I wrote about Christmas and New Year traditions in the new east for the Calvert Journal here. It's always fun to write about Christmas because this is not a holiday we've ever celebrated in my family, New year's eve all the way. Maybe next year I will finally do all the necessary research and finally write the long due 'How New Years Eve became the biggest holiday in Russia'. Happy Christmas to European friends, and Happy New Year to the Russian ones! See you all in 2016 ❤️
Well, not particularly new but I have been crazy busy, so here is the link to a text I did on the LGBT film festival for the Guardian.
The show I worked on with Vice will be aired on their new TV channel VICELAND, below is the trailer! Exciting times.
(no more info yet though, it's very hush-hush)
My first instinct was to write that I've been bad at keeping this blog updated. But actually that's not true: I've been insanely inhumanely busy this last month (more on this below) and several pieces of mine were published and I only found out this week.
Go to the Calvert Journal to read my latest on:
Video artists who take on issues of millennials - honestly sounds a bit more complicated/highbrow than it is;
The Soviet cult of space exploration - a true religion replacemet back in the time when atheism was a requirement; also republished on the Guardian (they made it go viral which resulted in the weirdest Twitter mentions);
Best Polish electronic musicians - one of the outcomes of my trip to Warsaw in July;
Soviet ice cream and the politics of food nostalgia in Russia.
On the busy part - I've been deep in the producing business - first working with Marko Vuorinen on his documentary set in St Petersburg (more info to come soon) and a Vice shoot here in St P that I can't really discuss too much except saying it did happen, it was very fun and sometimes intense (more info on this as it airs - we'll have to wait for spring 2016 for that).
That's all folks.
Back to writing now.
Today I present to you my child, a piece that I wrote about Russia's best boybands of the '90s. It is incredibly important - Ivanushki are basically Backstreet Boys only cooler (ok, not sure about this one). But they did upload some really old gigs from when they were just starting out and perfoming in Moscow schools on their Youtube chanel. It is actually gold and I hop it convinces you to read:
So my most recent piece was published on the Calvert Journal here. It's about the legacy of MTV Russia that left the public broadcast for cable in 2013. Researching and writing this text was the best, I watched so many grainy Youtube videos of mediocre Russian '00s hip hop, it was fantastic.
A commenter noticed that before it's demise the channel got very trashy and sad. This is totally true, although it's not how I (and my friends on Twitter and afk) will remember it. Read the text to see what we loved about it.
I wrote for Vice about Homoto, the only Russian gay motorcycle gang here. Photos are mine too!
I've been away to Poland (Warsaw is amazing!) and even though I tried to stay online and in the work mode, I've still somehow forgotten to share not one but two links to my new texts: I've written about the new entertainment trend of crazy real-life quest games in Russia for The Calvert Journal here and it was also republished on the Guardian here.
You know writing about food is my second favourite thing to do (the first one is to eat, obvs). Here in The Calvert Journal I wrote about the politics of street food, Nikita Mikhalkov's fast food ambitions and the Russian fast food chains that already exist. Spoiler alert: I really like two of them: the georgian Vai Me (aka Why Me) in Moscow and typical Russian Teremok all over the country. I also want more khachapuri places available around he city because I can not be stopped in my all-consuming love for cheese and pastry.
Mt piece for The Calvert Journal on the superheroes and comic book characters ahs been republished in The Moscow Times here.
Also, my most recent session of googling my own name (we all do it, right?) came up with an interesting link to my profile of Pavel Durov (written for The Calvert Journal, here) has been translated into Chinese and published on the China Youth On Line website. If you happen to know Chinese, you can read it here.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.