Thursday, October 17, 2013

The decline and fall of the village of Mudhole

The NYT has a photo essay about the sad state of the villages along the highway that runs from St. Petersburg to Moscow, in which the villagers encountered along the way lament their neglect at the hands of the Russian government since the fall of the Soviet Union. But I am perplexed. These are places named things like "Cockroachville" and "Black Dirt." If this is how optimistic their first residents were about these locales, how much could they really have declined since their glory days?


Withywindle said...

Black Dirt would be good soil in the American South; maybe in Russia too?

Russian history is infinitely depressing; one reason I never specialized in it.

Miss Self-Important said...

I considered that possibility as well, but I don't know what other dirt color options are. Is it that we advertise black dirt as against sand, or neon green dirt from nearby nuclear accidents? And what of Cockroachville? A place full of natural fertilizer?

Withywindle said...

Cockroachville I can't defend.