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Tolstoy Journal, August 16, 2017: “Human beings are like rivers: the water is one and the same in all of them . . . .”

Well, last night we went to mass celebrating the Assumption and then came home and I got on Twitter and got distracted by Fearless Leader’s horror show. So I have made no progress in my journey through Tolstoy. But I will include some passages from his Calendar of Wisdom, translated by Peter Sekirin, and some… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 16, 2017: “Human beings are like rivers: the water is one and the same in all of them . . . .”

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Tolstoy Journal, August 10, 2017: “He has indeed searched for God, but with no humility, and found only himself”

The feature image is of Tolstoy and his brothers, Sergius, Nikolai, and Dmitri. The latter is the brother who was very religious but then went a bit crazy and lived a life as dissipated as it had previously been religious and who died from tuberculosis in Leo’s arms. I am up to page 243 in… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, August 10, 2017: “He has indeed searched for God, but with no humility, and found only himself”

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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 6, 2017: “A piece of one’s flesh.”

The two books above are the ones Tolstoy had with him when he was dying in the train station at Astapovo. I realized they have to be on my travel booklist also. I have read The Brothers Karamazov twice, but never read more than a smattering of Montaigne. You can reformulate, yet again, Berlin’s The Hedgehog and… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 6, 2017: “A piece of one’s flesh.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 18, 2017: “Suffering is not an evil which you must be rid of, but the work of your life which you must accept.”

The above photograph is the frontispiece of Volume X of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. It is from a daguerreotype in 1848, so Tolstoy was 20 years old. Thus I have finished Volume IX and read Anna Karenina for the second time in my life. I have read the first 24… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 18, 2017: “Suffering is not an evil which you must be rid of, but the work of your life which you must accept.”

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Tolstoy Journal, May 11, 2017: “the loopholes through which appeared something higher.”

I have read up to page 273 of Volume IX of the Works of Tolstoy. That is, up to Chapter XVII of Part Seventh of Anna Karenina. These pages describe Kitty’s anger at Levin for going to see Anna, Anna’s argument with Vronsky, and then Kitty’s labor and the birth of her and Levin’s son.… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 11, 2017: “the loopholes through which appeared something higher.”