On feeling like an Alien: a portrait of a modern teen according to modern literature and media

Recently I stumbled upon a popular novel intended for teens and once again felt like I have spent my high school years on a different planet. According to many modern novels and TV shows life of a teenager is composed of alcohol poisonings, giving in to peer pressure to have unprotected sex under the influence … More On feeling like an Alien: a portrait of a modern teen according to modern literature and media

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The days when miracles are bound to happen

There are certain days when miracles WILL happen. Not “might”, not “likely” but “WILL.”  These days often either coincide with national holidays, or occur somewhere in the neighborhood of these holidays. New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve are among those days, and Valentine’s day is no different. I am not saying that all of us … More The days when miracles are bound to happen

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Anti-Hipster-ish and Un-Cool Statements, Lara Fabian and Thanks to the Readers

I have not been posting for the last month because of intense grad school schedule, but I have noticed that you, my readers, have been looking at my page. Thank you, all, for not forgetting about me! Let’s have a healthy and happy New Year! I have been observing the following tendency among my fellow … More Anti-Hipster-ish and Un-Cool Statements, Lara Fabian and Thanks to the Readers

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“Love Has Gone By As an Elephant”…?

“Love has gone by as an elephant” – I was sure that these are the exact lyrics of a popular Russian song until I was almost 10 years old. Interestingly, back than I did not notice anything strange about this phrase.  Most children, including myself, have seen elephants walking proudly, but slowly and heavily along … More “Love Has Gone By As an Elephant”…?

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Self Portrait

“Can I paint your portrait, Madame?” – shouts a stray artist on a busy street “No. thank you” – I say “It is a mistake, Madame. I have been painting for N-years and ladies chase me, begging to draw their portraits” “Then ask one of those ladies to pose for you.” “Don’t you want to … More Self Portrait

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