Friday March 5, 2010: Brief Hiatus

Looks like I’ll be taking at least part of Jay’s advice: I put furniture up for sale on Craigslist last night, in order to lighten the load, and try to ship everything else UPS.   So I have to get to work on this right away.  Of course,  there’ll still be some Curiosities links at the bottom of this post.  But filling in for me today is the late Leo Tolstoy.

Leo Tolstoy

Thanks, Steve.  It’s a great honor to be posting for you here today on Biddle’s World.   So here’s a very condensed version of my classic novel Anna Karenina:

Everything was in confusion in the Oblonskys’ house.  The wife had discovered that the husband was carrying on an intrigue with a French girl, who had been a governess in their family, and she had announced to her husband that she could not go on living in the same house with him. This position of affairs had now lasted three days, and not only the husband and wife themselves, but all the members of their family and household, were painfully conscious of it.  Every person in the house felt that there was no sense in their living together, and that the stray people brought together by chance in any inn had more in common with one another than they, the members of the family and household of the Oblonskys.  The wife did not leave her own room, the husband had not been at home for three days.  The children ran wild all over the house; the English governess quarreled with the housekeeper, and wrote to a friend asking her to look out for a new situation for her; the man-cook had walked off the day before just at dinner-time; the kitchen-maid and the coachman had given warning.

Then everybody got run over by a truck.

Steve will be back on Monday.   –Leo

Today’s Curiosities

  • A Separate Reality:  surreal and beautiful works of photographic art created by Russian artist Alex Andreyev
  • And finally today, another in our on-going series of educational films to help YOU to become a better person.  Today, ARE YOU POPULAR?  WELL, ARE  YOU???

… have a great day… See ya Monday!  –Steve


6 thoughts on “Friday March 5, 2010: Brief Hiatus

  1. I tell you to get rid of the furniture (and even send you an email from someone selling their stuff) and you say, “No, no. I couldn’t do that.” Then this Jay fellow suggests it and you’re all over it?!

    Thanks for the Anna Karenina summary. I get the feeling you’re saving me a lot of time. How’d that Brothers Karamazov turn out?

    Looks like I’ll be headed to Florida as you’re leaving. My grandma died on Tuesday and the memorial will be the 20th.

  2. Well, I started to realize how much money I could save if I get rid of pretty much EVERYTHING and pack my car full… but I think the idea started gnawing on me when you mentioned it.

    I’m truly sorry to hear about your grandma… and sorry I’ll miss you again here in Florida.

    The Bros. Karamazov never did get finished… then the company went out of business and nobody got paid for anything. Jeez.

  3. This has nothing to do with Tolstoy, but instead Karl Marx, who is buried at Highgate Cemetary in London. My wife and I visited Highgate in 2008 and found it divided by a roadway (“old” section on one side – “newer” section on the other) and also charging an admission. To get into the guided tour in the old section was £8, well worth the cost since you received a lot of information from a volunteer guide. However, the admission to the newer section was £5 – AND there was no guide to tell anyone anything…just a pamphlet to direct the visitor to famous or infamous graves.

    Karl Marx is planted in the newer area. I wonder what he would think if he knew that in order to view the eternal resting place of the author of “The Communist Manifesto” one had to support capitalism by paying £5 to see his gravesite? After all, Marx said that capitalism, like previous socioeconomic systems, would inevitably produce internal tensions which would lead to its destruction….sorry, Karl – Time Marches On.

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