I’ve been debating whether or not to write this, but I feel compelled. If only for the sake of giving voice to the anger and concern and disillusionment I have felt the past 24 hours. Last night a friend and I were sexually harassed by some drunk men at a restaurant. I won’t go into what was said, because frankly, I don’t want to relive it. But I’m still fuming and...
I think that comedy is the quintessential human reaction to the fear of death.– Umberto Eco (via theparisreview)
My Final Post: Reflections on my Peace Corps...
whereintheworldisflick: It has been six months since I have completed my service in the Peace Corps and returned to America, and in full disclosure, this is the fourth attempt I have made at writing a final blog post to sum up my experiences, convey what I have learned, and generally distill 26 months of service into one final post. I will tell you right now that it is impossible. There is no...
Badonkadona: Goal 2
Colleague: "Sandroochka, do you know what a badonkadonk is?"
Me: "Of course. But you can always Google 'Beyoncé' if you need further explanation."
Do stories, apart from happening, have something to say? For all my skepticism,...– Milan Kundera, The Joke
Thirty-six years after his death and twenty-two years after the fall of the...– Michael Idov on the recent turn against Vladimir Nabokov in Russia: http://nyr.kr/13oYfQv (via newyorker)
When two PCVs start dating
howapcvputsitgently: They’re just like: I don’t know what I love more, the joke or the ND reference.
Camp GLOW/TOBE Twitter! →
Follow Camp GLOW/TOBE on Twitter!!! https://twitter.com/GLOWTOBEUA GLOW and TOBE’s main objective is to raise awareness of gender issues in Ukraine, particularly those facing youth. The weeklong program includes lessons, discussion sessions, team-building activities and fun excursions designed to foster a sense of unity and empowerment. All activities are designed to teach respect,...
Camp GLOW/TOBE Tumblr! →
Hey guys! I’m now the unofficial official PR person for GLOW/TOBE Ukraine, so naturally I gave it a tumblr. Follow us!!!!!!!!!!!!! And consider donating! http://www.tumblr.com/blog/glowtobe GLOW and TOBE’s main objective is to raise awareness of gender issues in Ukraine, particularly those facing youth. The weeklong program includes lessons, discussion sessions, team-building activities...
”We have examined the universe in space and seen that we live on a mote of dust circling a humdrum star in the remotest corner of an obscure galaxy.” -Carl Sagan, Cosmos Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
For those of you starting PST
Dada: From My Other, More Personal, Blog →
Duende!: A Postcard from Ukraine →
mfaunlv: One of our brightest UNLV MFA writers, Becky, is currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, fulfilling the international experience emphasis unique to the UNLV MFA program. These are some of her musings from abroad. Thoughts on Comfort: 1. I can bake a soufflé on my space heater…. My friend and former PCT clustermate, Becky, wrote this. She lives in Chernivtsi and is...
Perusing: An Open Letter →
thesharpiemarkerapproach: Dear Person Contemplating Joining Peace Corps, I imagine that you’re at a transition point in your life. Perhaps you’ve just graduated, perhaps you’re going through a career change, perhaps you have an itch for something more that can’t be scratched. Whatever the reason, here you are:…
"vebatchtay, moya ookrainskooyoo movoo pohannoo"
Is a phrase I’m consistently saying, usually following a rapid fire of questions in Ukrainian that I can’t even begin to understand. Here is a daily example from the supermarket (*indicates words understood): Cashier: “blablablhalblabos bla blaahhsky innnnkich VAM CARTE* blablablhalblabos bla blaahhsky kobalhablahyeah.” Me: ”uhhhhhhhh…vebatchtay, moya...
W. W. Norton: Jacob Bacharach's one-sentence take... →
wwnorton: While I’ve always thought that there was something particularly crass about our habits of erecting edifices of grief to strangers whom we perceive as similar to us even as we note and let pass without comment the deaths of so many more distant, more different people in our country’s wars and misadventures, and while I likewise find our habit of reacting with dismay to items like the...
She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that...– Simone de Beauvoir, The Mandarins Noteworthy: de Beauvoir would have been 105 today, if not for space and time. (via wwnorton)
I think we can all agree with the idea that the beautiful girls that get all the...– Lena Dunham