Rosa is my grandmother on my mother’s side. She was born in 1919 in modern-day central Ukraine in Ryzhanovka, a shtetl about 120 miles south of Kiev. She had three older brothers and a twin sister — although the sister died of pneumonia or some other such sickness before she…
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War and PublishingListen now (84 min) | In this episode of The Russians Evgenia and I chat with Felix Sandalov, editor-in-chief of Individuum, an indie Russian publisher…
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Old pogroms and current eventsListen now (77 min) | In this episode of The Russians, Evgenia and I talk about the recent work I’ve done on recovering my Ukrainian family’s lost…
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Evgenia got me into reading Vladimir Nabokov’s memoir — Speak, Memory. And the day after I wrote about my grandmother Rosa and her lost history of…
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Crimes of the Future (preview)Listen now (8 min) | Evgenia and I sit down for a late night talk about David Cronenberg’s newest film: Crimes of the Future. A couple of notes. 1. We…
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Crimes of the FutureListen now (59 min) | Evgenia and I sit down for a late night talk about David Cronenberg’s newest film: Crimes of the Future. Warning: we throw around…
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I thought I’d repost something that I wrote eight years ago about my trip to an NRA convention and my search of the elusive “smart gun” — newfangled…
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A couple of White RussiansListen now | In this episode of The Russians, Evgenia and I talk about a couple of White Russians that Vladimir Putin respects and talks about publicly…
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Yasha Levine