Lana V Lynx
Avid reader and occasional writer of satire and dystopia under a pen name of my favorite wild cat.
The GULAG Archipelago
I've lived long enough now to feel that books rarely change me. Probably the last one was Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt that I read in 2004 or 2005, early in my doctoral program. Even then I wouldn't say that it changed me as much as it shook me in realization that human history was full of misery and suffering universally until quite recently and that we are probably living in the best human times in terms of life's comfort and personal security. And it all is incredibly fragile.
ChatGPT Hallucination Effect Illustrated
I have just started teaching a Public Relations Writing class today. My department has introduced the new AI policy which sounds as follows: "Students are allowed to use AI platforms for research (but: be mindful of the “hallucination effect”!) and generation of ideas. Partial use of AI-generated content is allowed in students’ original works such as home assignments, essays and final papers. However, similar to citing other primary, secondary, and tertiary sources, AI-generated content must be clearly referenced and attributed. Using AI-generated content without proper attribution will be treated as cheating and acted upon in accordance with the college policies on cheating."
The Master and Margarita - Critique
Bulgakov’s novel is arguably the world’s best-known work by a twentieth century Russian writer. However, Bulgakov would have been horrified that his “novel-temptation by evil” became a part of mass culture. He wrote it for one reader - Stalin - appealing to set free dissident writers kept in lunatic asylums.
- Top Story - August 2023
War & Peace
The Russian word "mir" (peace) has another meaning - "world, society." While translating the novel's title as "War and Peace" is logical for juxtopposition, Tolstoy's main goal was to show how war affects the world. It is Natasha's love and life story in the context of war, peace, and society.
It was my graduation ceremony date. I loved that it was scheduled for 08.08.08. The date was easy to remember and I saw perhaps an unjustified significance in that sequence of numbers. It took me 4.5 years to finish my doctoral program at LSU, and my hard work and joys and tears of going through it as a single mother of a toddler was already paying off: I was about to start my first job in the United States at Georgia State University.
To Tell Or Not To Tell - 2
Paul and Julie met in college at a party and fell in love almost right away. He was a software engineering senior, and she was a second-year accounting student. After he graduated, Paul enrolled himself into a two-year MBA program at the same college so that Julie could catch up with him. They got married right after they both graduated. They did not want to have kids right away, being young professionals and enjoying life together. They traveled a lot, both at home and internationally, mostly for his work as an up-and-coming international IT consultant. They attended a lot of parties and concerts, and generally led what some would call a bohemian urban life.