We are entering into the final days of 2021. It has been a whirlwind and a roller coaster. The year has felt interminable, and it has gone by in the blink of an eye. There has been hope and there has been frustration. There have been a few successes along the way, and not an inconsiderable number of setbacks. As I reflect on my own year, I can honestly say that I have accomplished more than I might have expected, and leave the year with a positive stance. That outcome was not always a certainty.
The Russians understand the power of art. And, as we all know, power corrupts. The corruption of art is what led to the state-sanctioned control of all forms of art during the Soviet era. It led to the development of the underground art community, exemplified by the likes of Solzhenitsyn and Platonov. It is what raises […]