David MacFadyen is a graduate of the University of London and UCLA. He is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at UCLA and has authored books on subjects ranging from the poetry of Joseph Brodsky (Joseph Brodsky and the Baroque, 1999; Joseph Brodsky and the Soviet Muse, 2000), to Russian popular songs (Red Stars: Personality and the Soviet Popular Song after 1955, 2001; Estrada?! Grand Narratives and the Philosophy of the Russian Popular Song 1982-2000, 2001; Songs for Fat People: Affect, Emotion and Celebrity in the Soviet Popular Song, 1900 to 1955, 2002), to animated and feature films of the Soviet Union (The Sad Comedy of El'dar Riazanov: An Introduction to Russia's Most Popular Filmmaker, 2003; Yellow Crocodiles and Blue Oranges: Russian Animated Film after World War Two, 2004). Two monographs with Routledge recently went to press: Russian Culture in Uzbekistan and Russian Television Today: Primetime Drama and Comedy. A collected edition of articles and archival materials relating to Anna Akhmatova was published late in 2006. He is currently busy with two projects: the first involves building a portal dedicated to independent musicians and songwriters from all across the former Soviet Union. The second is a book on the related notions of glamur and ponty in Russia today.