My Favorite Books of 2019
Keeping the world away
The luxury of opting out of digital noise
Meghan Markle's heels
My Favorite Books of 2018
America Online and off
It didn't taste like Pamplemousse
My Favorite Books of 2017
We know the way
Talk at Skeptech - Manuscripts don't burn
The case of the missing Lulu
Good things don't scale
The ghosts of Northeast Philadelphia
What Hidden Figures means to me
American is what's for dinner
My favorite books of 2016
Democracy in the dark
Fix the internet by writing good stuff and being nice to people
Don't forget the milk
Russia's window to the West
My life as a five-minute suburban spy
Me and Markov
This, too, shall pass
We attempt War and Peace
Reading Daniil Kharms
JJ Abrams opens the box of my childhood
Diaper by diaper and bottle by bottle
We are not getting the full story about the choices we make
A Review of the Recent Impressionist Exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Museum
How to think in two languages
Where I end and where she begins
How to become an American Jew
Russian Mom July 2015
Early parenthood in paintings
Reddit was amazing
The pictures I’m not taking
It is hard to talk to my baby in Russian
The one about Friends
No, I will not enjoy every moment
My favorite books of 2014
Waiting to exhale
Pushing to production
This is six years
Just make the damn meal
If you love books, leave Amazon alone
The first rule of Russian club is you don’t use last names
Don’t trust Pinterest pregnancies
Why does American radio suck so much?
Don’t pageclick on this
I can never go back to real life
Purim in Moscow
I’m tired of apps
Hallmark holidays are not my forte
The American dream as seen through Polly Pocket
The show-me state of self-promotion in realtime
In Miami and in Vapiano
Why it’s important to learn how to speak tech
The best books are conversations
Interview with the only person on the planet who hated The Goldfinch
The crapshoot of writing for money
You really shouldn’t have
That movie about Joaquin Phoenix’s mustache
On #sochiproblems as I see them
The snarling crowd in the shadows watching us
How I’ve been avoiding writing: I got a typewriter
The two types of cold
The worst-kept resolutions
The year of free will-y
My favorite books of 2013
The river of our past is drying up
Why I suck at small talk
Venn diagrams that make yuppies sad
Philly still ugly, my research shows
Pinterest is ruining America, and by America I mean Thanksgiving
What we’re sharing during conferences
Boy, European movies sure are depressing
The state of the Jewnion
Women in meth
Putin’s letter to the NYT
Listicle of small things that make me extremely happy
MBA Venn Diagram
Russian Jewish Romance
I suck at socialism
My thinkpiece on Miley Cyrus
Good thing I did all this stuff all summer so I can do nothing in the fall
What I’ve been reading lately
What are the first-worldiest phrases in the NYT motherhood article?
On the Amalfi Coast
Then and now
August Friday Links
Cooking 100 stir-frys
How to get new ideas
Michael Chabon and Prague Tricked Me
The first in a series of blog posts about how Italy lied to me
I am calling bullshit on Italian breakfast
Thursday Video Links
Summer is looking too ambitious
Late Friday Links
La dolce Vika
The laME generation
Here’s a bunch of stuff I wrote about Russia and World War 2
I make a huge writing mistake
Happy May! Friday Links
The world is so huge in May
What people talk about in the spring
Ask and ye shall receive
Better late than never Friday links
A case study in real beauty
Gif posts only from now on
How to be full-on Jewish half of the time
I’m so excited about our authentic Roman holiday
Friday is back!
Songs about normal life
Daylight Savings Time
Markets of Britain Friday links
The banality of evil on Facebook
Well, that’s the last time I’m going to be tricked by a salad bowl
I hate writing my novel
Friday Links is a bucket of sloths!
Writing with others
How do you people drink coffee?
I could be the one to show you Friday Links
Women in combat in the American armed forces
What we think about in the modern age
I’m not making any of this up
I’ll teach you how to flow the Friday Links
Alone in the Siberian wilderness
You can’t understand a man until you cruise a mile in his Beemer
There are only 8 movies my husband and I can watch together
This is what happens when you Friday Links
Did you know there are millennials who are normal people?
January is the worst
Who wore it better?
