The Lifeboat

The Lifeboat
Essays, stories and notes on writing, life, culture and art in the digital age.
Created 13 Mar 2021
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  • Brainlephant
    19 Oct 2021 • 23 min read • 3 0
    by Davide Bonazzi As a kid, Felix Futzbucker dreamed of being an elephant. These animals had always aroused his imagination - stark grey boulders, eared icebreakers cutting through a sea of grass, rat...
  • On Starlings
    09 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 3 1
    Dear wanderer, Have you ever seated on a bench in a park when the weather is good, not great yet not terrible, when green water in a pond and the sound around are being still and only birds dare to di...
  • Cynic, by Chekhov
    06 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 3 0
    Dear wanderer, I enjoyed translating Two Newspapermen and decided to translate one more. I didn’t look up much if it has been translated already but it belongs to the same short story collection as Tw...
  • On Graphomania
    01 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 5 0
    Dear wanderer, Productivity gurus have taken everything from us, perverted or romanticised. Activities such as walking, journaling, reading, breathing, tweeting, talking, fucking and others have acqui...
  • On Watching 'Network' (1976)
    25 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 3 3
    Reading and translating Chekhov's Two Newspapermen finally nudged me to write a review on one of my favourite films, Network (1976). You will see the connection. This masterpiece was sadly overlooked ...
  • On Names and Pseudonyms
    18 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 8 6
    Names are weird. Take “Ivan”, for instance. There's Ivan Bunin, a Russian writer and a Nobel laureate; there's Ivan IV the Terrible (or the Formidable), the first Moscow ruler who declared himself tsa...
  • Machine Against Mediocrity
    13 Sep 2021 • 11 min read • 5 0
    Generating Reality Imagine a world, where AI can generate photo-realistic pictures of anything and everything: humans, animals, nature, or any object – even synthesised on-demand with a given descript...
  • 152 days At Sea
    11 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 4 4
    Dear wanderer, Time to wrap up all the work done last month and share some links. Few important updates before we start… Firstly, as all of you know or could have guessed, I’m Russian but the name you...
  • Candy Wrappers
    05 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 4 2
    The day was ruined. Oscar ran into his room, slammed the door, jumped on the bed, and, huddled, turned his face against the wall. A minute later, the door creaked and a gentle voice sneaked into the r...
  • The Lifeboat: Links - 2021.09.03
    03 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 2 0
    Dear wanderer, Another week flew by. Another email flew into your inbox. It’s filled with links. It’s stuffed with ideas. It is yours (was mine, now yours). Aivazovsky again Last week I published some...
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