I have read a bit more than half of this first volume of Tolstoy’s Collected Shorter Fiction translated by the Maudes. I think most of these stories are included in the Works, except, as I have mentioned, Hadji Murad and Father Sergius, which were written after these 24 volumes were published. I had a moment… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, April 2, 2017: “All that matters if feeding the lake.”
This morning I finished reading Volume VI of the Works and Novels of Lyof Tolstoi and so finished reading War and Peace. Tomorrow I start Volume VII, the next three volumes consisting of Anna Karenina. I have been copying and pasting the texts of these blogs into a word document, and wondering how I would… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 31, 2017: Tolstoy Refutes Daniel Dennett!
Today is the day that my father died at age 59 in 1999. I’m not sure what that has to do with this blog but it certainly has to do with Tolstoy who tried to face death more squarely than anyone. I remember when I got off the phone with Dad when he had told… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 30, 2017: “the circle of Eternity, that ultimate limit”
I’ve read up to page 243 of Volume VI of the Works, or Chapter III of Part Second of the Epilogue of War and Peace. This section had a chapter on the dialogue between Pierre and Natasha, about how they communicate with words and intuition on different topics all at the same time; an outsider… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 29, 2017: “This terrible dilemma is never finally resolved.”
I have read today’s travel book, A History of Russian Literature: From Its Beginnings to 1900 by D.S. Mirsky, once before and look forward to reading it again. Nabokov praised it and he hardly ever praised anything. Speaking of whom, I am wondering whether to get his Lectures on Russian Literature. Today I finished my re-reading… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal: March 28, 2017:”his rugged short cut mind . . . genius in the raw.”
The above is an entry in my copy of The Steal Like An Artist Journal: A Notebook For Creative Kleptomaniacs by Austin Kleon. On this one he asks you to plot your current project on a graph of the creative process. There are six sections and I am doing this project in twelve months so I… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, March 26, 2017: Are you a fox or hedgehog?
I have reached, in my Tolstoyan journey, Part X of War and Peace. Above is the next travel book I have on my shelf, Isaiah Berlin’s The Hedgehog and the Fox: An Essay on Tolstoy’s View of History, which I have read, but in which I underlined no passages. So I will read it again,… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, February 22, 2017