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A Week In Washington, D.C., On $26.94 Per Hour

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today, an analyst working in government who makes $26.94 per hour and spends some of her money this week on a shot of vodka.Occupation: AnalystIndustry: GovernmentAge: 29Location: Washington, D.C.Income: $26.94/hour ($56,233 per year.)Paycheck Amount (Biweek...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Fashion, Music, Washington, Italy, DuPont, South Pacific, Richard III, Latin America, Vanuatu, Tonga, Joe, Valentine, Metro, Soviet Union


Sight and Sound and Fury: Paul Fonoroff's Powerful 'Chinese Movie Magazines'

None In the introduction to Chinese Movie Magazines: From Charlie Chaplin to Chairman Mao, 1921-1951 Paul Fonoroff describes how he started to collect old film magazines while on a research grant in Beijing at a time after the Cultural Revolution, when old magazines started popping up at second-hand shops and stalls. What he has uncovered is not just a collection of rare ephemera from the world of Chinese movie fandom, but a history of the Chinese film industry, film market, and the post-Imperi...
Tags: Hong Kong, Music, Hollywood, Media, Review, Film, China, Book Review, Beijing, Shanghai, Charlie Chaplin, Soviet Union, People s Republic of China, Zhou Enlai, Wang Ying, Chinese film industry


How a group of guys from Moscow became an internationally renowned Chicago tribute band

Leonid Vorobyev says he loved the music of Chicago since the first time he heard the band as a teenager in Russia more than 40 years ago. A choir conductor by training, he’d also played in a handful of casual rock bands and spent 25 years as a recording studio sound engineer, too. So four years ago when Vorobyev approached 60, the age of retirement in Russia, he decided to celebrate by bringing together all the art and craft he’d worked so hard to master and make the best cover of a Chicago song...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Music, Youtube, Russia, New York City, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, United States, Moscow, Siberia, Coachella, Soviet Union


These Movies That Will Remind You What It Truly Means To Be Cold

Photo: Courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution; Illustrated by Mallory Heyer. The Weeknd can't feel his face. You can't feel your face, your toes, or your fingers, and you're fairly certain that your ears now resemble two frozen Jimmy Dean sausage patties. Welcome to winter, everyone!Unless you're off to Gstaad for a spot of skiing with Mitzi and Lance, there's really only way to get through the sub-zero temps and slippery surfaces: a good old-fashioned movie night, served up with a ro...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Music, New York, Hollywood, London, Jennifer Lawrence, Jack Nicholson, North Korea, France, Russia, New York City, America, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Alaska


'Vita Nostra' Is a Tantalizing Fantasy That Forces Us to Question Our Own Humanity

Julia Meitov Hersey, translator of Vita Nostra, describes her effort as a work of love, undertaken so that other English language readers will be able to enjoy the delights the Russian-language book first brought her. The book has been described as an "anti-Harry Potter novel", and insofar as it offers a darker, more mysterious and philosophical version of the 'magical recruit' trope, this is true. But it's far and away a very different beast from J. K. Rowling's celebrated series.The story foll...
Tags: Music, Review, Fiction, Fantasy, Book Review, Harry Potter, Fairy Tale, Soviet Union, Rowling, Sasha, Sergey, Science-Fiction, Harper Voyager, Vita Nostra, Marina dyachenko, Sergey dyachenko


'Every time we play is a victory': police crackdown on live music in Russia – video

‘It’s almost like during the Soviet Union, when bands used to have their gigs in secret’ - these are the words of one half of experimental electronic duo Ic3peak. The group has been caught up in a crackdown on popular music acts across provincial Russia. So much so that Ic3peak have had six of their shows shut down in the last month. The provocative imagery in their videos may be what has spooked local officials Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Russia, World news, Soviet Union


