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Archives for June, 2010

Ordinary Perfection on Demand

Victor Pelevin has been described by Time as a "psychedelic Nabokov for the cyber-age." His 1996 "Buddha's Little Finger" is, to my mind, an extended “who-am-I?” meditation (that utilizes Soviet and post-Soviet Russian cultural metaphors).

The following is a description of "ordinary perfection" from Pelevin's...
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Tinariwen Simplicity in the District of Complexity

I have been a fan of Tinariwen (a band of nomadic exile musicians of Tuareg descent) for exactly as long as I have been listening to them, for about a year. When I found out that they were going to play at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, I saddled up my Hyundai Elantra and hopped on the Pennsylvania turnpike. I spent the Friday afternoon, with nomadic circularity of my DC visits, taxi-ing my mom (who lives in Alexandria) from a...
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