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Saul Rubinek Makin' Mov(i)es in Kyiv

on life and love and six decades spent on stage

Saul Rubinek, via Toronto-Hollywood-New York, found himself in Kyiv last year working on an insane, independent, and sophisticatedly-nationally-hyphenated Olias Barco film.  This actor, who as I assert, makes every film suddenly smarter by appearing on screen, is a blast as an interview. We scheduled two hours together and we took . . .

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September 24, 2016

Ambrose Akinmusire and Jazz in the Smoldering City: A Dispatch From Kyiv

Ambrose Akinmusire was coming to Kyiv to play a gig at "Closer", a jazz and electronic music venue a few minutes' walk from my flat. What the hell?

Don't get me wrong: I love Kyiv, and my neighborhood is one of the finest inner-urban settings a writer could ask for in which to put his ass in the chair, but Kyiv, as a city, as a center of . . .

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August 23, 2016

Svetlana Alexievich Is No Useful Idiot

 

Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015 for work she has produced over the last 30 years chronicling the troubled history of the USSR.  What you see here is my interview with her and my further consideration of her importance to world culture; the piece was released originally on 23 May 2016 at "The . . .

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August 13, 2016

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