George H. W. Bush, The 41st President, Has Died

George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and patriarch of a political dynasty, died Friday night in his Houston home. He was 94.The news of his death comes roughly seven months after the passing of his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, in April. Bush’s health had been in decline due to Parkinson’s disease, which The New York Times reports had him hospitalized several times in recent years.Bush served as president from 1989 to 1993, capping off a career in politics and publ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Texas, Navy, White House, Iraq, United States, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Middle East, Npr, Houston, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Saddam Hussein, Republican National Committee


Carl Sagan on why he liked smoking marijuana

Carl Sagan was a life long marijuana user and closeted advocate of legalization.He once wrote an anonymous essay on the effects it had on his life and why he felt it should be legalized.His insights will be vital as many societies begin to legalize marijuana.The patron saint of nerds everywhere, Carl Sagan was an awesome human being. He wrote and hosted , helped select the playlist of the Voyager Golden Records, had a distinguished academic career, and inspired both Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse T...
Tags: Psychology, Music, Marijuana, Memory, Innovation, Consciousness, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Senses, Bill Nye, Carl Sagan, Narcotics, Self, Soviet Union, Lenny Bruce, Science And Art, Sagan


Free pack of sounds from the Polish Radio Experimental Studio

Think of it as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop of the east: the Polish Radio Experimental Studio produced unparalleled electronic sounds and inventions for decades. Recognition of those accomplishments is growing – and now Ableton are collaborating to produce a free pack of sounds and tell the PRES story. Vital stats on this project: Who’s behind this: Poland’s national cultural institution Instytut Adama Mickiewicza (IAM) commissioned the library from Ableton and contributors. Where do the sound...
Tags: Music, Free, Experimental, Tech, History, Sounds, Freebies, Software, Poland, Eastern Europe, Ableton, Experimental-music, Ableton-live, Music Tech, 80s, Sound-design


Seth Greenland's Playlist for His Novel "The Hazards of Good Fortune"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Seth Greenland's novel The Hazards of Good Fortune is a funny and thought-provoking pageturner. Kirkus wrote of the book: "Greenland takes a Dickensian delight in letting the plot...
Tags: Music, New York, Obama, Jay Z, Iraq, New York City, David, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Billy Joel, Nba, Metallica, Grimes, Greenland, Aviva, Jay


Iconoclasm.

"Trump’s Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Destroyed With Pickaxe" (Daily Beast)."Multiple people—including police—tell me a man walked up with a guitar case and pulled out the pick axe. Then, it’s believed, he called police himself to report it, but left the scene before they got here. Now, he’s nowhere to be found."Guitar case, eh? Reminds me of gentler times, when Woody Guthrie had a sign on his guitar, "This Machine Kills Fascists." No, it wasn't really gentler times! It was 1941, and Woody was...
Tags: Music, Protest, Law, Wikipedia, Russia, India, Religion, US, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, History, Egypt, Taliban, Signs, United Kingdom, Moscow


For Gennady Rozhdestvensky

The formidable Russian conductor has died at the age of eighty-seven. One of his great moments was leading the world première of Alfred Schnittke's First Symphony in 1974 — a venture that would have been daring in any context, but was particularly courageous in Brezhnev's Soviet Union. His Soviet-era recording of the Shostakovich Fourth, embedded above, remains incomparable; listen to the strings at 14:35. [Author: Alex Ross]
Tags: Music, Alex Ross, Soviet Union, Brezhnev, Alfred Schnittke, Gennady Rozhdestvensky


Wonder Woman 2 Will Be Set In 1984 — The Year Everything Happened

Big Brother, Stranger Things 2, and now Diana: for the upcoming Wonder Woman 2, it looks like our favorite Amazon is headed to 1984.DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns took to social media Friday to release a cryptic promo image for the sequel: the letters “WW84” set on a black background, treated to ominously look like a very broken computer monitor glowing in red and blue. Wonder Woman (and Wonder Woman 2) director Patty Jenkins updated her Twitter banner with the same photo.The photo defi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Fashion, Music, New York, America, Los Angeles, United States, George Orwell, Ronald Reagan, Diana, Kristen Wiig, Soviet Union, Gal Gadot, Jenkins, Johns


