Category Archives: Eesti

Why Stories Favor The Last Man Standing

Part of the writer’s responsibility is to know how he’s portraying the world. This is complicated by the fact that there are a few things common to the storytelling that are ultimately going to result in an inaccurate version of … Continue reading

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What Kalevipoeg Means to Me

After my Kalevipoeg essay for an Estonian Culture class in an English language Baltic Studies program at the University of Tartu,  I was asked about what the story had meant to me. This was my response. As a wannabe writer, … Continue reading

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Movies Watched in 2017 Part 1

  I set a challenge for myself on a message board this year to watch at least 100 movies. And as a way to encourage myself to watch older movies, I went with a sub-challenge of picking ten films per … Continue reading

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Estonia in the Republican Presidential Debate

The good news is that Estonia came up in the Trumpless Republican presidential debate. The bad news is that it’s in the context of potential invasion by Russia. From the transcript. BAIER: I’d like to ask you a few questions … Continue reading

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Academy Award Predictions

With the Oscar nominations coming out, I’m going to make my educated guess on who is going to be happiest tomorrow. Best Picture I’m guessing all five SAG nominees get nominated in a larger group, so that would be Beasts … Continue reading

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Estonia In The Media

With Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, Estonia’s in the news. The Daily Beast had a profile on President Toomas Ilves‘s efforts to fight back against Putin. So, where should the West focus its attention? Ilves’ eyes light up and he repeats one … Continue reading

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Sugarman’s Estonian Friend

Recently, I watched the documentary Searching For Sugarman about Sixto Rodriguez, an obscure psychedelic rock figure from the 1970s whose music was immensely popular in South Africa.  It’s shocking, I know, but a film that was universally acclaimed and seemed to … Continue reading

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