Posts Tagged ‘Pomerantsev’

  1. “It’s just the wasted years so close behind”


    February 1, 2015 by AK

    In one of his bitterest poems, In Front of the Looking Glass, Vladislav Khodasevich wondered how he, once a young dancer at summer balls in Ostankino, near Moscow, had mutated into a critic whose every riposte induces “revulsion, animus and fear” in young émigré poets. Or perhaps “spite” or “malice” for the second term and “loathing” for …
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  2. Recommended reading on the new agitprop


    December 2, 2014 by AK

    [PDF] The Menace of Unreality: How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money by Peter Pomerantsev and Michael Weiss. It started with Pomerantsev’s piece in The Atlantic, I think. His LRB diary is also great.

  3. Better stories


    September 12, 2014 by AK

    Peter Pomerantsev’s latest in The Atlantic is a great read. The author, a UK TV producer, knows what he’s talking about: he used to sell British TV shows to Russian channels, which rely heavily on these imports. I’ll limit myself to just two excerpts. During one Russian news broadcast, a woman related how Ukrainian nationalists …
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  4. Postmodernism, of a kind, in Crimea


    March 2, 2014 by AK

    Consider the following: Sergei Aksyonov (Aksenov), a shady guy with a criminal background and the leader of a party with 4% of the vote in the latest regional election, was appointed “prime minister” of Crimea on Feb. 27. That day, a small group of paramilitaries in a generic uniform seized the Crimean parliament. They never introduced …
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