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January 29, 2008


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You actually find out her name in Mortals, and how it's really not. Norman Rush is 74, incidentally.

Gorgeous post-Soviet women: probably they were dressed down, without makeup. If you've ever spotted an actress in NYC going grocery shopping, you'll know what I mean.

Also, this seems pertinent: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F00E2DB113EF930A25750C0A9629C8B63


And dude, it's Botswana. Botswana : Iowa :: Rhodesia : Mississippi.

Will Baird

Russospheric women have some odd...yes, odd...mating preferences (yes, my wife's choice in me included).

Some are so contrarian (to American dating rules) that they make my head hurt.

Jussi Jalonen

"What do we got"? Hm, well, I would have a lot to add to the comments on East Slavonic women, obviously, but well, there are privacy considerations.

But hey, I do have something else! Yours truly is now being quoted in a Polish weekly, on the topic of Finnish school system and the supposedly excellent PISA results:


As you can see, I was my usual reactionary self. You don't have to be fluent in Polish to understand terms such as "reformatorska katastrofa z lat 70".


J. J.

Doug (not Muir)

Yeah, it's a pity Applebaum doesn't come up with an interesting to her question.

Her husband, though, sometimes still says interesting things.

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