“…in bondage to the whole course of previous history” • (Tolstoy is difficult, but there’s a reason “War and Peace” is cited again and again with a reverence no other piece of literature even approaches: the experience of reading “War and Peace” is like introducing your soul to itself, and changes you forever)

Knowing Russian helps. I’ve heard. (Obviously.) В исторических событиях великие люди, так называемые, – это всего лишь ярлыки, которые служат для придания имени событию, и подобно ярлыкам, они имеют последнюю … Continue reading “…in bondage to the whole course of previous history” • (Tolstoy is difficult, but there’s a reason “War and Peace” is cited again and again with a reverence no other piece of literature even approaches: the experience of reading “War and Peace” is like introducing your soul to itself, and changes you forever)