I did not live until Friday Links
Our own personal telescopes
New Year, New Links
Gerard Depardieu, free agent
Ottawa is for Real Russians
Chico y Rita
Our religion is really just our parents
High-class Vegas Friday Links
I’m a book hoarder
How to watch internet news
Halloween in the city of good and evil
My favorite pictures of menorahs from Instagram
Pocahontas at 26 versus 9
Basketball in Afghanistan and more truth bombs
The tragedy of the human brain
Friday Links are like your little piece of NPR in an MTV world
Why do Eastern European women love leather and fur?
His dad was Baryshnikov, the movie was pure nostalgia in a bottle
Sita Sings the Blues Links
I’m so happy for Ben Affleck
Weekends are for anxiety
Regional Vice Presidents of the Underworld
Marie Laveau and Kirk’s magic voodoo fingers help us fight Sandy
Friday Links have moved!
Friday Links Halloweeny
Mr. B and I plant a tree
Books: Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down
10 books every MBA student should read
The edge of glory
How the other half eats
A form of modern magic
I’m in a book!
God tested me at the Russian store and I failed
I love old stuff
The first day of school in Russia
The art of the slog
I don’t read my Economists
My first and last massage
Judging a book by its cover
Our Father in Heaven, in the Kremlin
Don’t Share This
Older, wiser, but I’m still hate-reading books
Love and Time
I have no girl skills
Two goals for my birthday month
“Hey, how’s your novel going?”
Baseball the Vicki way
Things my husband will not let my buy on Etsy
Sheryl, Anne-Marie, and Marissa are giving bad advice to young women who desperately need good advice
What I’m reading lately
How to have a classy bachelorette party in Philly
Earning the Hebrew accent
It’s always Independence Day in Russia
What are White People complaining about today?
Working Lion and Stay-At-Home Lion
Goodbye, Pixar. I loved you.
Heat hallucinations. And then, a Scottish miracle.
So I found this smartphone with Instagram on it…
A letter of concern to my neighbors
Why do I do this to myself?
How a real show about nothing would go
The recession is over
Seattle and Portland
Mr. B and I are prepared for anything. Anything being either pogroms or the Siege of Leningrad.
Footnote, Late Marriage, and Indie Movie Theaters
My favorite Hipstergram pictures
I basically just paid myself eight cents an hour to learn that I don’t need an MBA
A book review that is also a plea for mercy
New York on a whim
How writers lie (or, eel-hunting)
Philly’s Women in Tech Summit at Wharton: Better than expected!
I found another Russian thing that is terrible for everyone: Russian children’s books
Friday Links, now engineered to make you appear witty and urbane to others.
Remember. And actually do something?
How to really test the limits of your marriage
OH MY GOD MY SCOTLAND EBOOK IS OUT
How a Book Cover Gets Made
BRACE YOURSELVES. IT’S ALMOST HERE.
Goodbye, Cruel World. I ate the sushi.
When you’re editing a book with a hammer, every sentence looks like a nail
Sad Fridge is Sad
Short Conversations with Mr. B about Lermontov
Can anyone recommend a house cleaner who will not murder us?
I spent St. Patrick’s Day exercising. Terrible.
This man will motivate you today
Friday with a Side of Links
What I’m “reading”
Spoiler alert: I found God. He lives in the sketchiest part of North Philly.
You think this guy complained about Mondays?
This post is about four things: Purim, International Women’s Day, my ebook, and, of course, Braveheart
I bet Audrey Hepburn hates everyone
White people experiencing first world problems while reading
On Writing in 2012
Leap Years in Iran
Why is Philadelphia so disgusting?
Still here. Physically. Just not mentally.
How to Write a Travel Piece
Love in the time of Cholera (and other diseases)
This Writer’s Blocked
Charles Dickens’s 200th Birthday
War Horse :(
Test. Don’t mind me. Just a picture.
Le Groundhog Day
Why do Russians love Ferrero Rocher?
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Missing Tax Returns
The Best Books I Read in 2011
The internet is making us stupid (or, I’m better than you because I broke my phone)
Random pictures from the UK with snarky commentary that didn’t fit into any other posts
Scotland the Brave (and loch-y): Glasgow, Glencoe, Loch Ness, and the Highlands
Stop SOPA, stop censorship.
A glimpse into the Edwardian period
How I misinterpret Russian song lyrics
Scotland the Brave: It’s about to get a little anti-Semitic up in Edinburgh. Also, rainy.
My MBA: Paying thousands of dollars to mess around with Photoshop
Scotland the Brave (but STILL INCREDIBLY rainy): The Lochs and Stirling Castle
A Guest Post about Outlander by Diana Gabaldon