Josh Ellison, editor of Habitus – A Diaspora Journal sits down with several of the many Russian (and former-Soviet Union) Jewish writers in New York. Though the Russian-American Jewish writer is hardly a new literary type, todays emigres and second-generation writers have the ability to move between Russian and American milieus—literary, social, geographic—that their predecessors could never have imagined. What role does Russian culture play in their artistic lives in the U.S.? What perspectives on Russian culture do they gain from their distance? Our conversation will cover immigration, Diaspora relations, the post-Soviet literary legacy, generational divides, and other critical themes that connect the work of this diverse group of writers.

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