Tomorrow is May Day. It doesn't mean a lot in the U.S., but in many nations it's their version of Labor Day. Back in the day, when there was such a thing as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, May Day was a big, big deal. Soviet leaders would stand on a huge stage as mighty missiles, demonstra ... More >>
From Stalin to Putin
Library of CongressIn can be easily argued that Russian born composer Sergei Prokofiev, who would have been 120 this week, was the most popular 20th century composer. As a sheet-music salesman, we can tell you that only Scott Joplin and Ennio Morricone come close to the number of requests for ... More >>
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The Russian Cultural Center screens a Larry Weinstein documentary about life as a composer in Stalins Soviet Union
Travelers at a late night subway station report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin. It is not possible, of course, but the idea has a certain attraction for Russians tired of the new world order. Stalin has rebounded in the polls; his deadly excesses overlooked. Much against his will, Inspector Ark ... More >>
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When he was young, William Simon wanted to change the world. The late University of Houston sociology professor changed the way we view sex instead.