Trapped like a rat

Friday morning. The word of the day is nascent.

The New York Times thinks America has a freedom of speech problem.

Molly McKew is worried that Putin will do something crazy.

The sanction-shuttered McDonald’s in Russia are being converted into a local chain called Uncle Vanya’s. Chekhov must be rolling in his grave.

Speaking of Uncle Vanya, Peter Marks writes about the movie Drive My Car, centered on the Chekhov play. It’s a long, dark, complex film that channels a long, dark, complex play. One of the best movies I’ve seen in a while.

And Arnold has a message for the Russian people. Very powerful stuff. Like something out of a movie.

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