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AB №32 – Worldly Aspect



AB №32 – Worldly Aspect

* The Place of Measure (Blues Mondo). T. Apraksina
“It’s not about equality”
* Great and Mighty. What the Old Seer Prophesied. N. Yarygin
“The Russian language itself is a religion”
* The Artist and the Rich Man (translated by A. Kiselyov)
“… and the sea became visible … and Pharaoh, and all his army .., and Moses, and the Israelites, walking through the sea as if across dry land”
* Osip Mandelstam and Martiros Saryan. S. Saryan
“Mandelstam and Saryan formed a unified artistic environment”
* Would You Like to Meet Me? G. Caproni (translated by Y. Sventsitskaya)
“If you’d like to meet me, / look where I don’t exist”
* And I Sing of Loving You. S. Quasimodo (translated by Y. Sventsitskaya)
“Translations of the poetry of ancient Greece are part of the master’s work”
* The Musical Experience of a Listener. E. Cho
“This concerns the deepest level of the life of music”
“The movement of a melody is akin to human life”
* The “Vijuaru Kei” of Japanese Rock. E. Molochkovetskaya
“the fruit of a mixture of ancient Japanese culture, imitation of Western groups and the latest developments in fashion design”
* For Soviet Rock. S. Vasiliev
“I’m not a cretin, just a music fan”
* Blues Report. J. Manteith
“Punks are just good people”
“We’ve simultaneously arrived at Western and Eastern music from the side of shared rebirth”
* The Idea of the University. J.H. Newman (excerpts in translation)
“that alone is liberal knowledge, which stands on its own pretensions”
* The Essence of the Mind. Lama Gendun Rinpoche (translated by V. Ragimov)
“Comprehension of the essence of the mind occurs beyond the reach of the intellect”
* Stages of Formation in the Verbist Order (interview)
“Among the Verbists there’s a special charisma of joy”
“Lord, can I think less and do more? — and if I run too fast, you just grab me by the collar”
* The Positive Tensor of Curvature. V. Lyubeznov
“I dare to suppose He found Himself in infinite space”
“the choice we make… as soon as we hit the ‘singular implosion'”
* Ibn Ezra and His Chess Poem (translated by A. Kiselyov)
“They compete with the power of minds”
* POLEMICS SESSION: Defending Dostoevsky. N. Orlova
“There are no earthly routes of spiritual development that don’t apply to him”
“the free choice of the first postmodernists, Eve and Adam”


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* The Place of Measure (Blues Mondo). T. Apraksina
* Great and Mighty. What ...

Nonoctave attunement

AB 31, our first issue since 1998 to be produced and published entirely in St. Petersburg, is imbued with the ...

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The Apraksin Blues editorial board is pleased to announce the long-awaited publication of AB №30, "On the Way." Authors and ...

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November 9-11, 2019, St. Petersburg, Russia. Editor in chief Tatyana Apraksina and AB supporters in the Apraksin Lane editorial office ...
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Authors, readers, admirers, past and future! And just good smart people!

To everyone who knows us, who know each other, ...

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Composer Gregory Korchmar wrote his cantata If I were known as a violin bow in St. Petersburg, Russia, starting the ...
Tibetan lessons
The historic Apraksin Blues magazine editorial offices in St. Petersburg are hosting regular Tibetan language classes. (Photos by Elena  Starovoitova.)



After many years in a private collection in Germany, eighteen historic paintings and drawings by Tatyana ...

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    The Encyclopedia of “Sweet N”: James Manteith’s presentation from the 50th International Scholarly Conference of the V.I. Startsev International Association of Historical Psychology — Historical and Psychological Aspects of the Fall of the Soviet Union…

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  • In Support of Evolution: Boogie-Woogie Thinking November 24, 2021

    Back in St. Petersburg by the beginning of November 2021, AB’s editors immediately found many opportunities to assess current attitudes toward culture. At the 5th Cultural Congress, in which we took part, we encountered the opinion that the era of the…

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  • Summer Report: Love and Attentiveness June 22, 2021

    Summer has arrived. According to Far Eastern traditions, it’s now a horse month, during which the sages advise to take special care to curb all manifestations of power now faced by and available to many.   Our authors continue to work or rest as b…

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  • Robert Monteith: A Knight for Peace May 27, 2021

    (English translation of a May 17 lecture for the International Association of Historical Psychology conference “Societal Atmosphere on the Eve of the Wars of the 19th and 20th Centuries: Historical and Psychological Aspects”)   — James Manteith (A…

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  • Long Echoes of Contrarian Crusades May 27, 2021

    Presenting on Peacemaker Robert Monteith in St. Petersburg via California   — James Manteith (Apraksin Blues, Mundus Artium Press)   In the wee hours of one morning in May 2021, it was my privilege to have a chance to give a remote Russian-la…

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  • How AB met the New Year in St. Petersburg for the first time in 22 years January 19, 2021

    There’s no tree to be found, only fake ones or bunched branches. But just before New Year’s, a man appears on Garden Street with beautiful real trees brought from the Volosov region. The Haymarket tree fair at is closed due to the pandemic.   AB c…

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  • Voices in the Petersburg Desert December 18, 2020

    For obvious reasons, many have voiced surprise that we, AB editors, decided to make an attempt to come to St. Petersburg in 2020. We were also surprised, and even more surprised it’s happened. We already had enough challenges in 2020: in addition to ou…

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  • Arrival! November 23, 2020

    AB’s editor-in-chief and translation editor will be in St. Petersburg through early 2021. The phone number of the St. Petersburg editorial office is as before: +7 (812) 310-96-40. The Editors

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  • Distance Learning July 4, 2020

    Now, with the release of Apraksin Blues №30, “On the Way,” another crucial phase begins — the stage of readers’ time with the issue, authors’ mindfulness toward each other, and discussion of what it’s all about. For the AB Translations Department, ther…

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  • A beautiful chord: AB in St. Petersburg plays on December 14, 2019 Consonance

    What might be said about the time spent by AB’s editors in St. Petersburg after the presentation of issue 29? Perhaps that it was a time of deepening relationships, joint initiatives and expectations. Let’s review some aspects of this deepening. First,…

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  • Rapid development for AB’s physical existence in St. Petersburg November 13, 2019 T. Apraksina. In Memoriam - Gutnikov. 1986

    Events of recent days hint at a new cycle of development. AB has again made the crossing from California to St. Petersburg. Less than a day after arrival, Tatyana Apraksina managed to reopen a space and sit down to work at her desk in the magazine’s hi…

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  • “Freedom” declared in Petersburg November 2, 2019 Img 5dbe248817f32

    by contributing translation editor James Manteith Photo: Irina Serpuchyonok Just a few days remain until the planned presentation, in St. Petersburg, of the latest issue of Apraksin Blues, №29, “The Career of Freedom.” As in 2015, for the presentation…

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  • Preparing for St. Petersburg October 31, 2019

    What needs translation, in this case and maybe always, is reality.

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