Cher Public

  • DeepSouthSenior: Last month, Mrs. DSS and I took a preacher friend and his wife to their first opera – The Live in HD Summer Encore... 9:20 PM
  • Camille: ‘Twould be a SCANDALE if she didn’t ever do the Duchess of K.— She’d mop the floor with all them other fools on... 8:48 PM
  • Camille: What? All this sex and bustiers and Der ZeeWoolfe mentions neither the Turandot or the Liù? What’s up? Edit? Nary a... 8:42 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: At least this is fun to watch: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=RczD Mrh8cSU 8:31 PM
  • LT: And then they say she had an ugly voice. 8:27 PM
  • kashania: Camille: There’s still time for the Duchess of Krakenthorp! 8:27 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Love Parterre headline here. For me it’s not a question of gender identity, but of Hoffmann’s impotence... 8:25 PM
  • kashania: And Thomas Hampson will be taking on Mime. 8:25 PM

The end of glasnost?


When Mikhail Gorbachev assumed the mantle of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1985, a palpable change was felt in the air, from Novosibirsk to East Berlin. Words like glasnost (openness) and perestroika (restructuring) began to replace the gradually outmoded Leninist philosophies that had become warped under Stalin and Andropov. The possibilities were palpable, and soon manifested into thousands of Muscovites calling for Gorbachev to resign in 1990, following the latter half of the decade teeming with what David Remnick aptly described for the New Yorker as “argument, truth-telling, irony, hysteria, and scandal” on state television.   Read more »