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Tolstoy Journal, June 12, 2017: “Their chief mistake is the superstition that one can arrange human life.”

I have reached p. 220 of Volume XI of The Novels and Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi, that is, in the midst of “Sevastopol in December.” What I noticed in these pages besides the usual mastery of physical and psychical detail is how much it reminded me of Hemingway’s early writing. It is written in… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 12, 2017: “Their chief mistake is the superstition that one can arrange human life.”

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Tolstoy Journal, June 1, 2017: “The sense of shame is lost.”

The photograph is of the video I wrote about yesterday. It looks kind of hokey but it was a moving video to watch with the kids. I got my reading done, finished both Volume X of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi and A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne, one of Tolstoy’s… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 1, 2017: “The sense of shame is lost.”