Michael Idov
Michael Idov

Michael Idov is the author of Ground Up, a novel inspired by this Slate essay about a coffee shop. He lives in Moscow and was formerly editor in chief of GQ Russia.

March 19 2018 4:21 PMThe Russian Liberal’s DilemmaPutin’s opponents faced the agonizing dilemma of voting for his hand-picked “opponent” or just staying home. Neither worked.
Brow Beat
Aug. 13 2014 8:41 AMI Could Never Bear to Watch Robin Williams—Unless He Was Playing a Villain
Recycled
Aug. 4 2009 1:26 PMMake That a Double ShotI turned my disastrous experience of opening a cafe into a novel.
Music
Nov. 1 2005 2:02 PMAshlee Simpson vs. t.A.T.u.Guess who made the better new album.
Work
Jan. 16 2018 5:40 AMBitter BrewI opened a charming neighborhood coffee shop. Then it destroyed my life.
Five-ring Circus
Feb. 14 2014 11:56 AMPutin on the FritzHow chaos in Sochi is confounding the Russian opposition.
A Fine Whine
Dec. 29 2005 4:15 PMBitter BrewI opened a charming neighborhood coffee shop. Then it destroyed my life.