The idea has recently been presented to me (by a Russian) that the underlying emotion below all Russian psychology is fear. Fear is the base, the foundation out of which all other reactions and emotions grow. Fear of police. Fear of being turned in. Fear of neighbors. Life in Soviet times instilled this bedrock into much, if not all of the citizenry.
How does this fit into Machine Gunner? We have no immediate answer for this. I am driven to think that it is an essential element that we have been missing from the Young Man. The bedrock of fear that drives his behavior. Let us explore. Next week: rehearsal and brainstorming retreat in New York City. Lots to think about. Lots to look forward to.