Old Scars – New Pain

Dear Diary, I let you in a on a secret. Well, it is not a secret. It is something people prefer not to talk about even if stares them in the face. It stares them from my face…   I am a Cleftie. I was born with cleft lip and cleft palate. I went through…

What? You have not read this…

Dear Diary, I am a snob. Well, we all are, I guess. We, the Soviet kids of 60s, 70s and 80s are the biggest snobs when it comes to books and reading. We grew up in Literature. We were nurtured Samizdat. We breathed Esenin, Blok, Pushkin, Shakespeare in translation – we had to learn many…

Ian Rankin’s Autograph

Dear Diary, I am so excited. I am still so very excited. I am still like a kid before Christmas morning. Well, it is the morning after, but I am still very much excited. I’ve met Ian Rankin yesterday. If you do not know who he is, you’ve lived under the rock so far… Ian…

Death By Scarf (And Other Tragedies): An Interview with Amelia Gray

Originally posted on Chicago Review of Books:
Isadora Duncan lived an extraordinary life. A dancer of international acclaim, Isadora’s distinct artistic philosophy, tumultuous romantic relationships, and peculiar death make her an interesting, though little remembered, 20th century icon. She is the title figure of Amelia Gray‘s new novel, Isadora, which is—to say the least—not your…

V Day

Dear Diary, For a Politics major I am very much unpolitical, non-political, out-of politics person. I respect the values I grew up with. Some of them will never change or sway, no matter what I hear or read in mass media nowdays. V DAY – 9th May 1945 – we used to celebrate, we celebrate…

My Cat Did It…

Dear Diary, Just when I was going to sit down and do quite a bit of soul searching and write a post on teenage suicide and how, as a parent, one has to deal with it (explain to your own teenage child how it happens, why and how to deal with the aftermath), my new…

Today is the Day: Margaret Mitchell

 Dear Diary, Do you know what day it is today? Well, it was yesterday for us (Australia) but is still today for some parts of the world. Do you? I’ll tell you. In 1937, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.   Gone with the Wind is one of my…

Spooky Revelations: Angela Carter

Dear Diary, Have you ever had an instance when something or someone is following you. No, I do not mean a stalker. I mean… A book, a person, a place, an action, an event… any of the above keeps popping up in your life with a weary persistence. You keep seeing the same thing everywhere…

Girly Book Club: Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino

Dear Diary, I do not anyone to tell my story before me I honestly do not. I recently read the book about a situation like this When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J.Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego…

Thought of the Day: May Day, May Day!!!

Dear Diary, It’s May Day in Southern Hemisphere already. Go figure. Where did the 5 month of the new year has gone too? Have you seen? I haven’t. Anyhow, today is MAY DAY. And my Thought of the Day is Why? Because. It is because I had a terrible dream last night about a very…