- Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- November 21
- Adda Enterprises
- Born in Russia, family moved to America when I was 12. Got a degree from University of Virginia at 18. Worked for Oracle, translated four books of classical Russian poety, was part of San Francisco and Washington, DC poetry and music scene. Good friends with San Francisco's own Persephone's Bees and acquainted with Patch Adams. Currently married with children, residing in Australia and working on a clean energy technology implementation.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Children and Older People
December 19, 2014 06:49PM
- Children's Poems by Agnia
December 18, 2014 02:40AM
- Songs from Film "Musicians of
December 18, 2014 12:30AM
- Melanie's Artwork
December 16, 2014 10:34PM
- Jews Stand Proud
December 14, 2014 09:48PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “The kid stays with her
and spends one to two days a
me. She is close
November 24, 2014 12:01AM
- “Bill, thanks again for
your efforts to confront this
guy. It takes more
November 07, 2014 02:14AM
- “Thanks Bill. You might
find this one
November 06, 2014 12:42AM
Ilya Shambat's Links
When you are a kid, you want to look older than your age. When you are older, you want to look younger than your age. I've been seeing trends toward both.
Because of hormone additives in the meat, children these days mature a lot younger than they did before. This… Read full post »
Bear was dropped upon the floor,
And had ripped away his paw.
I won't trash him if I could
For the reason he is good.
A calf is walking, swinging,
And sighing all along:
“The board is now ending
I am about to fall.”
Horse… Read full post »
Translations of songs from Russian children's film "Musicians of Bremen."
The Guard Rises Early
Honorable, enviable is our part
The king cannot go without the guard
Where'er we go earth shatters and sings
We're always near, near to the king
The guard… Read full post »
Artwork by my former wife Melanie is at http://www.melaniecoutts.com.au/
After Mel Gibson's film “Passion,” there has been a
resurgence of anti-Jewish ideation. This is a response to that.
Jews have made vast contributions to Western civilization. The number of Jews who have won Nobel Prizes is comparable to that of England and Germany combined, and the Jews ar… Read full post »
For a long time, the fashion industry marketed the anorexic look. The results of this were disastrous. Some women went to extreme extents – including starving themselves – to maintain that look. And others decided that they could never be beautiful, so they let themselves go.
Some femin… Read full post »
American Museum of Russian Culture, with my translations of Russian poetry, can be found on
In some parts of the world, we have seen a resurgence of anti-black ideologies. This is a response to these people from a white man.
For a number of years, I've been a part of a majority-black poetry reading group in Washington. I've found much good in those people.… Read full post »
Translated by Ilya Shambat
for Lilian Shambat
Go to sleep, my little kid,
Do not sleep on edge of bed,
A grey wolf will come at night
And will bite you on the side,
And will take you to the woods,
Underneath a willow bush.
The grey wolf, do… Read full post »
There are many men who complain about marital infidelity or about their wives leaving them. In most of these cases, the men are hypocrites.
An attractive woman will be attractive to other men than oneself. That will inevitably create a temptation for marital infidelity – temptation that will a… Read full post »
Few issues are more important than that of ethics. Throughout millenia, people invented religions, philosophies and ideologies to define what ethics means. My response to all this is that the single central point of ethical inquiry is, Whether what you are doing is making the world a better place or… Read full post »
A few years ago, there were ads on TV asking the question, “Would Jesus drive an SUV?” These ads provoked an angry response from Christian SUV-drivers. However the question is legitimate.
The same people who are into SUVs also tend to claim to believe in individual responsibility. This… Read full post »
For a long time I have been getting on the clock master numbers (numbers such as 5:55 and 11:11). One day I decided to run an experiment. I set four clocks to four different times around the house and recorded every time that I looked at the clock. I found 1… Read full post »
Sartre claimed that love lead to a contradiction between wanting to possess the next person's essence and their freedom as individual.
My response is that love does not requre people to want to possess the next person's essence, and that truly loving relationships do not take that route.
I love my… Read full post »
Unified solution for the world's water and energy needs:
A claim frequently made by skinheads and white supremacists is that they do what they do to defend the Western culture.
My question to them is as follows: What do they know about culture? Has any of them written a poem? Made a painting? Authored a novel? At the same time… Read full post »
There are any number of religious creeds that preach that desire is evil. Most of these creeds are simply wrong on this subject. Not all desires are created equal. There is nothing wrong with the desire for legacy, or the desire for comfort, or the desire for companionship. There is everything… Read full post »
There are many people who hold a belief that people create their reality, that there are no unwilling victims, and that people are fully in charge of everything that happens to them. There are other people who hold the view that everything is fatally or socially determined, that free will is… Read full post »
When I was in Tucson, I ran into a brilliant young Christian evangelist who kept trying to recruit me into Christianity. One of the claims that he made was that he was nothing. Meanwhile this person is a successful international entrepreneur and has climed Mt. McKinley. My question is as follows.… Read full post »
This weekend my ex-wife married another man.
I conducted her down the aisle and gave a speech about how much better it is for people to maintain friendhips with their exes than it is for them to become enemies.
I hope that more people take the same route. Relationship should… Read full post »
I have a friend who looks after her granddaughter. The child's parents live in Sydney and work hard; and they pay money to the child's grandmother so that she would take care of the child.
I think that this is an arrangement that can work for many people. One of… Read full post »
I keep encountering in many places the idea that, if a relationship has in it any amount of need for the other person, then that relationship is codependent; whereas all “healthy” relationships are absent from that need.
So then does it mean that it is sick to seek work when… Read full post »
A concept that keeps running through Christianity is that of original sin. According to this view, Adam sinned against God by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that this sin is passed down through sexual intercourse from generation to generation. This strikes very strongly a… Read full post »
Berlin (CNN) -- Twenty-five years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, much has changed. But former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the lessons learned back then could help restore calm to today's increasingly volatile world.
Speaking to CNN in Berlin, where he is attending… Read full post »