Yasha Levine

Yasha Levine
A newsletter run by a Soviet immigrant living through American decline. (“The Russians” pod is run with Evgenia Kovda.)
Created 01 Dec 2018
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  • Welcome to Shitdump, California
    23 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 9 0
    I sent out a letter yesterday about toxic human waste and what happens to it out here in California. Right after I hit send, I realized that I totally forgot that back when I was on staff at the legen...
  • San Francisco's out-of-town shit
    23 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 13 8
    I was doing more background research for our water oligarch doc, trying to see how much water is diverted from various rivers in California. And I got diverted myself to a slightly related topic. It d...
  • Private islands, forgotten California oligarchs, and Jewish converts. Say hello to our ruling class.
    19 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 24 8
    I’m sitting in our new place in San Francisco, just around the corner from Haight Street — trying to catch up on some writing and do work on the documentary that I needed to do weeks ago. Yeah, we’re ...
  • Episode #16: Imaginary Futures with Richard Barbrook
    10 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 5
    On the last episode we talked about the Californian Ideology, for this ep we have on the man himself: Richard Barbrook, who co-coined the term and co-wrote the infamous essay back in 1995. He’s still ...
  • Doing some reading: "The Affirmative Action Empire"
    30 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 12 1
    Every time I try to sit down to write about my family’s early Soviet history, I keep getting derailed by some new book or reading I find or some recs sent over by friends and readers. The history of n...
  • Postcard from San Francisco #2
    28 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 13 2
    So it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been back in San Francisco, getting reacquainted with the place where I grew up. And what did I learn today in the three hours I spent pushing a stroller in Golden ...
  • The internet utopia that never was
    26 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 18 2
    I gave a speech earlier today at a conference set up by ISACA in San Francisco where I talked a bit about the early Internet — as a way of trying to explain why this tech never lived up to its utopian...
  • Episode #15: Behind the Silicon Curtain (teaser)
    24 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    We’re back! And we have a new episode from San Francisco, where it looks like we’ll be living for a while. Evgenia and I talk about the enduring power of The Californian Ideology, despite the obvious ...
  • Episode #15: Behind the Silicon Curtain
    24 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 9
    We’re back! And we have a new episode from San Francisco, where it looks like we’ll be living for a while. Evgenia and I talk about the enduring power of The Californian Ideology, despite the obvious ...
  • Soviet Jewish immigrants routed through Belgium? Any of you out there?
    19 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 10 1
    Sara Cosemans, a reader, got in touch with me last week with an interesting request. She’s is a Belgian PhD student researching refugee resettlement and was wondering if I knew any Soviet Jews who wer...
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