I am overdosing on Leo Tolstoy at the moment. I am reading “War and Peace” and listening to “Anna Karenina”. I am thoroughly enjoying both books, notwithstanding that I have read both previously. Tolstoy’s writing is so beautiful, clear, accessible, and subtle that his books, like most classic novels, are worth returning to again and… Continue reading Reading Tolstoy-an antidote to the simplicity and brevity required in online writing
I listen to a lot of rap music nowadays, and have done for the last few years. I particularly like the grimy, trap type stuff from guys who have transitioned from selling drugs to selling rap records/downloads. One of the things I love about this type of music from guys like Polo G, Lil Baby,… Continue reading Lil Baby and Lil Durk-is comparison with Tolstoy and Dostoevsky that far-fetched?
I am reading “War and Peace” at the moment and listening to “The Brothers Karamazov” on audiobook. And it is hard to believe that a country like Russia can produce such men as Fyodor Dostoevsky and Leo Tolstoy and then give us the sneering, psychopath Putin some 200 years later. The sensitivity of Dostoevsky’s writing,… Continue reading How did Russia give us Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and then Putin?