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09.11.13 Lewd Linguist

“Come in, have a seat! Shall I make tea? I’ve got plenty of vodka! Want some cherries? Bread? I could cook you some chicken…” This is invariably how I’m greeted whenever I meet someone Russian. It doesn’t matter if he opens the door naked, if we’re just going to watch TV, or if the camera’s […]

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08.14.13 Lewd Linguist

India’s not the best place to be a raging homosexual but it’s certainly not the worst. There’s one legally-married gay couple, and their biggest export is the campy musical, most notably the three-hour twerk dramas of Shahrukh Khan. There’s also the Holi festival for people who want to be rainbows. India has 22 officially recognized […]

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