"THE TARIFFS SHOCK: From June 1, utilities will be two to three times as expensive."
... and Tori Amos is worried too:http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE5472Q020090508Have you bought the new album yet?GeniaP.S. Where have you seen Julia without her braid? I just cannot figure it out ;)
Thanks for the link, Genia! No, I don't have the new album yet - I'm behind in pretty much everything these days - plus I think it's not out yet! :)I saw braidless Yulia on TV - the volume was down, I was arguing with my mother about something, but we interrupted ourselves, turned up the volume and just stared, without really listening, for a few moments... :)Taras has a post on it, with a video clip - here.
... by the way, I am also becoming a true believer, but in ... Masha Gessen, discovered on your blog.:)My husband, basically a silent man, has treated me to Two Babushkas and Dead Again, apparently in the hope of slowing the rate of my questions on intellectual life in post-communist Russia. I have started with Dead Again, keeping the more romanesque Two Babushkas for dessert. What a page-turner. Am I going to resist sleepwalking and innocently taking down Two Babushkas from the upper bookshelf?What is the current fate of Masha Gessen? Writing more innocuous stuff not to end like Politkovskaya? Any idea?Genia
Amazing that you mention Masha Gessen - I've almost finished reading her Blood Matters: From Inherited Illness to Designer Babies, How the World and I Found Ourselves in the Future of the Gene. One chapter left, and I was going to write at least a 140-character reaction to it once I'm done :) A wonderful book - very interesting, very informative, heartbreaking, beautifully written. Some of the stuff in it moves me to tears, and some leaves me paralyzed with horror. Much recommended.Masha's next book is about mathematician Grigori Perelman and it's not out yet, but you can read a very short preview at Amazon.com page: Perfect Rigor: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century. I can't wait to read it.
Looking forward to read your reaction to Blood Matters... also mentioned earlier on your blog, but for some reason the title did not attract me.Thank you for the update!Genia
I remember that braidless look she had during her early political career: Gas Princess-cum-MP-cum-Vice PM-cum-political prisoner-cum-MP (1998-2004).http://www.pravda.com.ua/ru/files/1/_News_image_large_1475.jpghttp://durdom.in.ua/public/main/photos/photo_471d9e5f7df83.jpghttp://image.v4.obozrevatel.com/files/16/_Picture_file_path_16269.jpgShe’s probably going back to basics:)
I'm afraid I won't be able to say more than I've just said about Blood Matters - partly due to drowning in other stuff right now, but also because I'm totally overwhelmed by the book and its subject matter.And yes, initially, I was scared to read it, too. But then I mentioned to my husband that I want the Perelman book once it comes out, and he reproached me for not having read the one that we have yet, so I overcame my hypochondria and started reading it... And it is a very good book.