Look, I was tortured. They say I snitched on a comrade who later died by soldiers’ bullets. I didn’t snitch.
October 26, 2015
“We at Amazon think every day is a first day."
He says: “We at Amazon think every day is a first day. Remember that. This is a good opportunity to make a note of that and get in on the ground floor and move up. Jobs are still being filled, the company’s still on the up, but between you and me, everyone knows nothing can grow forever.”
October 16, 2015
Christmas on Amazonstraße
You’re the only person to get off the tram at Amazon’s stop, and you immediately know what a global corporation looks like. It can’t be missed, but it could be improved. The dispatch hall is built gray and low, parallel to the street; it’s huge but discreet. It appears docile, like a tamed giant or a prisoner on parole, trying hard neither to do anything criminal nor to look like he might. There’s a banner on the fence surrounding the building, announcing job vacancies. Your boyfriend told you not to even think about failing the interview, that they’re bound to take you.
May 28, 2015
“I am nothing,” the narrator of Patrick Modiano’s Missing Person confesses at one point, “nothing but a silhouette.”
February 6, 2015
Harry the Tooth is a good five meters in front of the women. His heavy backpack drags his osteoporotic shoulders down almost to his knees. Big beads of sweat soak his worn cotton shirt, grinning out from which is the ecstatic face of long-dead pop monster Robbie Williams. “Prosciutto, Pomodoro Secchi, Ciabatta!” He groans at me, grinning and doing his name justice. At almost 81 years old Harry the Tooth still has a complete set of teeth, all his own, and as such is the sole resident of Calcium Commune, as we call the apartment the six of us share, who wasn’t named for a bodily flaw.
November 14, 2014
"The authorities should pay for what they did, because they’ve done the worst thing to the most humble of people."
The boy is hundreds of miles from the shrimp and the corn, from his placenta and from his mother. He may be, along with forty-two others like him, inside some strip of the state of Guerrero where the soil exudes the smell of death. Meanwhile, his father is hanging on.
October 10, 2014
From Shorter Days
It had always been women, not men, who were in short supply in Judith’s life. She finds most women trying and wearisome. As rivals they’d been irritating, now as mothers, members of this underprivileged and idealistic caste, they’re tolerable only in small doses.
January 21, 2014
A couple of years later, Khodorkovsky was arrested. The Communists tried to come to his rescue.
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.
October 4, 2013
omit as many vapid passages as possible/ abbreviate, use acronyms
July 26, 2013
Navalny has no recipe for fighting corruption. All he is putting forward is giving “the best people” unlimited power.
In a sick, sad world, it’s hard not to be suspicious of anything as wholesome as World Literature.
July 24, 2013
He didn’t know how much time had passed, but when he awoke he found he had no arms or legs.
He didn’t know how much time had passed, but when he awoke he found he had no arms or legs. He couldn’t lift anything, couldn’t stretch anything, and then he began to feel pain. He opened his eyes and realized with a shock that something rough was pressed up close to his face. . . . Did I drink up an earthquake? he wondered.
May 10, 2013
What? I asked her. It’s a message passed through saliva, she answered.
February 8, 2013
I love contemporary art/ I love contemporary art too/ I love you/ I love you too
January 3, 2013
I think/ this scene/ struck me more than any other,/ even more than the wild rabbits/ I later saw in the center/ of berlin
December 21, 2012
just a little bit more about literature:/ I’ve always been really interested/ in a particular type of poet/ it’s a pretty…
August 13, 2011
Pussy Riot is a performance art collective and their latest “action” is above all a brilliant performance.
July 13, 2010
Collectively, as well as individually, we are carrying a debt that our creditors no longer trust us to pay back.
March 15, 2009
The reptilian, id-driven region of our English, American, Canadian, and Australian brains still thinks in proto-Germanic.
February 7, 2008
It’s one thing to want to name your son Sherlock Holmes, and quite another to condemn him to the name of Hitler.
“Indeed,” I finally said, “as a six foot tall first-generation Turkish woman growing up in New Jersey, I cannot possibly know as much about alienation as you, a short American Jew.” He nodded: “So you see the problem.”
October 9, 2004
Dostoevsky traveled to Moscow to ask the editor whose magazine had put out Crime and Punishment for a large sum of money.