Alice E.M. Underwood

ALICE E.M. UNDERWOOD is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Stanford University, where she specializes in literary and ideological deviance in twentieth-century Russian literature. While her research keeps her busy with decaying bodies, masculinity, and signs of decadence in the pre-perestroika Soviet Union, she sometimes takes a break to dabble in the poetic world of the Russian soul. In addition to teaching courses in Russian language and literature, she pens the occasional blog and edits Russian Life’s popular e-letter, The Weekly Russia File.


Dostoyevsky's Birthday in 10 Dark Quotes (Online)
Why Invading Russia was Hitler's Downfall (Online)
How to Celebrate Russia Day (Online)
Moon Colonies and Molotov Modernism (Online)
Aliens, help Russia! (Online)
The Best of 2017 (Online)
Romanov Holiday and Russia's Best Cat (Online)
Superputin, Sly Wolves, & Censorship Stalkers (Online)
Presidents, Olympians, and Feathered Friends (Online)
Santa Claus, Space Aliens, & Robot Cars (Online)
Lions and Lawyers and Baba Yaga, Oh My! (Online)
The Big 100 (Online)
Slavic-Style Spooks (Online)
Rocks, Raps, and Cats in Charge (Online)
Bread and Circuses. And Tetris. (Online)
Putin in Birthdayland and Alice in Wonderland (Online)
Spying for Russia and Flying for Russia (Online)
The Biggest Cheesecake, The Artsiest Robot, and The Spaciest Station (Online)
Guns, Gents, and Stalin (Online)
Evil Clowns, Ballerinas, and Other Movie Monsters (Online)
Fake Countries, Sausages, and Mystery Highways (Online)
Burger Bucks, Dyeing of Shame, and Flying Ballerinas (Online)
Rap battles, Moscow's move, and mixing dating and politics (Online)
Zombies, a Swampy Lake, and a New Shirtless Challenge (Online)
Eating, Drinking, and Putin's New Look (Online)
Paratroopers, Pig Manure, & Plant Killers (Online)
Parties with Putin and the Ruins of Literature (Online)
Royal(ish) Weddings and Toys for the Opposition (Online)
Risqué Ballet and Putin's Grannies (Online)
Toxic Waste, Putin Farms, & Crazy Seals (Online)
Baller Ballerinas, Flying Taxis, & Gardens in the Sky (Online)
Soccer, Sci-Fi, Snipers, and Tsoy (Online)
The Wooly Mammoth of the Past Is the Hotel of the Future (Online)
Celebrating Russian Language Day with Poets, Filmmakers, Journalists, & Robots (Online)
Bananas, Ballerinas, and Bubble Bath (Online)
Russian Youth, Then and Now (Online)
Teffi: The Best Russian Writer You May Not Have Heard Of (Online)
Pop music, Pythons, and Kindergarten on the Run (Online)
The Other Catherine: 7 Facts About Russia's First Empress (Online)
Victory Day and cheeky chess pieces (Online)
Vegans, Frogs, and the Grandmas of Mortal Kombat (Online)
Floods of water, juice, and trendy ostrich photos (Online)
Counterfeit TP and Commuting By Ball (Online)
Cosmonautics Day and Fruit in Disguise (Online)
The bad, the sad, and the ice laser (Online)
Grab a Guinness for Orthodoxy (Online)
Medical tourism, space tourism, imaginary tourism (Online)
Say no to discrimination, ducks, and hugs (Online)
Cats, droids, and acrobatic rock & roll (Online)
100 Years Ago, In a Monarchy Far, Far Away... (Online)
The Kremlin on Ice (Online)
Buddha in a blizzard, tsar in the tropics (Online)
Blogging Bears, Ivan the Terrible Rapper, and a Blob (Online)
Happy Birthday, Vodka! 10 Shots of Trivia (Online)
Bacon, comics, and fairy tales on ice (Online)
Titan of the Russian Forest: An Ivan Shishkin Art Gallery (Online)
The spy who stayed out in the cold (Online)
Exercise! Frozen bikes, illegal yoga, and sturdy stolen statues (Online)
We Fish You A Merry Christmas (and Hanukkah) (Online)
10 Things (And 5 Jokes) You Didn't Know About Brezhnev (Online)
