I like listening to musicians in the Moscow metro after work. This time it was two guys playing the balalaika and guitar.
This blog is 4 years old. It’s time to reflect on some of the main ideas, which I’ve come up with over the years.
I like neologisms and inventing new words because they are stripped from any previous meanings and history, and so are valuable due to their conceptual purity. That’s why I abandoned the terms like Russian stereotypes or Russophobia. Everybody seems to employ them loosely, so any particular meaning becomes vague like an image on a old coin. Terms over time and excessive usage tend to turn almost into a parody of their former self. Continue reading “#EsotericRussialism”
The phenomenon of Soviet nostalgia is effectively used in Western media and popular culture to position the Russians in a certain manner. This nostalgia mixed with self-orientalization by Russia’s useful idiots serves as a ferment for an easily digestible ‘analysis’. Obviously, Soviet nostalgia has little to do with the real historical Soviet Union and its society. It’s an idealized, ‘celestial’ version of it. Moreover, in order to be a part of this ostalgia one doesn’t have to be a socialist or communist. Continue reading “Post-ironic Neostalgia”