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Tuva or Bust!: Richard Feynman's Last Journey

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This is an account of how Leighton and Feynman tried to get to Tannu Tuva, a tiny, once independent country in Soviet Siberia. Their correspondence ... Show synopsis

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Lucyland

Where in the heck is Kyzyl?

by Lucyland on Mar 2, 2007

Many moons ago I enjoyed listening to Mario Kaseta's music show on KPFK - he was typically reliable to spin the tamburitza music of my youth along with other gems in languages I do not speak. Then came the day Ralph Leighton visited sharing what sounded like 3rd-gen cassettes of other-worldly vocals from the far-off tiny Asian-Soviet land of Tuva. Like others I was instantly enchanted by Tuvan throat signing and ended up throwing a "Tuva or Bust" bumper sticker on my Ford Fiesta. Luckily Ralph Leighton chronicled his dear friend and mentor Richard Feynman's passionate quest to visit Tuva, in what could be described as a road trip through years of bureaucracy, and cultural exchange through international post and Russian-Mongolian to Russian-English dictionaries (all this while Feynman was solving the cause of the Challenger malfunction and battling cancer). Sadly Richard Feynman never made it to Tuva, nor did he live to experience Kongar-Ool Ondar perform as part of the first Mongolian cultural display. This book was an adventure in itself and a fun, inspiring read elevating the Tuvan mystique. If you?re a fan of Richard Feynman or exotic lands and sounds by all means pick up Tuva or Bust.

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