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Sergey Shnurov about patriotism

I don’t like a lot about this country because I’m a true patriot. Those who like it in here must be fucking German spies.

Don’t think less of me (or us), but the man’s got a point. Quite poorly proven, maybe, but he’s got it. p.s.: Sergey Shnurov and his band Leningrad are rather popular and loved in Russia, despite the lyrics often celebrate of alcoholism and other unpleasant ways of living, and include a lot – and I mean A LOT – of swearing.

Dylan Moran – life-sized, life-realed Bernard Black

“What’s the name of that Irish comedian of yours, you know, the one who “and you’re fat, i love you, here, eat this”? Was it him who said something about chewing beds from boredom?”. Yes, that’s how one of my best friends, Sasha (do not confuse with Dasha – they’re two entirely different individuals. and truly existing, by the way, i didn’t make them up) remembers one of my favourite comedians, Dylan Moran. Continue reading

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Vladimir Nabokov’s definition of the Russian word “toska”.

Toska – noun /ˈtō-skə/ – Russian word roughly translated as sadness, melancholia, lugubriousness.

No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody of something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.


yes, that’s exactly what my native language needs to be remembered for. that’s why we are all proud of our language, country, political state and everything. that’s why all Russians are so patriotic. definitely.

vodka, balalaika, bears and communism. and lots of toska.

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Just another thought of mine (this one’s about the Chapman thing)

The surname “Chapman” is a weird surname. On the one hand, there is Mark Chapman, a psychopathic killer of a legend. On the other, there’s Graham Chapman, the embodiment of everything Monty Python, the greatest of all comic groups ever, was ever to be.

Still not sure whether to admire this surname or to hate with all my heart.