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Links Round-Up: Winter Olympics, Sochi-style

February 25, 2014 / Comments Off on Links Round-Up: Winter Olympics, Sochi-style
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A number of people have asked me in the last few weeks whether I have any national pride for Russia during these Sochi Olympics. Maybe it’s all the writing I’ve been doing the last few years, but I don’t think I’ve ever been asked before about cheering on another country. It’s never even occurred to…

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Friday Links: The no room for DIY parenting in the office of the future edition

March 15, 2013 / 3 Comments
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DIY Parenting

1. DIY parenting is the opposite of feminism The Atlantic takes up one of my favourite topics – the crazy effort required of DIY parenting. You know the kind, where parents (read: mothers) make their own baby food (ok, I did that, it’s called a blender and it’s closer than the grocery store), grow their…

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Friday Links: The Stalin ruins Women’s Day edition

March 8, 2013 / 2 Comments
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Translated Soviet Women's Day Poster from 1932

Once upon a time, I used to post Monday links. I’m bringing them back, but on Friday. Because I actually have time to think of smart posts on the weekend. Not so much on Fridays. It is a weird week when the 60th anniversary of Stalin’s death rolls around and it’s also (almost) International Women’s Day.…

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Monday Links – The some people have real problems and some people have baby carrots edition

April 4, 2011 / 2 Comments
Baby carrots as junk food

The last few weeks have been heavy with Russian/Soviet Jewish links, so we’re lightening things up a little this week with a peek into that phenomenon known as “first world problems,” or, “not really a problem at all.” Why You Shouldn’t Buy Girl Guide Cookies – Save Your Fork Just when you thought Girl Guide…

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Monday Links – Russia loves Raymond, nobody loves cannibalism edition

March 28, 2011 / Comments Off on Monday Links – Russia loves Raymond, nobody loves cannibalism edition
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Exporting Raymond movie poster

This week’s links round-up starts with a snicker before getting into the heavy stuff. “And then, the Russians called…” – Global Post The creator of Everyone Loves Raymond is invited to make a Russian version of the show. Of course he makes a video about it. Of course you should watch it. Muscovite Lives, Entangled…

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Monday links – The super Soviet, super Jew-y edition

March 21, 2011 / Comments Off on Monday links – The super Soviet, super Jew-y edition
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It’s been a while since I did a links round-up, so let’s just call this one the super-belated, super-Soviet edition. Did Britain try to assassinate Lenin? – BBC Zev Yaroslavsky: From Soviet Jewry Activist to L.A. Mayor? – Forward Diaspora? What Diaspora? – Scary Azeri blog The Fashions of the War Times – Real USSR…

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Monday Links – Socialist Cuba beats out Park Slope Food Coop edition

February 21, 2011 / Comments Off on Monday Links – Socialist Cuba beats out Park Slope Food Coop edition
Park Slope Food Coop sign

This week’s link round-up… Ill Doctrine Someone who tells it like it is without angry ranting—a much under-appreciated skill. I’m also including a few of his YouTube videos I particularly liked: How To Tell People They Sound Racist, Why I’m Happy, Why I’m Not Satisfied, A Case of Morals, No Accounting for Taste, The Wall-E…

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Monday Links – The skinny cans for skinny gals edition

February 14, 2011 / Comments Off on Monday Links – The skinny cans for skinny gals edition
Pepsi truck for Pepsi skinny cans post

Some assorted links from the past week or so… A real life look at the Gulag – The Washington Post A Hollywood movie about the gulag? How did I miss this? Anne Applebaum muses on the interplay between fact-based movies and the Hollywood insistence on happy endings. Good Future, Bad Future: on the Unauthenticated Avant-Garde…

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Lego and Monopoly: What's history got to do with it?

November 29, 2010 / Comments Off on Lego and Monopoly: What's history got to do with it?
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A few links that have been hanging around in my bookmarks and Twitter feed… a lot of video, a little bit of Lego, a little bit of Monopoly… History via Lego Up above, we have the complete history of Soviet-Russia for children, told through Lego. Need I say more? (If you liked that, you should…

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Blah, blah, authenticity, blah, blah, shtetl

November 25, 2010 / 4 Comments
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Food poverty and authenticity - woman on a bike in a modern-day shtetl in Ukraine

Things recently noted on the food front, all courtesy of the New York Times… (The short version, if you don’t want to scroll down – we have issues around food poverty and authenticity.) Exhibit A GROWING up in Montreal, Noah Bernamoff had an issue with his mother’s kasha varnishkes. “My mom’s had so much kasha…

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