Culture & Arts writing

Examples of recent work:

Ten Books that Help us Understand Ukraine (Toest)

Literature is key to our understanding of the world, and literature is often an antidote to propaganda. Thus, few days after the start of the invasion, I compiled a list of ten influential books from both Ukrainian and Russian authors.

The War for History, the Warring Histories (Literary Journal)

In this essay, written in the aftermath of the Russian attack on Ukraine, I reflect on my generation’s legacy of living in a post-End of History era. Have we reckoned with out communist past and have we found salvation West, as promised, and what does that mean for us as “Easterners”? I argue that now, more than ever, we have a responsibility to history, lest we end up repeating yet again.

Coverage of Nobel Prize Winner Olga Tokarczuk’s visit to Bulgaria (Literary Journal)

Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk visited Bulgaria in June and I had the honor to closely follow her time in Sofia. What does contemporary literature and more specifically Central and Eastern European literature look like through Tokarczuk’s lense, and are we right to believe that the region is living in a Golden Age of writing?

Jacob Lawrence: When History Becomes Art (Toest)

Working at a time when art was expected to be “out there” by default, Jacob Lawrence chose another path, without sacrificing originality of style nor historical importance. The result was an astonishingly distinct artistic fingerprint which remains recognizable and relevant to this day. I expanded on his story by covering the exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC.

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