• Culture

    May 2, 2013
  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    You Don't Mess with Texans, but You Don't Mess with Chechens Ten Times As Much

    Simon Hanukaev's family has lived along the western shore of the Caspian Sea for generations. Settled near the city of Derbent, a southern city in the Russian republic of Dagestan, Hanukaev's predecessors lived through khanates and tsars, under Bolshevik revolution and Stalinist resettlement. His pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    About the Central Asian Link to those Boston Bombers

    This might be a bit redundant, seeing as the readership at Hair Balls -- unlike, say, those who work in front of the camera at CNN -- are among those able to differentiate between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, but I thought it might be worth a quick run-down of how a substantial Chechen population came ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Year in Review Appendix -- Five More Stories For The Road

    One more for 2010...​I love the last week of December. Between Gary Kubiak and the option to just pick out some category from the past year and recap it, it's ready-made content. Just add snark! So in the spirit of lazy "Year in Review" style posts (one of which I've already submitted today! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2009

    Names In the News Ask Collective Soul's 7even Year Itch: Collective Soul's Greatest Hits 1994-2001

    ​Rocks Off enjoys reading The New York Times on Sundays. It's one of the few things in our topsy-turvy lives we can count on. However, several stories in this past Sunday's paper gave us serious cause for concern. The best way to help these people, we figured, was to take their problems to Georgia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Classic Rock Corner: Ian Gillan's Deeper Shade of Purple

    Though best known as the talented tonsils behind British hard-rock legends Deep Purple, Ian Gillan has also found the chance to log in some serious studio and road time both fronting his own bands and as a solo artist. Gillan's new CD, One Eye to Morocco (Eagle Records) finds the belter singing not ... More >>

  • Film

    August 14, 2008

    Army of One in Alexandra

    A Russian grandmother visits the troops, and brings light to their misguided mission in Chechnya

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2007

    Tall Texas Tale

    Coming out in trade paperback this month, Gary Shteyngart’s Absurdistan tells the story of Mischa Vainberg, a grossly overweight, highly wealthy, overly circumcised Russian Jew who finds himself trapped in the fictional, titular Caucasus country as it devolves into civil war. Effortless (except f ... More >>

  • News

    October 30, 2003

    Is This Guy Too Smart to Be Mayor?

    Bill White hopes brains and big bucks will get him elected

  • Music

    December 26, 2002

    Tex, Lies and Audiotape

    Underground supergroup Swarm of Angels hedges about its past

  • News

    September 16, 1999

    A Call to Arms

    Gary Ray is going to Russia for the glory of his sport. For the honor of his country. For a chance to win one more arm-wrestling contest.

  • News

    May 1, 1997
  • Film

    February 13, 1997

    Brothers in Chains

    The Russian Prisoner has an air of bittersweet timelessness

  • Dining

    July 11, 1996