Joseph Stalin

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    For May Day: The Nine Leaders Of The USSR, Ranked On Hotness

    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 >>

  • Culture

    April 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    How Josef Stalin Stole Sergei Prokofiev's Flowers

    Library of Congress​In 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 >>

  • News

    January 21, 2010

    Net Gains and Losses: Red Herring

    Author has his own special take on the fishing industry.

  • Calendar

    January 24, 2008

    The War Symphonies: Shostakovich against Stalin

    The Russian Cultural Center screens a Larry Weinstein documentary about life as a composer in Stalin’s Soviet Union

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2007

    Get Lit: Stalin’s Ghost, by Martin Cruz Smith

    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 >>

  • News

    May 26, 2005

    No Pain, No Gain

    Our solution for saving Texas's claim to capital punishment fame

  • Dining

    June 21, 2001

    America's Volume Dealer

    The Zagat Survey spits out large amounts of data, not informed criticism

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    Letters 09-07-2000

    Burned by City Hall, Leon and Joe, Muzzle This Mirth

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    Accidental Sexologist

    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.