Apr. 18th, 2017

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Apr. 18th, 2017 03:36 pm
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I've been looking into life behind the iron curtain for a recent story. This has been amazing. Life behind the Iron Curtain was like a real parallel universe, where everything that we knew in the west was duplicated over there, but not in the same way or with the same purposes. I'm not too deep into this rabbit hole yet, but I see myself leaning over. Who needs SF when you have Soviet Progressive Rock?

Much of my perception of life in the USSR comes from US propaganda. The aha moments comes from realization that people still dated, mated raised kids, watched movies, acted cool, tried to get girls, had to work with the people around them, and kept on doing all that stuff of making culture regardless of who ran the government. And like the west, they rebuilt after WW2, followed similar architectural trends, developed motorcars, defended themselves against their enemies, and exported goods all over the communist world.

It's a different world. Literally different.

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