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Alexander Mikhaylov

Alexander Mikhaylov

I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. Once I’d tried to be everything: a rock musician, a street sweeper, a carpenter, a circus clock room attendant, a night guard, an artist, a music instructor, and a rock group manager. I emigrated to USA as political refugee in 1989. I’ve been living in Europe for the last eight years.
 
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 Jorge Pesantez: Thank you for a great birthday present!Jorge Pesantez: Thank you for a great birthday present! by Alexander Mikhaylov
Oh, my! Am I getting older? Apparently I am. Just last week I celebrated my birthday (43rd, it was). I received two presents. One was from my wife (she knows I love presents). The other one was from the guy whom I had never seen before and will pr
 Short trip to ban'osShort trip to ban'os by Alexander Mikhaylov
Sometimes I grow frustrated with my pathological laziness. Consider this: to live in a Spanish speaking country for a year and never learn to speak Spanish properly – just how lazy can you be? I have gained knowledge of a number of words
 On being an artistOn being an artist by Alexander Mikhaylov
I started to write at the age of nine, which was not a rare activity for a kid of my age – many of my peers did the same thing. We were born in a culture where writing poetry and short stories were considered a normal pastime, a game that wo
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 Prague ZooPrague Zoo by Alexander Mikhaylov
It is yet another hot and dusty afternoon, full of laziness and dog shit, drying on pavement. Valerie and I are resting on a bench in the Prague Zoo’s picnic area, holding half empty beer cups, smoking and admiring the view. It is surpris
 On the power of dreamsOn the power of dreams by Alexander Mikhaylov
People underestimate the power of dreams. Of course, taken out of a context, the very word ‘dream’ might be a bit confusing.  Merriam – Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary defines a dream as - ‘a series of th
 EmbarrassmentEmbarrassment by Alexander Mikhaylov
Surprise, surprise… Is it true or not? Notorious critic of the Soviet Invasion and Russia-hater Milan Kundera is a former Secret Police spy. Wow! I wonder how many people are gloating over this fact now. I am not sure if I feel like gloating
 "Ecuador, me and all those cats""Ecuador, me and all those cats" by Alexander Mikhaylov
It is a quiet afternoon, maybe a bit too quiet for my liking On the other hand, it is a perfect time toGo ahead and try to do some work,How about some work?Trudging upstairsEntering a te
 Foreigners, go away!Foreigners, go away! by Alexander Mikhaylov
When you travel extensively, or indeed live in various countries for years, you cannot avoid getting acquainted with different cultures. Personally, I always enjoy it, even though moving from place to place comes with a price,
 "Lonely devil""Lonely devil" by Alexander Mikhaylov
Loneliness...Without bounds, borders...For how many years? Only lonelinessComplete, unbreakable, the wall… The desert, the ocean, the sky…They speak of cultures, countries, p
 Living on River GuayaLiving on River Guaya by Alexander Mikhaylov
River Guaya that borders an Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, is awfully wide. In morning, it rises with a high tide, swelling as it goes, then stops and turns the other way around, exposing a narrow strip of mud along its banks, littered with rubb
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