28 September 2011

Bookin' It: Review

Today's book is The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov.  The same friend who recommended The Siege recommended this book.  Andrey Platonov is an influential Russia writer of the early 20th century.  He was a Freedom Fighter for the Communists in Russia and a well known writer, but then the rose colored glasses must have come off because he became one of communism's harshest critics.  His work was banned and Stalin had a particular dislike for Platonov.  This book is one of his most famous works and for good reason: it's a satire on Soviet collectivism.

15 September 2011


It's been ages since I posted on here (over a month!) and that's how life goes.  I've acquired a full-time job, moved into Chicago, and had a lot of social engagements.  I don't know where my time goes.  Well, at work I do, but after work it's like time speeds up. 
Anyway, what I'm trying to get across is that I am not abandoning this endeavor, but my posting frequency is about to drastically drop (or improve from the last month, depending on how you look at it).  I'm hoping to get one, maybe two posts in per week and if I hit higher than that, hot damn.

I've still got books I need to review, topics to write about, and opinions to expound.  I've also committed time suicide and signed up for an intensive German course that takes up 6 hours a week.  I must admit that since I'm taking it to prepare for the DaF test, it is putting stock towards my love of CEE.  Plus, my German needs a kick in the pants.  Possibility: German posts as homework.

 I used to work about 30 hours a week and I definitely used the other 10 (maybe 15?) for this blog. This is why I wish I had guest bloggers.  HELP ME.