No Victory in Sight in Russia’s Great Memetic War



As I write this, Moscow is clearing up after the latest Great Patriotic War nostalgia-fest. The Victory Day parade is a chance to remember past glories, drink, wear a pilotka and, for those of us disposed to that kind of thing, ooh and aah at the squat-turreted tanks and phallic missiles clanking and clattering their way through the city.

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Putin: the man who arranges the blocks



The entirely brilliant Complete History Of The Soviet Union, Arranged To The Melody Of Tetris by Pig With The Face Of A Boy, encapsulates what we could call Russia’s long century – from the start of the twentieth century to the present – with the tale of “the man who arranges the blocks that descend upon [him] from up above.”

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