No time to read anymore?

No time to read anymore?

David McCullough is unimpressed. “Once upon a time in the dead of winter in the Dakota Territory, Theodore Roosevelt took off in a makeshift boat down the Little Missouri River in pursuit of a couple of thieves who had stolen his prized rowboat. After several days on...
Teddy Roosevelt on Anna Karenina

Teddy Roosevelt on Anna Karenina

Yesterday there was a post about Teddy Roosevelt’s response to Russian literature. It’s worth quoting Teddy at length (from a letter to his younger sister dated April 12th 1886): “I took Anna Karenina along for the trip and have read it through with very...

Reactions to Russian literature

Can you guess who wrote: “Tolstoy is a great writer.  Do you notice how he never comments on the actions of his personages?  He relates what they thought or did without any remark whatever as to whether it was good or bad, as Thucydides wrote history…” Well,...