One of my favorite contemporary writers, beloved friend, and Rumpus interviewee, Zarina Zabrisky, who grew up in Soviet Russia, talks about surviving an authoritarian regime. Sometimes, she says, the best you can do is refuse to support the authorities in any way whatsoever. Simply stop participating. Accept no grants, no jobs, nothing, doo dah, squat. (I’m paraphrasing.) Instead, she says, meet with your artist friends, enjoy dinner parties, be creative, make theatre, make music, make love, and keep the fires burning for when the times inevitably change.