It’s been a while since I had mentioned any book recommendations here, and today I really feel like doing just that to start with. Why not to share two little great books that are helping me out a lot?! First one is “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by a japanese author Marie Kondo. Marie “KonMari” Kondo runs an acclaimed consulting business in Tokyo helping clients transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity. This book had sold millions of copies around the world and since then Marie had written three more bestsellers. It’s simply amazing and her techniques are easy to follow. Once you transform your home (and get rid of all the clutter), your life outside of your home starts transforming as well. It really works. Second book was, in fact, inspired by the first one and it’s called “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do” by Sarah Knight. Yes, you might think it sounds a bit harsh, but it is a brilliant, hilarious, and practical parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller that explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt–and give your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy. It is also very easy to follow. Both books are fantastic. Now, you might be skeptical of all these types of books, because you’re obviously very smart, highly educated and opinionated. You know what to do in every situation and generally in life better than anyone else. I get it. But give it a try, if you may, let’s say purely for entertainment purposes. You’ll thank
Our cover story in this issue features our old pal Oleg Frish. Oleg has developed a distinguished career as a noted international celebrity television broadcast host, journalist, recording artist, performer and music historian. We’ve seen him on New York’s WMNB, RTVi, heard him on various radio shows. He’s interviewed a very impressive roster with names like B.B.King and Donna Summer. I called Oleg first about 9-10 years ago in New York and asked him to meet. I was publishing a different magazine back then and was looking for key people in the Tri-state area to help with advertising. And, let me tell you, Oleg was the man to talk to in the Russian advertising scene in New York. We met in some little restaurant on Brighton Beach. I had coffee; Oleg had vareniki. He said “I like you, kid. I’ll see, what I can do for you”. But we both knew he wasn’t going to. We’ve remained friends never-the-less, and would cross paths from time to
time at various functions in New York as well as over phone and email. Oleg is delightful, talented and full of energy. He can move mountains. I hope you enjoy his story while cozying up on your favorite couch with a cup of good Hyson tea (or vareniki).
Talk soon and cheers