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Entries by Scott Diel from 04/2009

What Hemingway Said

| Posted 04.05.2009 | World

Estonians can put ten million euros behind saying "Welcome" if they want. But I favor crafting a story worthy of Hemingway. The West will swallow it whole.

Battle Stations: Among the Russians

| Posted 04.13.2009 | World

Russian lines take on distinct forms that are not, in fact, lines. They are more elliptical in shape with cells within the larger unit each playing out its own small drama.

And Nice to Meet You, too

| Posted 04.15.2009 | World

Perhaps atypical of Estonian dinner parties, the conversation -- on their part -- flowed. But I couldn't take part. I could only sit and wonder: Who are you people? But I didn't ask. I didn't want to be too American, to pry with invasive questions.

Toilet Tour

| Posted 04.22.2009 | World

A veteran Estonian guide told me many guides won't work with Americans because they act like kids. "I know it's not easy," he said. "But you have to boss them around. It's what they want."

Wanted: Superhero, Eastern Europe Beat

| Posted 04.29.2009 | World

A friend of mine in the United States recently got shot. Now the media says he's a hero. Hero or unfortunate son of a bitch? In America, it's a fine line that separates them.