I PLAYED A CONCERT IN TOMSK (Google Translate Experiment)

I played a concert in Tomsk. People came. I made some money. Some girl interviewed me after. I was really happy that I successfully was interviewed in Russian. Then she wrote this article (excerpt) За год в России он научился хорошо говорить по-русски, и перед каждой композицией на концерте озвучивает небольшие комментарии к ней. Большинство […]

I Haven’t Been Posting Cuz I’m Traveling Around Russia Playing Music/Teaching

It’s a pretty lame excuse and all, but at some point I sorta forgot this blog existed. And then I remembered but I was busy and I didn’t post anything. And then I had a good idea and started writing a post but then I had to leave on this current month long trip I’m […]

PICTURE AS PROOF

RUSSIA TURNED ON ITS SIDE LOOKS LIKE A PHILLY PHANATIC CLUB-FOOTED IF THAT’S WHAT A CLUBFOOT LOOKS LIKE THIS IS HOW I FEEL HERE OR AT LEAST THE BEST I COULD COMMUNICATE BUT AFTERWARDS I MAY FEEL DIFFERENTLY

I Am The Judge Of A Poetry Contest

picture by Keith Birthday I’m going to take this poem and I’m going to turn it into something else probably something like a rock or maybe an airplane I’m going to take this rock or airplane or poem and turn it into a forest I think that you’ll be impressed if I take this poem […]

I’m Sorry I Didn’t Know You Dressed Emo

In Russia emo is this year’s cool well more like last year’s Counterculture reduced from an ideal or maybe lifestyle to blacknpinknskullsnsadness ‘sadness’ these girls cuddle teddy bears on streets call it ‘dressing emo’ The front strands of her hair are dyed black the area around her eyes is colored black her fingernails are painted black […]

Taiga

I got out of the train, stepped out into the evening cold. I was in ‘Taiga’, the city named after the forest, or perhaps vice versa. This city connects Tomsk with the Trans-Siberian line. I had two hours. I walked up onto the overhead crossing in order to snap a few shots with my cameraphone […]

Floor/Ceiling

blog post turned story about a real life event. still consider it fiction, though. I was just about ready to leave when the pounding started on the door. Heavy, rhythmic, coupled with my name  shouted in a heavily affected Russian accent ‘БРЕНДАН’ (pound pound pound). I opened the door. Before me stood my downstairs neighbor, […]

Revisiting “Revisiting A Poem I Didn’t Really Like, but Read for a Russian Audience Anyway”

The following is a response, originally submitted via email, to Keith’s post about a poem he didn’t like anymore . He sent me an email saying that I should analyze the poem, write some thoughts regarding the poem, and then post my thoughts on the poem. I guess this is sort of like a workshop […]

Siberia Is Really White/Random French Photographer I Met on the Street

This photograph was successfully taken after walking through waist-deep snow in order to reach the river bank where the snow was actually somewhat packed and therefore easier to walk upon. I had ended up at this place because I had recently found Ljubisa on the street. Found? I was walking home from work one day […]

Olympics/Thoughts on Versions of ‘We Are The Champions’ as Covered by Various Ethnic Groups Within Russia

Been watching a lot of Olympics lately. Had my TV fixed/a new antenna installed on the roof just so I could watch them. I think the Olympics are seen as the friendliest way of competition between the nations of the world without ‘shooting things at each other’ or ‘blowing stuff up’. Generally, it seems like […]