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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, May 31, 2017: Tolstoy the Folklorist

Well, I did not get my reading done yesterday, so now I am behind 50 pages in Volume X and 30 pages behind in Sterne. But I should finish them tonight and onto Volume XI (The Cossacks and Sevastopol sketches) tomorrow! I did, however, read some of The Gospel in Tolstoy last night during my… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, May 31, 2017: Tolstoy the Folklorist

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Tolstoy Journal, April 2, 2017: “All that matters if feeding the lake.”

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.”

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Tolstoy Journal, March 31, 2017: Tolstoy Refutes Daniel Dennett!

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!

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Tolstoy Journal, March 30, 2017: “the circle of Eternity, that ultimate limit”

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”

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Tolstoy Journal, March 29, 2017: “This terrible dilemma is never finally resolved.”

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.”