PROLOGUES: Conversations on Politics and the Arts Between a Russian and an American.
With Gary Corseri and Victor Postnikov
Round One, July and August, 2013
Victor Postnikov: Hi Gary. " Hope everything is fine with you!
Gary Corseri: Hello Victor. "Nice to hear from you! Welcome back from your vacation! I hope you are rejuvenated! How was your trip to the Black Sea?
VP: It really improved my health! Headaches and heartaches are gone! Blood pressure is normal. " The sea was warm and inviting. The only problem is people (pollution). But I lived as a hermit, communicating mostly with spiders and scolopendras. (They are good to me!) Also, the problem is getting there. It's a nuisance -- 18 hours on a stuffy train from Kiev, and then a 90 minute bus ride. "
GC: I suppose it was good to get out of Kiev?
VP: Living here becomes even more problematic! The ceaseless construction and noise make me mad! Nowhere to hide! Seems like my headaches are about to return!
GC: I'm glad to hear the Black Sea was therapeutic for you... but sad to hear about your headaches and other problems in Kiev.
Of course, I was only there about 8 days last year", so I don't have a very good sense of the city's daily life! I did feel it was a BUSY place. It almost seemed like there were at least 2 Kievs--one a more spiritual, laid-back place of old, ubiquitous Eastern-Orthodox churches, with gold-plated dones, and very pleasant parks; and then, another city of nouveau riche racing by in their Mercedes and BMW limousines! There were "average" people and then there were "fast women"--prostitutes, probably--and young guys with too much money thanks to political connections, etc. The new post-Soviet reality of oligarchs and the struggling working class! No wonder you have headaches!
VP: Kiev has changed a lot. " I don't recognise it any more! Once it was a tranquil city with lots of parks and boulevards, life was slow. We called it "Big Village." Now, it's booming with construction, SUVs of the nouveau riches have flooded the streets (and sidewalks). It's hard to walk on the streets!
But" i t seems you are ready to talk politics again!
GC: I never tire of it!
VP: And Literature and the Arts?
GC: That, too!
VP: Shall we continue where we left off? A 2 nd "Prologues" or "Poets' Talk"?