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Tolstoy Journal, August 9, 2017: “The horrible paradox” of Russia.

The featured image is of Leo and Nikolai Tolstoy. Nikolai is the brother who told the story about the Ant Brotherhood and the green stick. Some thought he also could have been a great writer. I am up to page 216 of Volume XV of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi or… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 9, 2017: “The horrible paradox” of Russia.

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Tolstoy Journal, August 2, 2017: The will to power or love.

The featured image is of a book, War Is A Lie, I bought in Houston at one of those great Half-Price Bookstores. I was thinking of Tolstoy when I bought it. Not sure I will agree that World War II was unnecessary, but I am a lot more open to the pacifist position than I used… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 2, 2017: The will to power or love.

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Tolstoy Journal, August 1, 2017: Education, Serendipity, and “Things cannot go on in this crazy, barbarous way.”

The featured image is of the frontispiece of Volume XV of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. It is called “The Long Exile” and is by T. V. Chominski. This month the volumes are longer than usual and I need to read on average 27 pages a day to get both read.… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 1, 2017: Education, Serendipity, and “Things cannot go on in this crazy, barbarous way.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 24, 2017: Two Different Christs and Titanic Arrogance

Well, I got way behind on my reading but have caught up this Saturday morning, up to page 144 of Volume XII of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. That is, I have finished reading “The Wood-Cutting Expedition,” “An Old Acquaintance,” and “Lost on the Steppe; or, The Snowstorm.” Next comes “Polikushka”… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 24, 2017: Two Different Christs and Titanic Arrogance

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Tolstoy Journal, June 21, 2017: “The spiritual future of the human race.”

I am forty pages behind on my reading today, as usual on Wednesday, but, as usual again, I read some pages of The Gospel in Tolstoy during my holy hour. I read “The Healing of Prince Andrei,” from War and Peace, “The Repentant Sinner,” “A Grain as Big as Big as a Hen’s Egg,” and the… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 21, 2017: “The spiritual future of the human race.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 19, 2017: “The fact that we are alive is for Tolstoy the most interesting thing about us.”

The featured image is of the “travel book” I bought because Tolstoy called Rousseau, his master. I have finished Volume XI of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi and am on page 21 of Volume XII, or up to Chapter VIII of “The Invaders,” which is more commonly translated as “The Raid.”… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 19, 2017: “The fact that we are alive is for Tolstoy the most interesting thing about us.”

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Tolstoy Journal, April 17, 2017: “The work went on and on.”

Well, I did the Pecha Kucha and feel that I crashed and burned though people said I did great. I should have practiced more. The slides went by a lot faster than I thought they would and so after reading four or so cards, I put them down and winged it and did much better.… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, April 17, 2017: “The work went on and on.”