Kirill Medvedev’s “It’s No Good”


Part A: Kirill Medvedev’s “It is No Good.”

Having been edited and introduced by Keith Gessen, “It is No Good”comprises of chosen poems from Krill Medvedev’s poetry booksincluding his most important essays. From Keith Gessen’sintroduction, it arouses a number or questions including (1) why doyou think Krill Medvedev announces on his website: “I absolutelyhave no copyright over my texts and cannot ever have such kind ofright?” (2) Why did Keith Gessen choose to translate KeithMedvedev work and not any other person? (3) According to KeithGessen, Medvedev was set apart and often got into the claws of somecritics. Why made Krill Medvedev unique? From his announcement onwithdrawal from the literary world, Krill Medvedev stated: “Thisisn’t a heroic pose or a PR stunt, neither is it an attempt toimprove publishing prospects of my own.” Why do you think KrillMedvedev withdraw from the literary world?

From Keith Gessen’s most recent article “Brief History of aSmall Office” on n+1, what were his intentions of writing thearticle? Was the article based on real life experience? From thearticle, Keith mentioned that some people may have been involved withthe magazine not entirely on the goodwill. The question is, whatexactly in the article did Keith meant by “academic careeradvancement equaled sex, social life, and parties,” and how dosocial life contribute to a person’s career growth.

In the article, Keith says that the magazine was first growing andthat some publication of hipster books and change in rates to justthree issues a year played a part in his involvement with otherpublications including “The Art of Fielding.” How many novels ornovels have Keith Gossen been involved in? Lastly, what are some ofthe projects is he currently working on?

Part B: Review

On the first paragraph, the author of the article gives essentialpoints concerning the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers. The writersupports his/ her points by using valid academic sources and startsby telling the audience when the committee was registered. Inaddition, in the introduction part, the writer introduces thecommittee to the readers, explaining its purpose and the founders.The first paragraph flows well, and the reader’s mind is fullyaware of what the paper is about.

On the second paragraph, the writer outlines the primary function ofthe committee, explaining that “The committee fights for militaryreforms to do away with rules that put the rights of military men andwomen at risk.” The author also portrays the committee’simportance to the society by arguing that it plays a role inpromoting human rights. However, I wish the author explained thefollowing issues:

  1. What challenges does the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers

  2. What are the funding sources of the committee?

  3. Which human rights does the Committee promote?

  4. Has the committee gained international recognition?

  5. Who is the active leader/ chairperson of the committee?

In conclusion, the writer does a good job since he/ she touched onthe important points about the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers.Additionally, the author uses impeccable grammar and style to drivehis/ her points home. Lastly, the use of peer-reviewed sourcessupports the author’s arguments and the reader can easily believethe factual truths of the author.


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