Posts Tagged ‘Masha Gessen’

  1. Labors too modest for a knock on the head


    November 5, 2017 by AK

    I didn’t expect to ever agree with Masha Gessen again on anything but her conclusions in this piece make sense to me. She asks, among other questions: Is there any reason, at this point, to think that a tiny drop in the sea of Facebook ads changed any American votes? Her answer is “No.” To be …
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  2. Mother tongue and ancestral language in Belarus


    November 4, 2015 by AK

    Masha Gessen wrote in The New Yorker three weeks ago: A Belarusian-language literature has been developing, and Alexievich has expressed regret that she cannot write in the language of her country. At present, the language of Belarus appears to be Russian. Belarusian was spoken by the (mostly peasant) ancestors of most of the country’s residents, …
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  3. Broken promises?


    April 9, 2015 by AK

    In Slate, Masha Gessen writes about the death of Ibragim Todashev, a presumed associate of the elder Tsarnaev, who was shot by an FBI agent during an interrogation. But central to Gessen’s piece is another story, that of a middle-aged Russian woman who married an American man, followed him to the US, divorced him six months later …
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  4. “He was ‘us’.”


    January 12, 2015 by AK

    I have recently posted notes on prof. Borenstein’s piece, helpful as far as Russia is concerned but not much relevant to the Tsarnaev case. Now, moving on to Masha Gessen writing in The New Yorker: While Tsarnaev may look white, he grew up Muslim in Boston—his family immigrated to the U.S. in 2002. Before that, …
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  5. “The insidious power of framing”


    October 30, 2014 by AK

    The Russian government has found a pretext to cancel FLEX, an exchange program that let Russian teenagers spend several months with American host families and go to a local school. Masha Gessen comments on the deceptive framing of the story by Russian media: But such is the insidious power of framing: whoever tells the story …
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