We Knew This Could Happen: Six Films That Depict Nuclear War

I was two years old when the Berlin Wall came down and four when the Soviet Union dissolved. For most of my life, the idea of a nuclear war was a science fiction trope and the Cold War, for me, carried no more weight than the Battle of Gettysburg. I learned all about it and knew close we came to destroying each other, but it didn’t really register emotionally for me. But today, I catch myself wondering if this I’m feeling the same way other people felt when they read the news during the Cold War...
Tags: Europe, Music, UK, England, Hollywood, London, Film, Abc, Germany, Berlin Wall, Russia, Defense, America, San Francisco, Gorbachev, Cold War


Book Notes - Wendell Steavenson "Paris Metro"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Wendell Steavenson's novel Paris Metro is a striking debut that deftly explores both the personal and political. Kirkus wrote of the book: "A very fine novel. . . . Deeply informe...
Tags: Music, Jay Z, Iraq, Israel, Syria, David, Egypt, Paris, Middle East, James Blunt, Eminem, Billy Joel, Army, Moscow, Carly Simon, Elvis Costello


Polivoks gets a $500 post-Soviet sibling, realizing a dream from 1990

The original creators of the legendary Soviet Polivoks synthesizer are back with an edition that’s small and affordable – completing an idea they had in 1990. It’s again a collaboration of two generations. As with the ultra-limited run Polivoks reissue, Russian engineers Alexey Taber and Alex Pleninge team up with original Polivoks creator Vladimir Kuzmin and the woman who evidently conceptualized that original design, Olympiada Kuzmina. The first Polivoks was an artefact of the last years of...
Tags: Music, Hardware, Russia, Berlin, Tech, Previews, Stories, Moscow, Awesomeness, Synths, Music Tech, Soviet Union, LFO, Elta, Polivoks, Vladimir Kuzmin


100 Years Ago, Revolutionaries Overthrew a Corrupt, Repressive Monarchy

With the first anniversary of the TV reality show host's presidency upon us, the prospect of socialist revolution, even the very idea of overturning the rule of capital, seems more chimerical than at any time in recent memory. Trump and his plutocratic party are accelerating the transformation of the United States into an oligarchy while further shredding the already threadbare social safety net established under the New Deal. The tide of right-wing reaction isn't engulfing only the U...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Music, Congress, Germany, Russia, US, History, Hungary, United States, Marxism, Italy, Bulgaria, Siberia, Stalin, Trump


Fallen Nations, Eclipsed Colonies, and Other 'Nowherelands'

The unmistakable impression (undoubtedly intentional) that Nowherelands leaves the reader is that of a scrapbook, piecing together the remnants of its "vanished countries". In stamps and historical scraps of information, Bjorn Berge leads readers on a charming survey of fallen nations and eclipsed colonies. Documenting the often but not always brief histories of since vanished nations between 1840 and 1975, Nowherelands rests most distinctively on the author's stamp ...
Tags: Music, India, Spain, Catalonia, History, Atlas, South Sudan, Edgar Degas, Geography, Soviet Union, Tripoli, Labuan, Batum, Bhopal, Hejaz, Philately


Secrets, Convergence, and the Sacred: DC's 'Doomsday Clock #1'

In the colorful history of comics there are only a handful of sacred concepts that can never be sullied. They can be refined, reimagined, or expanded, but to twist them is akin to poking the Hulk in the eye. It's just a reckless invitation for outrage and anguish. Whether it's Superman's virtue, Batman's gadgets, or Deadpool's love of tacos, these ideas have a special place in comics lore that may as well be carved in adamantium. In the annuls of the DC mythos, few stories are...
Tags: Comics, Music, Alan Moore, Superman, Dc Comics, Batman, Dc, Frank, Soviet Union, Johns, Doomsday Clock, Geoff Johns, Rorschach, Watchmen, Dc Rebirth, Gary Frank


