Reading Russia: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible

It’s been awhile since I last posted. The Holidays were busy, I traveled quite a bit after the first of the year, and now…there’s a pandemic.

Life is something, huh? There are endless things to say about it all, but this is not the place even though it might be the time. Plus, I’ve been drinking rum for a few hours and I have nothing of real value to offer you.


So, let’s talk about Russia! I had big plans: I was going to read across the wide expanse of Russian literature, from the classics to modern rule-breakers, but I stalled out. As is my style I found my way to some non-fiction titles, because real life is often just as interesting as any novel.


That’s certainly the case with this book: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev. Written before The Age of Trump, it now reads as an eerie foretelling of the future we Americans willingly (at least some of us) walked right into. Truth means nothing. Cheap emotions are everything. Everything is for sale.

It’s a bleak story but it is fascinating and, for me, an absolute must-read. Learn about the world you now live in, and maybe find your way through.

The skyline of modern Moscow
The skyline of modern Moscow (Image by Deensel via Wikimedia Commons)

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