Gusli

Viktor Vasnetsov - Guslyary (Gusli musicians), 1899.
Viktor Vasnetsov – Guslyary (Gusli musicians), 1899.

Gusli

is one of the oldest musical instruments that have played an important role in the Russian music culture. The Greek historians Theophylact Simocatta and Theophan were the first to mention the gusli. During the war at the end of the 6th century, the Greeks took Slavonic prisoners and found a musical instrument named the Gusli. This corresponds to what the Arabic authors Al-Masudi and Ibn-Dasta mentioned in the 10th century.

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The Memes of Our Lives, or How the Internet Shapes Reality in the Current Year

#MakeTrumpBaneAgain

A vision of the future (German magazine, 1930).

Speaking of predictions, or rather visions of the future, I like reading those of the past. There is something essentially human in the act of trying to break from the banality of one’s own existence and explore the Fourth Dimension – Time. Russian futurist and poet Velimir Khlebnikov in his 1921 piece titled ‘Radio of the Future’ (Radio Budushchego) wrote:

Radio of the Future – the main tree of consciousness – will open up the way of solving infinite tasks and will unite mankind. […] Imagine the main camp of the Radio: web of wires in the air, lightning going out and sparkling again, shifting from one end of the building to another. Blue round lightning ball hanging in the air like a shy bird; obliquely stretched wires. Every day flocks of news about the life of the spirit, resembling a spring flight of birds, are spread from this point on the globe.

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#RussianSaying: Lie, but Don’t Overdo It!

Vasya Lozhkin - Svin-TV (literally: Pig-TV). Caption says: Coming up in the programme today: invisible rays, voices from space, electrohypnotists and other miracles.
Vasya Lozhkin – Svin-TV (literally: Pig-TV). Caption says: Coming up in the programme today: invisible rays, voices from space, electrohypnotists and other miracles.

Ври, да не завирайся

(vri, da ne zaviráisya).

Lie, but don’t overdo it.

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Russian Regression Roulette

Russia & the West.

Pt. IX: Russian Regression Roulette

Stephen King Flexible Bullet

Stephen King in his 1984 novella titled “The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet” presents a scary story, which shows how fragile our ‘normal’ consciousness is and that madness is actually contagious. Very little is needed for ‘the roof to start leaking‘ (krýsha poteklá – Russian idiom on going cuckoo). Continue reading Russian Regression Roulette

Understanding Russia with a Russian

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