Walkin’ Jukebox And Open Thread

(This is a guest post from our very own Chris, cross-posted from Mindless Diversions!) Hello everybody, Chris again. When last we spoke, I was telling you about bus ridin’ and bus readin’, and my crazy money-savin’ schemes (read War and Peace and SAVE!). Today I’m back to tell you about another thing I do when…

Comment Rescue: A Priorism in Libertarianism

In Tod Kelly’s recent “mansplaining” thread, Shazbot posts the following: Yeah, the problem with extremely principled libertarianism is the a priorism of their reasoning. (As sometimes self-ascribed libertarian William Buckley famously charged.) I’ve been reading about this whole issue of a priorism in libertarianism and find it fascinating. I love this paper (editor’s warning:PDF) by Jeffrey…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.) Ah, the denouement. We’ve had some time to catch up, I hope (and if we fell behind schedule, I hope that the book held your interest enough to keep going despite the schedule). Over and over…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.) In 1974, Solzhenitsyn was arrested, deported to West Germany, and had his Soviet citizenship stripped. Apparently, the KGB found a manuscript of his for The Gulag Archipelago. I’m sure that there was some discussion of “what is…

The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

The Russian Human Rights Group Memorial is a group devoted to documenting the excesses of Russia and the USSR’s Soviet past but, sometimes, they make criticisms of current excesses on the part of the modern-day government. NPR is reporting that the Russian Human Rights Group Memorial is under severe scrutiny from the government because Memorial…

The Appearance Of Impropriety

Spotted: @joshtpm @capehartj @ezraklein & other lefty columnists headed into the West Wing as a group. POTUS coffee? Carney meeting? Anyone? — Ari Shapiro (@arishapiro) May 21, 2013   The number one thing that I’m wondering is whether Josh Marshall, Ezra Klein, and Jonathan Capehart will be writing columns that all include a particular phrase…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

“Russia in fact no longer existed – Only the Soviet Union…” (Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, here, and here.) Thanks to Living Colour, we’re all familiar with the phrase “Cult Of Personality“. I found myself wondering at the etymology of the phrase. Well, when it started,…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, and here.) So we decided that we needed a week to breathe and so we’re taking this week as a week to catch up. In the meantime, here’s something I found while digging: it’s “a class project for Russian Literature 227”.…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Whether it be to humans specifically or to the more general category of entities who look up to you as the giver of food, affection, and sewage management, Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mommies out there!

In The First Circle Bookclub!

“When I say peacetime, I mean before Soviet power.” (Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, and here.) One thing that gets mentioned a handful of times is “The Stalin Prize”. The official name for this was “The State Stalin Prize” and it got renamed to the USSR State…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, and here.) Last week, we decided that we needed to take a week off to let everyone catch up to Chapter 48 – The Double Agent (Chapter 43, in the Red Version). In searching for various treatments of The First Circle, I really,…

Paris In A Day Jukebox and Open Thread

I’m pretty fundamentally a “staycation” guy, at heart, but this song makes me want to hop on a plane. My favorite part of the song is the “A thousand stairs up the Pompadou/We were gasping at the view” rhyme. That just makes me smile. Going anywhere this summer? Talk about it here. Or, heck, just…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here and here.) The story of how Solzhenitsyn edited The First Circle from the 96-chapter version (the black version) to the 87-chapter version (the red version) reads like distopian fiction as well. He wrote the book but had to do it in private, secretly. Despite writing it…

420 Weekend Jukebox And Open Thread

It’s theorized that this particular weekend will be bringing in hella tourists to both Colorado and Warshington to celebrate the first “legal” 4/20. The news reports I’m seeing out there for “Colorado 420 tourism” mention “thousands” of people coming here. Which, I suppose, is more interesting than “hundreds”. In any case, I stumbled across a…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(If you haven’t yet, check out our kickoff post here, and our first discussion post here.) If you’re wondering what the Sharashka Marfino looked like, well, there it is. That’s a picture of it. Article 58 is what put the guys in the Sharashka in the first place. Well, most of them. If you’ve never heard…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

From each according to his ability, to each according to what is available. At the beginning of the essay in In The First Circle: A Novel (The Restored Text: The First Uncensored Edition) (henceforth “the black version”), there’s a short discussion about the change between the original censored version (henceforth “the red version”) and how it…

A Man Chooses. A Slave Obeys.

Ima tell you this story before I can tell you the next ‘un. (If you’re impatient, jump ahead to 3:24 on the video.) Way back in 2008, Irrational Games came out with a first-person shooter video game called Bioshock. (If you haven’t played it, and you know that you’re inclined to like first person shooters,…

Israel, Palestine, and Cosmopolitan

One of the issues (NPI*) that has been bothering all of us ever since there were people writing blogs is the problem of how to best solve the problems that Israel and Palestine are having with each other. There are more solutions than writers, if you can believe that! The whole “go back to 1968…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

By now, I’m going to assume you’ve got your copy of The First Circle: A Novel (The Restored Text: The First Uncensored Edition) (or, perhaps, the Kindle edition). Hurray! You’re in for a treat. I’m also going to assume that there are not only folks out there who have the Unexpurgated Version with 96 chapters but…

Solzhenitsyn!

So it seems that we tested the waters and have decided to read The First Circle: A Novel (The Restored Text: The First Uncensored Edition) (get the Kindle edition here). (I’m going to be reading the First Uncensored edition. You should feel free to read the version that they have at your local used shoppe,…