I watch the unfolding events between Russia and Georgia with some mild interest, but no real suprise. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990’s it has been clear to me that many of the new-born states to emerge from the so-called Commonwealth of Independant States had little real reason to exist beyond […]

Spring, 1965

“Are you sure about this?” Aiko asked me, her face radiating doubt as we drove through the campus. “No more clubs, no more bars… this is what’s left. Besides, they said one of the guys heard us in Chicago, so they must know what they’re getting.” She gave me her “Inscrutable Asian” look, and then […]