This August I went to Moscow for the first time in over a year. I was there to help my grandmother move, a move necessitated in part by the fact that my sister, Masha, is leaving the country after twenty years. Masha is leaving the country because she is gay, and the Russian parliament, with the full support of the Kremlin, has decided that gay people are what’s wrong with Russia. A recent law even suggested that gay couples who had adopted could be stripped of parental rights; Masha adopted her son Vova twelve years ago. It was time to go.
Jonathan Franzen’s novel is a feeling-machine.
“Gosh, things are so bad, pretty soon it’s got to spread to the real economy.”
People at the financial institutions, I think, really did start to think that because you’d spread risk, you’d eliminated risk.
I’ve never seen the financial system as a whole more distressed.
Because in the end the way you make a ton of money is calling paradigm shifts, and people who are real finance types, maybe they can work really well within the paradigm of a particular market or a particular set of rules—and you can make money doing that—but the people who make huge money, the George Soroses and Julian Robertsons, they’re the people who can step back and see when the paradigm is going to shift, and I think that comes from having a broader experience, a little bit of a different approach to how you think about things.
February 7, 2014
Compared to the old resort towns in the Crimea, where the tsars made their summer homes, Sochi was cheesy.
October 25, 2013
To play within the system is to play by its rules; you could choose, also, to walk away, and that’s what Medvedev did.
July 26, 2013
Navalny’s views on ethnic politics are no secret to anyone. A lot of people are willing to overlook them.
June 20, 2013
The LGBT supporters were pelted with stinging nettles, rotten eggs, bottles of piss.
June 12, 2013
But it turns out there is a third Gopnik: hockey Gopnik. Did you not know that Gopnik writes about hockey?
March 25, 2013
If you were shaking down a vegetable stand in 1990, you are probably not in the State Duma in 2013.