poemless. a slap in the face of public taste.

August 7, 2009

i answer your questions. or, ladies and gentlemen, an act of shameless desperation.

Filed under: Culture: Russia,Meta — poemless @ 1:59 PM

Mr. Sublime Oblivion, a.k.a. Da Russophile, a.k.a. Anatoly has inquired to ask if adding my blog to his blogroll with make him as cool as Sean & I. (I deny being in Sean’s league of coolness.) The answer is a resounding “YES!” It will make you rock star cool if you add me to your blogroll. Maybe you cannot afford a pair of cowboy boots in this economy. Adding me to a blogroll is free! Also, if you take a look over to the right, you will see my blogroll. If you are on it, and do not add me to your blogroll, not only will you be destined for supreme uncoolness, you will make me a sad and bitter girl. And you don’t want me to be sad and bitter. Because I am also a writer. And sad and bitter writers tend to pose a danger to society and themselves. Or they become cult-like famous and draw readership away from more talented, emotionally stable writers, like yourselves. Or they are just profoundly annoying. Know what I mean?

Oh, and if you look and find you are not on my blogroll, let me know.

Also, while you are thinking about acknowledging me in your blogroll, you may also be wondering what else you can do to be cool. You can do what Lyndon at Scraps of Moscow did and refer to this blog in a post on your own. And we all know how cool Lyndon is!

If you have done all that and are still not content with your level of personal cool, … eh, you’re on your own after that. Sorry kids.

Spasibo bolshoe, y’all.

And for your thoughtfulness, a song. I had that crazy Lou Reed song in my head forever until I posted it, and then, magically, it wasn’t any longer. So from now on every time I get a song stuck in my head, I will post it, so I can move on with my life. I think that’s why people are constantly posting the Gazprom song. Gah! Just thinking about that has it in my head again! No, I won’t torture you with that. Or maybe I will, if you leave me off your blogroll. That could be my revenge! I trust you to do the right thing, however, so here is one I think you will actually enjoy:

Aквариум “Hавигатор” (“Navigator,” by Akvarium.)


  1. Well, if i had a blogroll you would definitely be on it … but I haven’t gotten that far yet. Sigh.

    Comment by Melissa — August 7, 2009 @ 4:14 PM | Reply

    • Does LJ (or “ZheZhe” as some of us call it) even have that option?

      One of my pet peeves about writing at European Tribune was not being able to have a blogroll. It’s not just an act of recognition but an easy way to let people know where you get your info from, whose opinions you value, etc. I’d be in the dark without other people’s blogrolls.

      Comment by poemless — August 7, 2009 @ 4:20 PM | Reply

  2. You’re pretty cool, but don’t feel bad for not being quite in SG’s league of cool. So very few are.

    Comment by W. Shedd — August 7, 2009 @ 4:38 PM | Reply

    • Are you ever going to start your blog again?

      Comment by poemless — August 7, 2009 @ 4:41 PM | Reply

  3. Maybe you can find a cookbook to blog your way through like that JULIE AND JULIA blogger?

    (He ducks waiting for the frying pan to fly over his head.)

    Comment by EdgewaterJoe — August 7, 2009 @ 4:46 PM | Reply

  4. *soundtrack*

    added to the Sublime Blogdiroll, my poemless

    The eXile got exiled well before I became known in the Russia-watching-blogging-world, so we can’t really use the “I got published in the eXile”-measure as a scientific yardstick for cool. That said, I am certainly not one to deny the coolness of da Sean.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — August 8, 2009 @ 4:33 AM | Reply

  5. I do not appear to be on the blogroll.

    Comment by J. Otto Pohl — August 11, 2009 @ 12:57 AM | Reply

    • No – you are not. Or were not. Thanks for the heads up. I’ve skimmed through your blog before – but know very little about that part of the world. I’m only just now getting around to educating myself on the Caucasus, reading King’s “Ghost of Freedom.”

      Comment by poemless — August 11, 2009 @ 9:50 AM | Reply

  6. Well I am in Central Asia not the Caucasus, but a lot of times they get grouped together. I will add you to my blogroll later today.

    Comment by J. Otto Pohl — August 12, 2009 @ 12:04 AM | Reply

    • LOL. Ok, you know when I said I know very little about that part of the world? One of the few things I know is that Kyrgyzstan is in Central Asia. 🙂 Jeez, you must think terribly of me! I actually do have to know these things for my job. And when I said “I’m only just now getting around to educating myself on the Caucasus” I meant, “and it will probably be a while longer before I even attempt to tackle Central Asia.”


      Comment by poemless — August 12, 2009 @ 1:39 PM | Reply

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