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This 103-year-old philosopher's to-do list will get you through self-isolation

Like everybody else, Romanian philosopher Mihai Sora is stuck inside. He is keeping busy for a 103-year-old man, and keeping the world up to date on his indoor adventures with Facebook. His to-do list is impressive, but not so impressive it can't be used by most people. The social isolation necessitated by COVID-19 is difficult for a lot of people. Between being mostly stuck inside, having reduced contact with other people, and the creeping boredom that comes after you've done everything on your...
Tags: Facebook, Parenting, Youtube, France, Life, Nazis, Nasa, Virus, Nature, Innovation, Romania, Philosophy, Goal-setting, Pierre Boulez, Bob Ross, Calvert Journal


Geta Bratescu, Who Braved The Ceausescu Regime To Make Art With Humor, Has Died At 92

Bratescu remained unknown outside Romania until she was in her 80s, but then had major solo shows and represented her country at the Venice Biennale in 2017. “‘A project gets created at the work desk, not in the head,’ she told the online arts magazine The Calvert Journal last year in a typically sparse comment. ‘Art is form.'”
Tags: Art, People, Romania, Venice Biennale, Calvert Journal, Bratescu, 09.28.18


Monument to Cyrillic Alphabet in Antarctica.

J. B. S. Haldane said that “the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose”; further proof, if needed, is provided by Katie Davies at the Calvert Journal: Bulgarian scientists have erected a new national monument to the Cyrillic alphabet on a remote island in Antarctica. The joint Bulgarian-Mongolian project on Livingston Island — close to Bulgaria’s Antarctic base — was unveiled to mark Bulgaria’s Independence Day on 3 March. Standing at 2.5 metres tall, the s...
Tags: Uncategorized, Linguistics, Antarctica, Bulgaria, Antarctic, Sofia, Haldane, Calvert Journal, National Museum of History, Livingston Island, Katie Davies, Varna Pliska Preslav Veliko Tarnovo Sofia, Ivan Rilski


"Best Books of 2017" Lists Update - December 21st

For the tenth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating regularly. Please feel free to e-mail me or or contact me on Facebook or Twitter with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online media list I have missed. See also: Largehearted Boy's List of Essential and Interesting 2017 Year-End Music Lists. Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support the we...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, Music, David, Brooklyn, Paris, Usa Today, Alex, Elissa, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Electric Literature, San Francisco Chronicle, J D Greear, Juliana, East Hampton Star, Michael Roberts


"Best Books of 2017" Lists Update - December 18th

For the tenth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating regularly. Please feel free to e-mail me or or contact me on Facebook or Twitter with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online media list I have missed. See also: Largehearted Boy's List of Essential and Interesting 2017 Year-End Music Lists. Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support the we...
Tags: Facebook, Music, David, Anna, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Electric Literature, Calvert Journal, Singapore Straits Times, Al Fanar, Chiara Schreave, Kitaab World, Laura Noakes, Peter D Hughes


10 of the best things to do in St Petersburg

It is 100 years since the Russian Revolution started in St Petersburg. These tips from The Calvert Journal’s new app explore the city’s fascinating history as well as its contemporary youth cultureFounded in 1754 by Catherine the Great, the Hermitage is one of the world’s oldest museums and has the largest collection of paintings in the world, as well as classical antiquities and decorative art. It came screaming into the 21st century when the new contemporary art wing, in the beautifully arched...
Tags: Travel, France, US, Britain, Heritage, City Breaks, Top 10s, Cultural Trips, Catherine, St Petersburg, Europe Holidays, Russia Holidays, Calvert Journal, Hermitage, Dvortsovaya Square, St Petersburg holidays


Shorties (An Interview with Kate Zambreno, Stream Ryan Adams' New Album, and more)

BLARB interviewed author Kate Zambreno. NPR Music is streaming Ryan Adams' new album Prisoner. The history of dream pop. The Calvert Journal recommended recently published Balkan novels. The Quietus interviewed Teri Gender Bender of Crystal Fairy. The Guardian interviewed author Jonathan Lethem. Stream three new Brian Jonestown Massacre songs. The New Yorker shared love stories from its archive. Stream a new Gold Connections song. recommended books as antidotes to al...
Tags: Music, Washington, Chicago, David, Guardian, Lincoln, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Ryan Adams, Trump, Kevin Wilson, Electric Literature, Newsweek, George Saunders, John Darnielle, Brian Jonestown Massacre


