Lakhta Center on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg under construction from the window of a passing elektrichka commuter train (2018)

Politics & Culture

Ed Rubin’s Useful Links – “useful and/or interesting links for research/productivity/fun” and the inspiration for this website

The Calvert Journal – explore post-Soviet culture through music, art, literature, photography, and architecture

Bear Market Brief –list-serv for your daily dose of Russian politics

Riddle Russia


The Bell – more Russian news/politics delivered to your inbox

The Moscow Times’ Michelle Berdy Exploring the Russian Language – the ins-and-outs of Russian speech

The Village (in Russian) – what is going on in your favorite Russian city? today? tomorrow? this weekend?

Soviet Jokes Collected and De-Classified by the CIA – government-endorsed laughs

SF Eater – where to eat in SF-Bay Area-Berkeley-Oakland

Imperfect Produce – reduced price veggies

The Graphic Arts Loan Collection at the Morrison Library – rent artwork at Berkeley

“Tips for talking about your work with people you run into in the hallway at conferences” – how to share your work with others by Hakeem Jefferson

Current Reads

Cable News for Young People: TikTok Politics

Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took on the West by Catherine Belton (2020) (Review) (Review) (Review)

“Russian Internet Memes: The Short Course” by Eliot Borenstein, NYU Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies (2020) – Intro on the NYU Jordan Center YouTube Channel

Russia Z: Celebrating the voice and vision of a new creative generation

Пранк – Портрет Путина в Лифте – Жители подъезда в шоке – video

Between Two Fires by Joshua Yaffa Review – How Putin Rules Russia

Congratulations, You’re an Elected Russian Opposition Official! Now What?

Genya Turovskaya’s “The Breathing Body Of This Thought”

How Mikhail Mishustin Rose to the Top: Old Ties, Savvy and a Knack for Systems

Russia’s Role in Producing the Taxman of the Future

The Full Chernobyl Thread from Slava Malamud on Twitter (2019)

Three Ukrainian Reformers Pay an Unexpected Price for Their Success (On the Ups and Downs of Ukrainian Politics), July 2019

If God Is Dead, Your Time Is Everything (A Review of Martin Hägglund) New Yorker, May 2019

Conspiratorial Realism: On Vladimir Sorokin, Victor Pelevin, and Russia’s Post-Postmodern Turn (by Maya Vinokour) LA Review of Books, April 2019

Khlebnikov, Tatlin, and the Utopian Geopoetics of the Russian Avant-Garde by Harsha Ram (17 January 2019)

Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s Dau has become one of the world’s most eagerly awaited and controversial film projects. Now the maverick director’s “experiment” has finally been unveiled in Paris, it’s time to ask: was it worth the trouble? from The Calvert Journal

Russian Youth: How Are They Different from Other Russians? by Maria Lipman & Denis Volkov (18 January 2019)

Фильм Андрея Лошака “Возраст несогласия” (все серии) LiveJournal

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Review

European Party System Positioning data visualization from The Economist [December 1, 2018] with Chapel Hill Expert Survey data

The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution by Yuri Slezkine (2017) Review

The Cold War, Post-Cold War, and the Academy: An Oral History of Russian and Eurasian Studies on the Harriman Institute and multiple generations of Russian and Soviet historians and political scientists

Back To The Soviet Future collects the sci-fi covers of Soviet engineering magazine Technika Molodezhi

How Democracy Died in Hungary from Zack Beauchamp at Vox paints a vivid picture of a stark political reality

“What Identity Demands” in The New Yorker (September, 2018) problematizing Francis Fukuyama’s “thymos”

The European University at St. Petersburg is back in the pages of the New York Times “even after President Vladimir V. Putin signed three resolutions ordering officials to support the school” i.e. a wayward case study of ‘bureaucratic-authoritarianism’

Russia’s online prodigy female rapper Monetochka navigates post-post-modernism and issues a manifesto of metamodernism

Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin’s Moscow by Michael Idov

A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen

Music & Lyrics

NPR Tiny Desk – discover new live music or listen to your favorite artists navigate the acoustic world! - Mumu Fresh Feat. Black Thought - Saba - Tom Misch - Common - Noname - Gallant - Goldlink - Lianne LaHavas - Chick Corea and Gary Burton - Gary Burton and Julian Lage - Stephane Grapelli - Goat Rodeo Sessions - Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (2015) - Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (2018) - Chance the Rapper - Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals - Mac Miller - Leon Bridges - Punch Brothers - Alicia Keys - Roy Hargrove Quintet - Fakear - FKJ (2014) - FKJ (2019) - Bon Iver - Rhye - Jorja Smith - Elder Island - Lizzo - Hadestown - Nicki Nicole

BBC Radio 1Xtra – the UK is where radio is still alive and thrives

COLORS – “a unique aesthetic music platform showcasing exceptional talent from all around the globe, focused on promoting the most distinctive new artists” - James Vickery - Dennis Lloyd - Angèle - Parcels - Masego (2017) - Masego (2019) - Sampa the Great - Snoh Aalegra - Mahalia - Jaz Karis - James Vickery - Parcels - Angèle - Angèle feat. Roméo Elvis - Maggie Rogers - Vulfpeck - Luedji Luna

Music & Literature – formally post-modern scholarship on the intersections between music and literature

PennSound – find your favorite or an obscure poet read and discuss their work

Jacket2 – keep the pulse on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics

George Lakoff’s Blog – George Lakoff on cognitive science, linguistics, and the “moral politics” of the day

Lazarus Text Mixing Desk – paste in your text and let modernism do the rest