Conversations on the Arts, Politics and Science Between a Russian and an
American. (Honored Guests Included!)
With Gary Corseri and Victor Postnikov
CYCLE One, June and July, 2013
Victor. "I believe it is about 1 month since our last electronic exchanges.
Much has happened!
Referring to your note
about the Russian/American anthology of poetry that looms ahead for you... and,
especially, your comment that "the poets of both cultures should be
conversing with one another," and certainly not forgetting your comment
that you would be "delighted" if we were to work on such a project
together (as I would be), I want to run a certain idea past you now.
In the past couple of
weeks, tensions between the US and Russia have been much in the news here--first,
concerning divergent approaches and alliances regarding Syria, the G-8 meeting,
etc. Following that, even more news of tensions relating to the spying case of
Edward Snowden, statements made by Obama and Kerry here, and Putin and Lavrov
Postnikov: Yes, I follow the latest news with zest, and I am worried about
the growing tension between the US and Russia. At the same time, I'm well aware
that the state surveillance never seized on both sides of the Atlantic. A lot of
spies remained from the Cold War period. I have always felt disgust towards all
state spies. Of course, I don't consider
Snowden a "state spy"! He is an
C: I, too, follow events "with
zest"! I have had trouble for several decades (!) accepting the idea that
politics and the Arts are separable! In fact, why shouldn't the Arts be
informed by interesting, provocative
thought in the sciences, technologies, religion, spirituality, etc.? Is this
not a hodge-podge universe with all kinds of interwoven themes that
artists--and other thinkers--are trying to interpret in order to bring the
Whole--at least our little part of it--together?
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