Russian Americans

Writing about Russian Americans by Jenny Turner, Hans Keller, Hari Kunzru, Christopher Reid, John Lanchester and Craig Raine.

As Astonishing as Elvis: Ayn Rand

Jenny Turner, 1 December 2005

If you try to find out about the legacy of Ayn Rand, your search engine will probably direct you first to, a website run by the Ayn Rand Institute in California. The ARI was founded...

Words about Music

Hans Keller, 30 December 1982

My fairly extensive – and, analytically, intensive – writings about Stravinsky confine themselves to his music and the psychology of his creativity – to the products and the...


Hari Kunzru, 22 May 1997

‘Ecstasy’ is a brand name. According to tradition, the tag first became attached to the drug MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine) some time in the early Eighties, when it moved...

Great American Disaster

Christopher Reid, 8 December 1988

Joseph Brodsky’s new selection, To Urania, gets off to a troubled start with a 20-line poem that contains at least one grammatical slip and a sentence of baffling absurdity. The slip occurs...

The Global Id: Is Google a good thing?

John Lanchester, 26 January 2006

Google is the only multi-billion-dollar company in the world that is also a spelling mistake. Back in the palaeolithic era (that’s the palaeolithic era in the internet sense, i.e. autumn...

Nabokov ‘had a flypaper feel for words’, according to Alison Bishop, who knew him at Cornell when she was a child. He might, therefore, have relished his biographer coming mildly...

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