Night & Day Archives » Night & Day

From Russia with Love


Richard Wirick and his wife adopted a Siberian daughter. As with many adoptive parents, the Wiricks felt it was important for her to know the culture of her native country. Richard had lived in Siberia almost two years and had some experience with the strange, mournful and magical nature of this mostly frozen land. With poetic skill, Wirick distilled his Siberian experiences into One Hundred Siberian Postcards, a book of vignettes that features shamans, bits of Siberian myth and history, regional customs, and a beguiling sense of magical realism. In "No. 4: Loved a Woman Who Wasn't Clean," Wirick writes of a Tatar woman who listens to rap music broadcast from a Moscow radio station, drinks grain alcohol and Armenian cognac, and leaves the aroma of kerosene and pine-scented gravel in her wake. Wirick reads from and discusses One Hundred Siberian Postcards at 7 p.m. at Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-6731 or Admission is free and books will be available for purchase.
Tue., April 1, 2008

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.