First image taken from the iconic Soviet-era cookbook

Interview with a Babushka

Over the course of my stay here in St. Petersburg, many stereotypes of Russians that foreigners have (and I, to an extent, had) were largely dispelled and proved to be, as most stereotypes are, gross generalizations and misunderstandings of the inner-workings of Russian culture. Perhaps one of the most glaring differences between Russians and Americans is […]

by Vasili Pukirev

Третьяковская Галерея – Tretyakov Gallery

Having grown up in the United States, I have observed that discussions surrounding fine art are often restricted to the Greco-Roman tradition, to the “rebirth” of Greco-Roman art with the Italian and European Renaissance, and to 19th-century and 20th-century artistic movements (impressionism, cubism, surrealism, etc) hailing primarily from Western Europe. Great Western European and North […]

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La libertad del diablo – Devil’s Freedom by Everardo Gonzalez, reviewed by Arianna Afsari

La libertad del diablo – Devil’s Freedom, directed by Mexican filmmaker Everardo Gonzalez, is a chilling documentary that delves deep into the complex emotions engendered by violence in Mexico. The film is essentially composed of a series of personal testimonies given by both the perpetrators and the victims of systematic violence in Mexican society, which is primarily […]


Arianna Afsari

What I study – Что я изучаю I am a Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and Hispanic Studies double major at the College of William and Mary. Я изучаю русский язык и испанский язык в колледже имени Вильяма и Мэри. Where I’m from – Откуда я I was born in Texas, but I later moved to northern Virginia.  […]