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  • He was one of a group called stilyagi—literally “stylish people,” but generally a term of contempt.

    Staying Tuned

  • Postrel's most moving example of how much these accoutrements can matter to people is Charles Paul Freund's account of the Soviet Union's stilyagi, or "style hunters" — Stalin-era kids so desperate to mimic American culture that they chewed paraffin wax when they couldn't get gum and, Scarlett O'Hara-style, cut up curtains to make gaudy ties.

    Material Girl

  • The stilyagi would never have improvised this stuff if they could have bought it; do they get more moral credit because they had to resort to a folk version?

    Material Girl

  • Info: www. html;; ConFusion 31, Box 8284, Ann Arbor, MI 48107.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • And many of the leaders had firsthand knowledge of the stilyagi because, as often as not, they were the spoiled children of “new class” luxury.

    Staying Tuned

  • The film depicts the supposed battle between stilyagi and their Komsomol opponents.

    The St. Petersburg Times

  • According to the film, stilyagi were challenged by ideologically correct Komsomol (Young Communist) brigades that regularly ambushed their rockabilly soirees and ruined the fun by cutting their clothes and hair with massive scissors.

    The St. Petersburg Times

  • 21-23 -- ConFusion, Box 8284, Ann Arbor MI 48107.stilyagi. org.

    Asimov's Science Fiction


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