Category Archives: Art Criticism

The Triumphant Return Of This One Russian Episode – Part I

Dear Readers: Continuing with Lyttenburgh’s review of the American prime-time TV line-up promoting Exceptionalism and Bloody Wars – yay! Where we left off, Gary was infiltrating an Al Qaeda hang-out in Algiers, using his Exceptional acting skills…  Actually, that Team … Continue reading

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The Triumphant Return Of This One Russian Episode – Preface

Dear Readers: And now, for something completely different!  My colleague Lyttenburgh is back, better than ever, with his new fan-faves from those wonderful American TV shows.  And don’t ask me why Lyt, a Russian gentleman-scholar, spends so much of his … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today we finish this saga of Tsar Nikolai II’s warring mistresses.  On this side of the ring:  Nickie’s actual physical mistress, the prima ballerina Matilda Kschessinska.  On the other side:  Nickie’s spiritual mistress, Natalia Poklonskaya.  Of the two women … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part III

Dear Readers: The first shot in this new Culture War was fired by ex-Crimean Prosecutie Natalia Poklonskaya.  Recall that Natasha, a regional Prosecutor under the former Ukrainian government, defected to Russia during the Maidan Revolution of 2014, and became a … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing our saga of the new Culture War in Russia, with calls to ban the film, “Matilda“, by director Alexei Efimovich Uchitel.   Release of the film to the broader public has been delayed a couple of times, but … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part I

Dear Readers: In Russia the Culture War has resumed in earnest, this time over a film, which very few people have seen yet.  The film, of course, is “Matilda“, by director Alexei Efimovich Uchitel.  To add even more piquancy to … Continue reading

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Holocaust On Ice: When Westies Don’t Like Edgy Culture – Part II

Dear Readers: Yesterday we looked at an amazing figure skating program performed on a popular Russian TV show called “Ice Age”, which is similar in concept to the American show Skating With the Stars.  Russian superstar Olympic Ice Dancer Tatiana Navka … Continue reading

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