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The Last Workshop on Theoretical Physics in the Soviet Union: Can Beatriz Gato-Rivera's paper "The Last Workshop on Theoretical Physics in the Soviet Union" live up to its awesome title? On the whole, I think it doesn't—relatively little of the narrative takes place at said workshop— but it's worth reading for the many good bits, some of which I'll extract for you:

I was allowed to keep the original key of the back door of Einstein’s house, that I saved in its way to the garbage truck... In the garden I noticed that the old door had been replaced but was still there lying on the wall with the key inside, so.....Back in Boston, Cumrun Vafa (my extra-official supervisor) was not amused when I showed him the Einstein’s key: 'Look, what you have done is, precisely, what Einstein didn’t want people to do!'
The last day of the workshop I was supposed to give a talk. Then someone told me: 'we are sorry, you cannot give your talk because the mathematicians have finished their workshop ahead of schedule and they have brought the blackboard along, we borrowed it from them'.
We took a night train and we were hosted by a female friend of his mother: the renowed mathematician Olga Ladyzhenskaya who was the leader of the 'Leningrad School of Partial Differential Equations'. When we arrived to her flat Olga received us with very low voice saying: 'Look, my niece is here in the living room. She works for the government and she is not allowed to have any contact with foreign people. So, please, rush through the living room, enter the corridor, and take the two rooms at the end'. So, we followed the instructions and ran stealthily while the niece was looking through the window giving us the back.
Natalia looked at me and said: 'You know, you are the second foreign person to enter in this flat. The first was Niels Bohr'. The surprise was enormous for me: I was the second after Niels Bohr in something!


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