Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Perfect Day to Read a Soviet Defector's Story While Sipping Russian Tea

What a blustery, frosty day here in the Big Land of Open Carry. It's the perfect time to put on the kettle, fluff up my favorite spot on the couch, pluck a book from the shelf, and immerse myself in the printed page. 

I think I'll dig into an old and favorite true mystery, the case of Soviet defector Anatoliy Golitsyn. It's been a while since I delved into his New Lies for Old. I shall read it while sipping some delicate Russian tea that The Baroness brought when she was here for our Cooking With the Troops planning session.

Oh... the canon? That was my dad's. Yes; it works. With ten-gauge shotgun shells.


7 comments:

J.T. said...

What an intriguing collection of books. Not surprising for a woman of intrigue.

OldAFSarge said...

A very nice book collection SKK. Oh, the cannon's nice as well.

LongTabSigO said...

I don't take enough time to just read (for pleasure or mind expansion).

Something to work into my 2013 battle rhythm.

Susan Katz Keating said...

Why, thank you, gents. The cannon is beyond cool. It's made of brass and wood. Long-Tab, I love reading so much, I don't even own a television!

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Love the book collection! Recommend also "The Venona Secrets", written in the mid-90s while much of the KGB archives were still to be had. Excellent, and enlightening, work.

chief torpedoman said...

The brass cannon is indeed nice. Back when I was on the Nicholson (DD-982), we had a pair of brass cannon on the quarterdeck. I guess they were about 3 feet long, not including the gun carrage and the da*n thing were heavy as heck.

Of course the sailors had to polish that brash and they did look good when they were shined up, but they were a bear to move and stow for sea. Wish I had a picture of them. Not sure where they went when the ship was decommisioned.

Susan Katz Keating said...

URR, I shall have to add the Venona book to the mix - thank you for the suggestion! That is another fascinating tale, filled with drama and intrigue.

Chief T, long time no see! Welcome back! Are you serious - brass cannons that big? Holy cow. They must have weighed a ton. I would love to have seen them. Thank you for that bit of info. I never knew we had such creatures in our inventory.