Irina Lakicevic's Stylish Guide To Tbilisi

For my first time in Georgia (for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tbilisi), I was quite unsure what to expect. But Tbilisi proved to be a great place, which, alongside a sublime hotel stay, offered a thrilling trip into a culture that has been equally influenced by the East as it has by the West.Hipster spots, great interiors and architecture — not to mention fantastic music — all mean that Tbilisi’s title of "the new Berlin" is really well deserved. Food is budget-friendly, bakeries are on every co...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Berlin, Georgia, Copenhagen, Tbilisi, Old Town, Soho House, Christian Louboutin, Soviet Union, East, KGB, Rick Owens, Cardi, Balenciaga, Irina


Mikael Tariverdiev: Olga Sergeevn Original Television Score

Like the rest of my unworldly brethren, I only became acquainted with the works of the Soviet composer Mikael Tariverdiev when Stephen Coates of Real Tuesday Weld brought them to our attention. Tariverdiev's film music was a delicate mix of classical and jazz but didn't feel like it was heavily entrenched in either camp. The double album Olga Sergeevna turns our attention to just one of the TV film series that he scored. Like the Film Music collection, we are treated...
Tags: Music, America, Classical, Tariverdiev, Soviet Union, Weld, Stephen Coates, Mikael Tariverdiev, Bolshoi Theater, Film Music, Tv music, Olga Sergeevn, Olga Sergeevna, Tatiana Doronina, Aleksandr Proshkin Mikael Tariverdiev, Proshkin


Soundtrack Review: Tuntematon Sotilas

Tuntematon Sotilas Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Tuntematon Sotilas by Lasse Enersen. Buy the score here (if available) At a glance: Geek Score: 90 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 30.9 Album Excellence: 55.1% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? Tuntematon Sotilas AKA The Unknown Soldier is a 2017 Finnish-language war drama film directed by Aku Louhimies and starring Samuel Vauramo, Marketta Tikkanen & Eero Aho. The film is based on a bestse...
Tags: Music, Drama, Los Angeles, Finland, Zimmer, 2017, Film Scores, 10s, Soviet Union, Universal Music, Heitor Pereira, Lotta, Kyla, Lasse Enersen, Tuntematon Sotilas, Tuntematon Sotilas Soundtrack Review


Sci-fi Cowboys in 'Escape from New York' and 'Escape from L.A.'

In 1981, three years after the success of his 1978 horror masterpiece, Halloween , director John Carpenter released the cult classic Escape from New York . "I wrote the screenplay and no studio wanted to make it," Carpenter once said. "It was too violent, too scary, too weird." Carpenter's script, originally co-written in 1976 with Nick Castle, who portrayed Michael Myers in the original Halloween , was inspired by the events of the Watergate scandal. "The...
Tags: Music, New York, South Park, California, Washington, Adventure, New York City, Sci-fi, US, America, Reagan, Action, United States, George Orwell, Manhattan, Steve Buscemi


Gord Downie, Hockey, and the Tragically Hip

Gord Downie, the powerful, enigmatic and wonderfully quirky Canadian singer-songwriter died this week at the age of 53. It wasn’t a surprise. He chose to make his brain cancer diagnosis public in May 2016. That summer, he underwent an emotional and exhausting tour with his band The Tragically Hip. The finale in Kingston, Ontario was described by the New York Times as “an unparalleled moment of national pride laced with sorrow.” The @MapleLeafs honored late Canadian music icon Gord Downie. https...
Tags: Music, Boston, Atlanta, Sport, Canada, United States, New York Times, The Times, Moscow, Detroit Red Wings, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Michael Stipe, Dan Snyder, Scotiabank


Soundtrack Review: Bitter Harvest

Bitter Harvest Soundtrack review: This is a review of the film score Bitter Harvest by Benjamin Wallfisch. Buy the score here (if available) At a glance: Geek Score: 100 Total Minutes Of Excellence: 65.8 Album Excellence: 100% How are the scores calculated and what does it mean? Bitter Harvest is a 2017 Canadian romantic war drama film directed by George Mendeluk and starring Max Irons, Samantha Barks & Terence Stamp. Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th Ce...
Tags: Music, Drama, Ukraine, Joseph Stalin, 2017, Stalin, Kiev, Film Scores, 10s, Varese Sarabande, Phoenix, Orphans, Soviet Union, Ivan, Rusalka, Yuri


Marvel's New Warriors Just Cast A This Is Us Actress As Squirrel Girl

If you don't know Milana Vayntrub's name just yet, you may know her as the helpful AT&T salesperson in about a million commercials. You may also know her as Sloane, the playwright who totally should have been Kevin's (Justin Hartley) endgame romance on season 1 of This Is Us. Now, thanks to the actress' upcoming role, you'll likely know her as something else: a superheroine. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vayntrub has just been cast as Squirrel Girl in Freeform's upcoming series Marvel's ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Hbo, Hollywood, Greece, Syria, Netflix, Miami, Silicon Valley, Avengers, Adweek, Kuwtk, Soviet Union, Kevin, Sloane, Doreen Green


Why The True Love Story In GLOW Isn't What You Think

Warning: This story contains spoilers for the first season of GLOW. I am not a wrestler, so please don't beat me up.There are a lot of great things about GLOW,Netflix's new ensemble comedy about a group of women starring in a 1980s wrestling show : the big perms, neon spandex, and Marc Maron's mustache are all good examples. But perhaps the best thing GLOW has going for it is, at its core, a love story — about two female friends.In the very first episode, Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), aspiring act...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Netflix, United States, Ruth, Soviet Union, Debbie, Liberty Bell, Marc Maron, Alison Brie, Debbie Egan Betty Gilpin, Debbie Photo


All The New Backstories We Learned In OITNB Season 5

Lost ins't the only show that loves a good thematically-appropriate character flashback. Although the cult favorite ABC series originated modern TV's obsessions with peeking into a single character's past throughout a single episode, Orange Is The New Black raised the bar on the technique. Since the beginning of the Netflix series, we've gotten eye-opening looks at the pre-Litchfield Penitentiary lives of our favorite and least favorite prison denizens.That much-appreciated OITNB trope has cont...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Abc, Russia, Watson, Ussr, Mia, Alex, Litchfield, Oitnb, Piper, Soviet Union, Jim, Driscoll, Abdullah, Farah


Hear Aerobic Exercise: When Soviet Musicians Recorded Electronic Music for a Subversive Home Fitness Record (1984)

Last year, Josh Baines at dance music site Thump revisited the 2004 video for “Call on Me,” a dancefloor anthem built around a highly recognizable loop from Steve Winwood’s 1987 hit, “Valerie.” Drawing on the song’s inherent nostalgia factor, the video—which Baines calls, without exaggeration, “the sexiest video of all time”—stages a ridiculously lewd, sweaty aerobics class, recalling the close association during the 1980s fitness craze between sexy aerobics videos and dance music, in ad...
Tags: Google, Europe, Music, College, Russia, Mtv, Italy, Tony Blair, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Travolta, Matthew, Soviet Union, Facebook Twitter, Matthews, Josh Jones, Baines


This May Be The Most Unexpected "Hot" Tourist Destination, Ever

Horror movie buffs and anyone looking for a more macabre getaway have a new destination for their bucket lists. Travel + Leisure reports that of all the places in the world, Chernobyl has become a major destination for anyone looking to experience a one-of-a-kind getaway.No, Chernobyl isn't a new escape room attraction or something at a Banksy-designed theme park. Tourists are actually booking tours to the site of the 1989 nuclear reactor explosion. Billing itself as the epicenter for "dark tou...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Ukraine, Ussr, Banksy, Chernobyl, Kiev, Soviet Union, Travel Leisure, OG Chernobyl, Prypyat, EuropeChrissy Teigen



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