Going Everywhere but Away

Posted by Michael Dolan on January 11, 2014 in Uncategorized |

We were intrigued by the book’s title for obvious reasons: “Words Will Break Cement.”  It’s an account of the punk band Pussy Riot, whose members were sentenced to jail after a performance that mocked Russian president Putin.  Author is Masha Gessen, Russian born writer now living in New York. It’s a little bit easy to kick Russian […]

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We’re All Exceptional

Posted by Michael Dolan on September 19, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Much is made of American “exceptionalism,” most recently by Vladimir Putin in his recent opinion piece in the New York Times. It’s a bit of a fuzzy term, used variously by different commentators.  It may apply only to our great expanse of natural resources.  Some point to a distinct system of civil liberties and rugged […]

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