Kim Kardashian and the fashionistas: drop the hammer and sickle

People should not wear communist symbols without real understanding of their history, argues Anastasiia Fedorova for the Calvert Journal The hammer and sickle have made a stellar return to the fashion world in the form of a voluminous red hoodie, adorned with the Soviet symbol and worn by Kim Kardashian. Setting aside the irony that two weeks earlier her husband had cosied up to the US president-elect, Donald Trump – one of the world’s most staunch capitalists whose relationship with Russia has ...
Tags: Fashion, Kim Kardashian, Russia, US, Life and style, World news, Kardashian, Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian West, Calvert Journal


A day at the Miss Dairymaid contest in Belarus - in pictures

At an annual contest showcasing local workers, photographer Siarhiej Lieskiec found Soviet traditions celebrated with a modern twist. The Calvert Journal reports Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, World news, Milk, Belarus, Calvert Journal


I walked 2,000km to trace my grandfather's escape from a Russian gulag

Polish photographer Michal Iwanowski tells The Calvert Journal about following in the footsteps of a treacherous jailbreak during world war twoMy grandfather and his brother survived one harsh winter in a Soviet prisoner camp during the second world war before they made a daring escape to the relative safety of Poland.It was a treacherous 2,200km journey which saw them separated from their friends during a military ambush, shot at and chased, and took more than three months to complete as they h...
Tags: Europe, Photography, Russia, World news, Culture, Art and design, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Calvert Journal, Michal Iwanowski


Looking for Lenin: Ukraine banned the statues - but where did they go?

Photographer Niels Ackermann has been looking for the monuments hidden away under new decommunisation laws. The Calvert Journal follows the hunt Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Photography, World news, Ukraine, Culture, Art and design, Vladimir Lenin, Lenin, Calvert Journal, Niels Ackermann


The fight to preserve Dagestan's ancient tightrope tradition – in pictures

In this remote Russian republic a peculiar piece of local heritage is in danger of being forgotten as state support dwindles. The Calvert Journal reports Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Russia, Sport, World news, Culture, Dagestan, Calvert Journal


Black in the USSR: what's life like for a 'Russian of colour'?

New exhibition examines legacy of Soviet Cold War scheme offering Africans free study – and the children they left behind. The Calvert Journal reports“When people ask me about my background it becomes a long explanation,” says photographer Liz Johnson Artur. “I usually start by explaining how my mum is Russian, my dad is Ghanaian and I was born in Bulgaria...”Johnson Artur is one of a small population of “Russians of colour” born to Russian mothers and African or Caribbean fathers who were offer...
Tags: Europe, Russia, World news, Race issues, Bulgaria, Ussr, Caribbean, Soviet Union, Calvert Journal, Liz Johnson Artur, Johnson Artur


Brutal Bolshoi: inside the troubled world of Russia’s legendary ballet

Film lifts the curtain on infighting at the institution after an acid attack on its artistic director. The Calvert Journal reportsWhat do the Bolshoi and the Kalashnikov have in common? According to a new documentary exploring the aftermath of an acid attack at the legendary ballet company in 2013, they are the two brands that define modern Russia.The film, released in the UK on 8 January, was shot during a time of much soul-searching at the institution and examines what the assault on its artis...
Tags: Europe, UK, Vladimir Putin, Film, Russia, World news, Dance, Culture, Stage, Ballet, Dmitry Medvedev, Bolshoi, Sergei Filin, Calvert Journal


Outside in: how foreign photographers see the post-Soviet world

Russia maybe be under perennial scrutiny but it is a challenge to find photography that provides fresh perspective of the country, or its post-Soviet neighbours. Can outsiders offer anything new? The Calvert Journal profiles 25 international photographers who’ve turned their lens on the region Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Photography, Russia, Architecture, Ballet, Kyrgyzstan, Moscow, Winter Olympics 2014, Kazakhstan, St Petersburg, Calvert Journal


Beyond Tetris: a brief history of patriotic video gaming in Russia

Retro favourite Tetris might be Russia’s best known games export, but a closer look at the industry finds a creative powerhouse that has mirrored the country’s politics for decades. The Calvert Journal reports Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Games, Russia, World news, Tetris, Game culture, Calvert Journal