Thursday, March 18, 2010

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Oh, how I love you Fyodor. I'm thinking of framing your picture and hanging it above my desk. I haven't paraded an author above my desk since Earnest Hemingway in 1961. You know the one. You out write him, Fyodor. He's good, but you're a genius. The things you know about human character, religion, philosophy, history, demons--you had demons, didn't you? Demons and epilepsy. The Brothers Karamazov took three weeks to finish. It was like being my teenage self sopping up a long novel like toast and honey. I read Crime and Punishment last summer. I'm going to read every novel you've written. But first I'm taking a break with P.D. James. Then I'll return to you, my love.

10 comments:

Kristen said...

This comment has nothing to do with Fyodor, sorry.

I spent yesterday in New York City, and as I looked at the buildings around Central Park, I thought of you and the tiny little apt you found for rent in NYC.

I would love to live there, for 2 months, and not have to work (at least not much). It was my first time there, and I loved it!

Just thought I'd let you know that I thought of you and living in NY yesterday.

:)
-Kristen

Louise Plummer said...

You can do this, Kristen. Isn't it fabulous?

doddles said...

Especially right now when the weather is fabulous.
Last week you would have hated NYC.

Jacqueline said...

Doddles,

I share your pain. How many thousands do you need to repair your landscaping? I decided to accept Mother Nature's apology today as I basked in sun (still slightly pissed off).

Louise Plummer said...

I do remember hating NYC more than once.

Jason Merrell said...

Fyodor is my hero. I've said that before. I love that you posted this. I am encouraged that such a great, empathetic creature suffered with such demons. It helps me to have faith in my own redemption. I read somewhere that he once stood in front of a firing squad, thinking he was to be executed.

Jason Merrell said...

I walked by Woody Allen today on Park Avenue at east 72nd. He was on a leisurely stroll, his head wandering as if daydreaming, complete with fisher hat and wide-rimmed glasses. It was surreal.

Louise Plummer said...

Wow, a Woody Allen sighting. Now that IS New York.

Jason Merrell said...

Like I said, it was surreal. I tried not to do a double-take and acted all cool and walked on. My friend, Colleen, said I should have run right up to him, shimmied, and said "These pretzels are making me SO THIRSTY!"

I said, "Yes, if only I hadn't already crossed 'get arrested' off my NY to-do list."

kate. said...

I love Dostoevsky! Crime and Punishment has been my favorite book for years. I love the writing...amazing.