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Tolstoy Journal, June 9, 2017: “The best writers are always strict with themselves.”

I checked out Love and Hatred: The Stormy Marriage of Leo and Sonya Tolstoy from the local library yesterday. Looks to be a good one. I am still a bit behind on my reading, hope to catch up this weekend. I am up to page 141 of Volume XI of The Novels and Other Works… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, June 9, 2017: “The best writers are always strict with themselves.”

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Tolstoy Journal, February 23, 2017, “like ants from a demolished ant-hill”

Last night I was feeling kind of depressed about writing in general, how it seems sometimes you are sending your words into a black hole, so on and so forth. So I read a chapter of Brenda Ueland’s If You Want to Write, which always makes me feel better (even though she’s a bit wacky,… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, February 23, 2017, “like ants from a demolished ant-hill”

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Tolstoy Journal, February 21, 2017, The Loss of a Tooth

I did not read any Tolstoy yesterday but have read enough to have a surplus (I hope) of thoughts and memories of the territory I’ve covered in the last few weeks. Yesterday I included a photograph of the “travel books” I have on a shelf to help guide me on my journey through the works… Continue reading Tolstoy Journal, February 21, 2017, The Loss of a Tooth

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The Daily Henry James: A Year of Quotes From the Work of the Master, Part II

So Henry James and Ernest Hemingway, it appears, told of the same message, to have courage. But in this well-done attractive book, a small red paperback, there is also a lot about work, the work of art, mostly. And there is a lot about relationships, as one would expect, also. I want now to type… Continue reading The Daily Henry James: A Year of Quotes From the Work of the Master, Part II