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A Common Moment

I’m not feeling overly inspired tonight. It’s already hard to think about much other than this virus and I’m bored of writing about it probably nearly as much as you are of reading about it. 378 more words

In the First Circle (Solzhentisyn)

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. In the First Circle. New York: Harper Perennial, 2009.

In 1968 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn published an edited version of In the First Circle, titled simply First Circle.  822 more words

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Mini-Review - One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich

The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of communist oppression. – Goodreads…

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August 1914 (Solzhenitsyn)

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. August 1914. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1972.

See here for a good introduction to Solzhenitsyn’s method. https://aleksandr-solzhenitsyn-center.squarespace.com/his-writings/large-works-and-novels/the-red-wheel/solzhenitsyn-on-method-of-nodes

This is Solzhenitsyn’s counter to Tolstoy’s view of history.  674 more words

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The Russian Question (Solzhenitsyn)

The title sounds like a socio-political analysis. Actually, it is a short history book. But upon closer inspection, it is more than that. Solzhenitsyn uses the medium of history to re-tell Russia’s story in a way to call the Russian people back to their spiritual heritage and also to warn Americans of the dangers that their own democratic liberalism offers. 133 more words

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12 Rules for Life, by Jordan B Peterson

(photo: patting a cat that I saw on a street in Penang in 2013, after completing the Penang Bridge Marathon!!)

Had been reading this self-help book recently (available as free pdf, or ebook from the library), and thought it contained some great stories and lessons on how to live! 925 more words

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Prussian Nights (Solzhenitsyn)

This isn’t exactly autobiography, nor is it pure poetry.  Russian linguists will have to judge the translation quality.  It’s readable, thus making it superior to 100% of modern poetry.  152 more words

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