So, uh, don't really know what that last post was about. Someone, obviously, hacked into my account or something.
Lying on the couch, coping with this morning's hangover, I finished up a quick read:
#18 -- "Lenin's Embalmers" by Ilya Zbarsky and Samuel Hutchinson
This oddity has been languishing on my bookshelf for the better part of a decade -- a quick book by the last of the men involved in the early preservation of Lenin's body.
Some of it is quite interesting -- it's a very good description of the semi-privileged life under Stalin, a viewpoint I don't think I've read before. Some of it I can do without -- the author's relationship to his parents, which is touched upon a lot, doesn't add much of anything.
The most interesting part is really given short shrift -- the role of the preserved body in Soviet society, the cult of personality surrounding the corpse. I would have liked to see more on that and less of the family dynamics.
Ok, back to lying down.