Tag: Anna Pivovarchuk

Flames of Folly: On Burning and Banning Books

Flames of Folly: On Burning and Banning Books

The importance of the issues surrounding banning books is that of fundamental freedoms and civil liberties. Background There is a humorous element to Alexander Woollcott’s famous quip that all good things are either illegal, immoral or fattening. If you look at the tradition of literary...

A Method, Yet a Madness: Understanding Russian Democracy

A Method, Yet a Madness: Understanding Russian Democracy

As Western media focuses on the Crimean crisis, Russia intensifies its assault on civil society. When Nikolai Gogol wrote about the winged troika in his 19th century masterpiece on provincial corruption, The Dead Souls, little did he know that he was creating a perennial image that would...

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