Michael Idov is a contributing editor at New York Magazine and the author of the 2009 novel Ground Up, published in English as well as Idov's own Russian translation. His essays have appeared in numerous publications including GQ, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic. He lives in New York City.
Boris Kachka is a journalist and author whose writing has been published in New York Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and Russia! Magazine.
Vitaly Komar ia a conceptual artist and, together with Alexander Melamid, one of the founders of the Sots Art movement. His work has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and at the Venice Biennale.
Gary Shteyngart is the best-selling author of fiction including The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and The New York Times.
Lara Vapnyar is the author of the novel Memoirs of a Muse and a collection of short stories, There Are Jews in My House. Her work has been published in The New Yorker and Harper's Magazine.
I bought this for my husband who is interested in Eastern Europe/Communist style items and culture, and he could not put it down. Read morePublished 11 months ago by konacoffee
This book is truly fun, looking at what were once common Soviet items and providing humorous stories relating to how they worked (or didn't). Read morePublished 12 months ago by James D. Crabtree
Radio producer Roman Mars and I profiled Idov this book on the design podcast "99% Invisible." If you're interested in Soviet design, you can hear some of the items so well... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by Julia Barton