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The Road To An American Tragedy

“It was called, tellingly and absurdly, the War on Terror, an emotion all nations would like to declare war against if only that were possible. Instead, they waged war on the Muslims. It was always the Muslims.” 

This is a line from the new book The Brothers: The Road To An American Tragedy by Masha Gessen. It is just one of many provocative statements Ms Gessen makes in a her deliberately thorough book about the Boston Marathon bombings. To better understand the sentence above and Masha Gessen’s raison d’être for writing The Brothers, digest her statement at the front of the book, “The pain inflicted by the Boston Marathon bombing was one of the few aspects of that act of terror that were immediately accident and certain. Such is the nature of the crime that hundreds of individuals and families will suffer loss and trauma for many years to come. This book, however is not about that pain. It is about something that, whatever evidence is unearthed, will never be entirely certain: it is about the tragedy that preceded the bombing, the reason that led to it, and its invisible victims”. Masha Gessen writes with an unbridled clarity that may surprise, if you are not familiar with her unwavering observant eye.

The award winning Russian-American author returns to Life  Elsewhere to talk about her new book. Expect insights and details you’ll not hear anywhere else about the Tsarnaev brothers, the investigation and the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Masha Gessen’s knowledge of the Russian Federation, Chechnya, Kyrgyzstan and Dagestan was well-documented in her previous (and formidable) book,The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise Of Vladimir Putin. In The Brothers she uses the same persistent reporting, with the end result of inviting us to reconsider all we think we know about terrorism.

This will be a must-listen to show, make sure you tune in at 12 noon ET, Sunday, April 12 at The Source, WMNF HD3 and 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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Be Better Informed About Putin. The End Of Selfies? Licking Dishes. Lovely Illustrations. And Apricot.

Dog shit selfieNew at BACK. Norman B comments on Mika Brzezinski’s extraordinary disparagement of Vladimir Putin. He recommends a short film from Australian directer Ben Briand, a site about licking food off the dish, a French multi-talented artist and a reason why you may never look at Selfies the same again. Go to BACK. here

The Russophobia Podcast Available Now!


The Russophobia edition of Life Elsewhere with Russian blogger Sergey ArmeyskovThe author of  Russian Universe talks about his fascination with how the West sees Russia. Mr. Armeyskov shares the Russian take on Russophobiathe Ukraine situation, anti-gay propaganda, homophobia, Putin and Obama.

Plus, Masha Gessen, gay Russian activist and author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and Dr. Jimmie Cain author of  Bram Stoker and Russophobia: Evidence of the British Fear of Russia in Dracula and The Lady of the Shroud

This weeks Hit That Never Was features Jan Coo (Джан Ку) a Russian band hailing from St. Petersburg.

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Russophobia Continues?


In the next edition of Life Elsewhere we explore Russophobia with Russian blogger Sergey Armeyskov. The author of  Russian Universe is fascinated with how the West sees Russia. We ask Mr. Armeyskov to share the Russian take on Russophobia, the Ukraine situation, anti-gay propaganda and homophobia.

Plus, Masha Gessen, gay Russian activist and author of The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and Dr. Jimmie Cain author of  Bram Stoker and Russophobia: Evidence of the British Fear of Russia in Dracula and The Lady of the Shroud

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