Thus far I have been very fortunate to have a very astute following on this blog. Whereas comments sections on many blogs and internet sites resemble fantasy dungeons filled with unholy horror, many of the commentators here clearly have real life experience with the issues being discussed and their contributions bring insight. I’m not trying to pander here, it’s just that I realize that the future success of this blog will inevitably bring in let us say, not so insightful comments. So while I have the attention of the chosen few, I’d like to make a special announcement.
I am going to be beginning work on my first book very soon. The working title is “A No-BS Guide to Russia,” but that is highly subject to change. Obviously I have my own ideas for the book, but I want to give others a chance to share ideas they would like to see me cover in such a book. I’d like people to feel assured that there’s at least one thing in this book that truly speaks directly to their experience. If there’s something about other guides to Russia, expat literature, or Russia coverage in the media which still grates on your eyes and ears, feel free to share it in the comments. Here are some topics I plan to cover:
-Expat literature like The Element, Moscow Times, Expat.ru etc. Are there any particularly terrible examples you would like to share?
-Ridiculously romantic prose in guidebooks about Russia
-Americans or other Westerners who blog about Russia without having been there or without having spent any significant amount of time in Russia.
Rest assured that anyone contributing something really good will be listed in the Acknowledgements section.