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Tolstoy Journal, June 16, 2017: Joyce and Tolstoy

In honor of Bloomsday I am featuring James Joyce in the image today. I already have a blog about how highly he thought of Tolstoy¬†here. Which always kind of surprised me because sometimes I think of Joyce as a sort of amoral writer, but, really, he wasn’t. He didn’t believe in dogma but he did… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 16, 2017: Joyce and Tolstoy

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Tolstoy Journal, April 5, 2017: Resistance and Rousseau

Really really did not want to read Tolstoy tonight. But this week’s Steven Pressfield’s “Writing Wednesday” email newsletter helped–Surviving in the Desert–and I overcame my resistance. And when I bought the above at Print Bookstore in Portland (ME) I perused it and wondered if I would ever finish it. Looks kind of boring to me… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, April 5, 2017: Resistance and Rousseau

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Tolstoy Journal, March 7, 2017, “a chiel amang them”

The Selected Letters of James Joyce is not really one of my Tolstoy “travel books” but it is a source of that quote I was discussing yesterday in which Joyce praises Tolstoy. The original letter to his daughter, Lucia, was written in Italian but I will give the translation given in the book: “Dear Lucia:… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 7, 2017, “a chiel amang them”

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Tolstoy Journal, March 6, 2017, “a callous Homeric eye”

Today’s “travel book” is The Kreutzer Sonata, which I have read once. I think Tolstoy was channeling Dostoyevsky when he wrote it; it’s a powerful disturbing look at jealousy and misogyny. I did read some Tolstoy this weekend, got up to page 73, Chapter XVIII of “Part Eleventh.” All about Pierre since the Battle of… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 6, 2017, “a callous Homeric eye”