A Cold War anniversary reminds us not to take history for granted
Why the philo-Semitic Republic of Georgia has no Jews
Regina Spektor’s new album finds the human in the divine
Celebrating Hanukkah—and my grandfather’s birthday—whether behind drawn curtains in Latvia or openly in Canada
The music of central Asia by way of Queen
A dubious portrait of Shostakovich as dissident has been debunked, but motifs in his work underscore his discord with Soviet power.