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literature

Pushkin and the Trauma of the Flood

The Russians of today show no sign of pulling down the great statue of Peter the Great that overlooks the Neva. Nor do they show any signs of cancelling Pushkin.

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history literature

Strange Freedom

From this traumatised, divided old Russian Soviet poet, we learn about our own strange freedom.

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literature

The Seminar and the Last Night

Shvarts has become for me an important poet.

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The Burning Archive Podcast

The Making of my podcast on the Medici

Today I have recorded, edited and released the latest episode of The Burning Archive podcast – The Medici in Games and in History

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Personal story

Experiments with Morning Routines

So today I experimented with restoring my morning routine, but with a twist. So today the plan is….

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history

Three historical notes on Putin’s 2022 Victory Day Parade Speech

Vladimir Putin’s Victory Day speech tells stories of how Russia has responded to threats by embracing multi-ethnic, multi-national traditions.

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history the real world today

What if Russia Wins?

So, it seems reasonable at least to ask: what will happen in the West if Russia wins the war in Ukraine?

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history literature

The Irony of Chekhov

Something tells me Chekhov and the innovations in drama he bequeathed to us may appear in my podcast series on the gifts of Russian culture.

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history

How Lenin on the Train began a 100 Years War

Catherine Merridale, Lenin on the Train (2016), which I finished reading last night, is a very fine book. It is a gem, and perhaps ought to be recommended as among the very best introductions to the history of the Russian Revolution.

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Personal story

Discovering Zettelkasten and Rediscovering Luhmann

Discovering Zettelkasten and Ahrens’ guide to smart note-taking has been a blessing. But so too is re-discovering Luhmann…

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culture history

The Northman – as reviewed by the Burning Archive

Last night I saw The Northman, the new film set in the world of the Norse/Vikings and directed by Richard Eggers.

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history The Burning Archive Podcast

Burning Archive Podcast 52 Professions and Guilds in Games and History

This morning I released the latest Burning Archive podcast. In games, we see a different pre-modern world of work – of artisans, craft skills and guilds. Was this world ever real, and what does this fantasy world of work tell us of our collective memory of work and collective organisation? Join me on this fascinating tour of the history of work, guilds and unions, and the global transformations of ideas of work in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.