Of mutts and men (Online)
Cartoons, reality TV, and other art forms (Online)
"We invented and changed the world": A Rodchenko Art Gallery (Online)
Abstraction Turns 150: A Vasily Kandinsky Art Gallery (Online)
Art and politics on thin ice (Online)
Giving thanks: Russian beauty, culture, and cats (Online)
Clowns, corruption, and overdue library books (Online)
A new direction for US-Russia relations? (Online)
False history and forensic literature (Online)
Why Stalin's Corpse Was Exhumed on Halloween (Online)
How to name your baby (and not get arrested) (Online)
Can a Martian invasion fix Russia-Europe relations? (Online)
Five Wild Facts about St. Basil's Cathedral (Online)
Solzhenitsyn, Alf, and raccoons all around (Online)
Liquor machines and lullaby missiles (Online)
The Babi Yar Tragedy, Remembered in Poetry (Online)
Tanker, toddler, marketer, spy (Online)
Listen and Learn: Shostakovich Turns 110 (Online)
Bears, boycotts, and busting rhymes (Online)
Siberia's natural wonders meet the Duma elections (Online)
Nomads, salad stampedes, and serious swamp business (Online)
Corruption, Kalashnikovs, and cultured meats (Online)
Tractors, smugglers, and the matryoshka from hell (Online)
Michael Phelps, Russia's swimming champ (Online)
Olympians, Titans, and cats dressed up as sailors (Online)
Fake elections, real Cossacks, and how to do yoga in prison (Online)
5 Pearls of Wisdom from Fazil Iskander (Online)
That's not cheese. It's a cyborg. (Online)
Vasnetsov, Painter and Planet: An Art Gallery (Online)
The First Canine Cosmonauts (Online)
Ivan the Terrible and Pokémon the Great (Online)
Ballooning of strict laws, and ballooning of a hot air balloon (Online)
Get undressed and read the news till you sweat (Online)
What Brexit means for Russian economic and territorial expansion (Online)
Scandals, lies, sci-fi, and other sporting events (Online)
Births: Modern Russia, baby LSDUZ, and lots of leopards (Online)
Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom (Online)
The Corpse of Lenin and the Rebirth of St. Petersburg (Online)
Russians don't need principles. Just submarines (Online)
Quotable Pushkin for Six Everyday Occasions (Online)
Elton John Crocodile Rocks the Kremlin (Online)
Dancing diplomats and dictators' cats (Online)
Catchy beats and milk-soaked scuffles (Online)
Baby bears, cats in debt, and other fuzzy victories (Online)
A Very Russki Cinco de Mayo (Online)
New Foreign Agent Bill Hits Close to Home (Online)
Prizes, spies, and kasha for all (Online)
Icebergs and tigers and starships, oh my! (Online)
A kick in the face of public taste (Online)
What the Panama Papers Mean for Russia (Online)
Katya Everdeenova? No. YA Fiction Set in Russia? Yes. (Online)
Chess, Traffic and Briefcases (Online)
A Tour to Nowhere (in pictures) (Online)
Architecture and unexquisite corpses (Online)
Socialist Realism and Potatoes: The Dmitry Furmanov Story (Online)
Putin, Poetry and Spies (March/April 2016)
The Long Kiosk Goodbye (Online)
8 Sci-Fi Futures That Explain Russia Today (Online)
13 Crazes Proving Putinmania Is Here to Stay (Online)
More Dangerous Than Gunpowder (Online)
5 Reasons Silver is as Precious Poetically as Metallically (Online)
A Survey of Russian Humor (and it rhymes!) (Online)
Poetry, The Russian Riddle, and What Both Have to Do with International Politics (Online)
Pure Poetry, And Then Some (November/December 2015)
Venedikt Erofeev's Art of Alcoholism (and how to say nyet) (Online)
Why Stalin Called Andrei Platonov "Scum" – with 8 Quirky Quotes (Online)
70 Years After Victory, the Battle for Stalingrad Rages On (Online)

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