Cover Photo: An illustration of two people, an older man and a younger woman, on either ends of a phone call.  The phones are royal blue and the cord between them is curled into various shapes that represent objects contained in Russian idioms: a chair, a fish, an ice cream cone.
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

Bridging My Family’s Language Barrier, One Filthy Russian Idiom at a Time

My family may not get much of my writing, but our mutual appreciation for ill-advised sexual mayhem transcends language.

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but the Russian version of “have your cake and eat it too” is “eat fish and sit on a dick”

All-Night Pharmacy


cunt vaginapenisdick pee-pee messwhorehouse

asshole pizza bagels

Why Poetry



Ruth Madievsky's debut novel, All-Night Pharmacy, is forthcoming from Catapult in 2023. She is also the author of a poetry collection, Emergency Brake (Tavern Books, 2016). Her writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Harper's Bazaar, Guernica, Kenyon Review,  and elsewhere. She is a founding member of the Cheburashka Collective, a community of women and nonbinary writers whose identity has been shaped by immigration from the Soviet Union to the U.S. Originally from Moldova, she lives in L.A., where she works as an HIV and primary care pharmacist.  @ruthmadievsky.