Alexievich’s Zinky Boys reviewed – Killing in the name of the Soviet Union
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Alexievich’s Zinky Boys reviewed – Killing in the name of the Soviet Union

In honour of Svetlana Alexievich’s awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015, I unearthed my first-impression review written four years ago of Zinky Boys, a masterpiece of non-fiction writing. I just finished reading Zinky Boys and I don’t feel very well.  The stories Alexievich reports are like a fist in the stomach, every single … Continue reading

Amusing Ourselves to Death – Neil Postman
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Amusing Ourselves to Death – Neil Postman

Postman writes this book to illustrate his theory of burlesque transformation of culture due to the advent of television. It is an informative and fascinating read, but it raised a few eyebrows. Strictly focusing on the USA development of communication, Postman’s main analysis compares and contrasts the ideas of two British authors, Orwell and Huxley, … Continue reading