May 12 - Why I Go to Russia

Why I Go to Russia
(I'll be there May 16-26)

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Dialogue from The Russia House (movie):
Barley answering the question: “Why do you go to Russia so often?”

I love the place. It draws me.
It's such a shambles!
They try so hard, from so far back...
Poor buggers. They just want to be like us!
They have this huge heart and... huge ignorance.
And they always keep their word.

But you've got to be there.
You're taking a leak in some filthy public urinal,
and the man in the next stall leans across 
and asks you about God, or Kafka,
or freedom versus responsibility.

So you tell him. Because you know. 
Because you're from the West.
And you think, "What a great country."
That's why I love them. And they're very fond of me.