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How Grades Had Been Gotten for Penguins and Money

Anthropology and Humanism. 2017. Vol. 42. No. 1. P. 127-134.

This is a story about penguins and passing grades, about the practices and ethics of informal exchange in 1980s Leningrad and St. Petersburg 30 years later, and about things' incommensurability spurring stories. It is, specifically, about one dead penguin: a bird that was killed, found, bought, gifted, found, stolen, and gifted again.