04 Jul 2001, 1:35 a.m.

Row, row, row...down the Neva

Recently, I've attempted to row a boat, sung patriotic songs, attended (in body but not in spirit) some Russian theater, and seen some Russian art. I guess I'm in St. Petersburg, eh? Happy US Independence …

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03 Jul 2001, 12:35 p.m.

Dude, Where's My Dignity?

More seriously, right now I want to note some rather trite-seeming (to me) observations that I have made whilst studying Russian here in St. Petersburg, and before. And a shout-out to Sean and Cinzia, who …

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03 Jul 2001, 10:01 a.m.

Declension and Fall of the Roman Empire

Maybe the reason the Roman Empire fell was that its inhabitants were just sick and tired of asking, "should this be in the dative or the accusative?" and instead said, "[expletive] it, we'll just stop …

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02 Jul 2001, 8:53 a.m.

Jacques Sirok (Jack, the Little Cheese)

Did I ever write about sterile tears? They remind me of the problem of symptoms. I was about to take some sterile tears in my eyes the other days. Then I thought that dry eyes …

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01 Jul 2001, 9:59 a.m.


Or perhaps, given the foci of my Russian classes lately: Verbs of Motion II: They're Back, and They're Going to Tell You How They Got Here! I went to the Hermitage for the first time …

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30 Jun 2001, 5:12 a.m.

Why HRC and not AR? -- And the Smolnyi.

In the past two weeks (my goodness, I've been in St. Petersburg for two weeks), I've had two dreams somehow involving Hillary Rodham Clinton. But, even though my alarm clock by my bedside ticks really …

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29 Jun 2001, 10:15 a.m.

Compare and Contrast...The World!

George Orwell wrote 1984 after reading We and Brave New World. (I'm reading We right now -- or I guess I should call it Mui, since I'm reading it in Russia and it was written …

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29 Jun 2001, 2:07 a.m.

Obtuse Angling, and Conjugating Imaginary Verbs

Classes here in St. Petersburg have been actual work. And I'm not just talking about homework. Every day it's exhausting to go through six hours of struggling through it all in bad Russian. At least …

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27 Jun 2001, 10:05 a.m.

OK, OK, Catholicism, my bad.

I went to Tsarskeyoe Selo today. Rather fun. I find the gardens more enjoyable than the herd experience through the gilt-trip palace itself. I'm off to the LUG meeting really, really soon. More on Catholicism …

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26 Jun 2001, 12:35 p.m.


Went to the Marinskii Theater and slept through the odd-numbered acts. Good naps! And, I'm taking a course on the Russian press. Today we read an article from 1997 on "khackeri" and "freakeri" and intellectual …

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