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etwritehome:

I did not write much on my blog that much this summer. Or, if I did, I didn’t feel like I did. But I did write a lot at Slate, where, until this evening, I interned.

Before I started interning there, I said that I thought it would be a nice antidote to the sort of academic writing I do in grad…

Go read all of these pieces! I may be a little biased because Emily is my friend who has really supported me through thick and thin, but these are all really great, well-written articles. The post-Soviet space is hard to write about, but Emily gives it the nuance it deserves and makes it entertaining too! 

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned in the Past 25 Years

rachelbarclay:

No matter how cheap or expensive the black ballet flat, it will smell and have holes after a month or three. No exceptions. 

TRUTH

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I know I should probably be analyzing this article for discourses and conceptualizing “the other” and all the other bullshit I’ve had to do lately, but this is just hilariously funny. 

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fyeaheasterneurope:

A Moldovan newspaper says it was threatened after publishing two scandalous investigative reports on the assets and personal life of the head of Moldova’s Orthodox Church.

The Chisinau weekly “Ziarul de Garda” says it received the telephone threats on September 11 after publishing photos of Vladimir, metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova, vacationing in Turkey with a woman named Nelli Tcaciuc. 

According to an investigation by the newspaper, Vladimir does not live in his official residence or in the apartment that he owns in Chisinau, but rather in a luxurious villa in the Bostanci neighborhood about 5 kilometers from the capital.

The paper also reported that official records show the villa is owned by the 47-year-old Tcaciuc. Neighbors and locals interviewed by “Ziarul de Garda” confirmed that the church official and a blond-haired woman are frequently seen coming and going from the estate, which is surrounded by high walls, according to the report.

Welp, we’ve hit peak post-Soviet republic news with this story. It has everything.

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whitehouse:

It’s long-past time to ensure equal pay for women. Let’s give every woman the chance to realize her dreams.

Maybe they could have chosen a different picture for this. Like, Betty Draper smoking a cigarette would have been better than two ladies at an artisanal craft store… 

whitehouse:

It’s long-past time to ensure equal pay for women. Let’s give every woman the chance to realize her dreams.

Maybe they could have chosen a different picture for this. Like, Betty Draper smoking a cigarette would have been better than two ladies at an artisanal craft store… 

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newyorker:

Today’s daily cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz.

newyorker:

Today’s daily cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz.

(Source: newyorker.com)

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humansofnewyork:

"When I was fifteen, I was raped by three boys while competing at a gymnastics tournament. I was so ashamed, that I stood on a train track, and waited for the train to come. At the last moment, I tried to jump away. I woke up after a month. It was the middle of the night, and I could immediately tell that something was missing. I started feeling all over my body, and that’s when I realized that I’d lost my arm. Now I counsel teenagers who have been diagnosed with HIV. I’m normally the first to meet with them after they get their results. I try to explain to them that there’s a way out of even the most impossible situations."
(Odessa, Ukraine)

Talking about sexual assault and HIV are so taboo in Ukraine, I am so so so impressed with this woman. 

humansofnewyork:

"When I was fifteen, I was raped by three boys while competing at a gymnastics tournament. I was so ashamed, that I stood on a train track, and waited for the train to come. At the last moment, I tried to jump away. I woke up after a month. It was the middle of the night, and I could immediately tell that something was missing. I started feeling all over my body, and that’s when I realized that I’d lost my arm. Now I counsel teenagers who have been diagnosed with HIV. I’m normally the first to meet with them after they get their results. I try to explain to them that there’s a way out of even the most impossible situations."

(Odessa, Ukraine)

Talking about sexual assault and HIV are so taboo in Ukraine, I am so so so impressed with this woman. 

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russkayaliteratura:

Leo Tolstoy’s 186th Birthday: https://g.co/doodle/53ey5h

С днем рождения, дядя Лев! 

russkayaliteratura:

Leo Tolstoy’s 186th Birthday: https://g.co/doodle/53ey5h

С днем рождения, дядя Лев! 

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"Me: It just doesn’t make sense…
My wonderful advisor: I don’t like to use that phrase when talking about history. It just doesn’t make sense to you. The framework you’re using the one that is telling you what is logical and what isn’t isn’t working. That’s why it doesn’t make sense. Change how you think and it will make sense."

— We were talking about something strange about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and now I think I’m going to take my advisor’s advice and apply it to everything in my life

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How I’ve spent the majority of my adulthood

whatshouldwecallme:

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All hail the sage Khloe (seriously she’s my favorite)