Nick Cherniavsky, Harbin, Manchuria 1924 - Chicago 2007 | Bleader

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Nick Cherniavsky, Harbin, Manchuria 1924 - Chicago 2007

Posted By on 02.05.08 at 01:26 PM

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

They were all dismayed by Rockford. They had been expecting one of America's fabulous cosmopolitan cities, gleaming with wealth and excitement; the train left them in an industrial town deep in a wintry countryside. Their sponsors were nice people but appeared to think that everybody in China lived in mud huts: on the first day, they took their guests on a proud tour, plainly expecting them to be dazzled by Rockford's meager attractions -- the corner drugstore and soda fountain, the little downtown movie theater, the car dealership near the main highway, the glass and steel roadside diner where the truckers ate ... for once Maria spoke for the whole family: she kept saying in Russian, "Well, it's just like some little peasant village, isn't it?" No one could figure out a way of translating this so as not to cause offense.

This is how to write an obit. Lee Sandlin's piece "Saving His Life," originally published in the Reader in 1998, is also coming out in a special limited edition from Sherwin Beach Press.

Tags: ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Whet Moser

  • —30—

    A farewell, and some favorite pieces from the Reader.
    • Jan 14, 2011
  • The Very Political Life of Bill Daley

    Bill Daley: lifetime centrist
    • Jan 14, 2011
  • The Hidden Hands

    The Hidden Hands

    In every successful campaign—and every dud—pros are masterminding and organizing from offstage. Meet the people behind six mayoral candidates.
    • Jan 13, 2011
  • More »

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories