980, olympics, music, cartoons
    A Baker's Dozen of Translation and Language Resources
    A Baker's Dozen of Invaluable Translation (and Language Learning) Resources

    Whether you are a budding translator of Russian-English texts, are reading Russian literature in the original, or just want to improve your Russian, there are countless resources waiting for you on the internet. Here's our list of the best...

    Tags: russian, language
    7 Russian Dishes for Olympic Viewing
    7 Russian Dishes for Olympic Viewing

    OK, so you are recovering from the Super Bowl and starting to look ahead to next weekend’s opening of the Sochi games. Which of course means a viewing party, which means food, which means Russian food!

    Tags: food, olympics
    7 Myths About Russian Cuisine
    7 Myths About Russian Cuisine

    There are many myths surrounding Russian food. Darra Goldstein, author of the cookbook, A Taste of Russia, addresses seven common ones.

    Tags: cuisine, culture, food, myths
    9 Myths About Travel to Russia
    9 Myths About Travel to Russia

    Is Russia a dangerous, expensive, complicated place to travel to? Is it full of mafia, alcoholics, communists and poverty? Sounds like it's time to debunk some myths about travel to modern Russia.

    Tags: travel, safety, myths
    Why Don't Russians Smile?
    Why Don't Russians Smile?

    It is a common trope that Russians never smile. Which of course is interpreted to mean they are unfriendly, gloomy, sullen – positively Dostoyevskian. This, of course, is a complete misreading of body language and cultural norms.

    Tags: culture, language, communication, humor
    Happy New Year!
    Happy New Year!

    The New Year is Russia’s biggest holiday. But where does it come from – and why does it look so suspiciously like Western Christmas?

    Tags: russia, holiday, holidays, peter the great, communists, bolsheviks, new year's eve
    9 Crazy Things Russian Lawmakers Have Tried to Ban
    9 Crazy Things Russian Lawmakers Have Tried to Ban

    Some Russian legislators have an unwavering faith in the ability of laws to rid society of all its evils. Noise? Bad news? The stench of garlic? The end of the world? No problem - just ban 'em all!

    Tags: russia, laws, humor