Today’s featured image is of a book I bought at Yes Books in Portland (Maine, of course). Yesterday I read up to page 168 of Volume XIV of The Novels and Other Works of Lyof N. Tolstoi. That is, I finished the story, “Two Old Men,” and read three of the “Texts for Woodcuts”: “The… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, July 27, 2017: “Grub first, then ethics.”
“November 28, The Portrait of a Lady, 1881 “‘We know too much about people in these days; we hear too much. Our ears, our minds, our mouths, are stuffed with personalities. Don’t mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.’” Talk about relevant to the present day. But… Continue reading Daily Henry James, cont.
“October 30, The Next Time, 1895 “The only success worth one’s powder was success in the line of ones’ idiosyncrasy. Consistency was in itself distinction, and what was talent but the art of being completely whatever it was that one happened to be? One’s things were characteristic or were nothing.” Annie Dillard in The Writing… Continue reading Daily Henry James, cont.
“September 1, Guy de Maupassant “It is as difficult to describe an action without glancing at its motive, its moral history, as it is to describe a motive without glancing at its practical consequence.” Show and tell. “September 11, Roderick Hudson, 1875 “The moods of an artist, his exultations and depressions, Rowland had often said… Continue reading Daily Henry James, continued
I didn’t realize I had underlined so much of this book, but I am kind of enjoying typing them down in here. Hope you are too, reading them I mean. I am keeping up with my Tolstoy, by the way, and am about halfway through the first volume of Ernest J. Simmon’s biography of him;… Continue reading Daily Henry James, continued