“Crime and Punishment” By Fyodor Dostoevsky

Perhaps because I read Crime and Punishment after Brothers Karamazov, that is, in the reverse chronological order in which Dostoevsky wrote them, I find the former psychologically more coherent, more relatable, than the latter, but philosophically less thought-provoking. It is almost as if Dostoevsky is working things out through his writings, and when one reads them in the reverse order, like reading the end of … Continue reading “Crime and Punishment” By Fyodor Dostoevsky

Sonnets: III. Love Constrains

Being your slave, what should I do but tend Upon the hours and times of your desire? I have no precious time at all to spend, Nor services to do, till you require. Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour, Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you, Nor think the bitterness of absence sour, When you have bid your servant once adieu. Nor … Continue reading Sonnets: III. Love Constrains

Sonnets: II. Love Inspires

How can my Muse want subject to invent While thou dost breathe, that pour’st into my verse Thine own sweet argument, too excellent For every vulgar paper to rehearse? O, give thyself the thanks if aught in me Worthy perusal stand against thy sight, For who’s so dumb that cannot write to thee, When thou thyself dost give invention light? Be thou the tenth Muse, … Continue reading Sonnets: II. Love Inspires

Sonnets: Shakespeare The Psalmist

For the Down-and-Out When in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes I all alone beweep my outcast state, And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries, And look upon myself and curse my fate, Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, Featur’d like him, like him with friends possess’d, Desiring this man’s art, and that man’s scope, With what I most enjoy contented … Continue reading Sonnets: Shakespeare The Psalmist

“The Invisible Collection” by Stefan Zweig

Conciseness has always seemed to me to be the most essential problem in art. To fit his destiny to a man so nicely as to leave no vacuum, to inclose him as radiantly as the ember does the fly and yet the while preserve every detail of his being has, of all tasks, ever been the dearest to me. –Stefan Zweig Stefan Zweig was an … Continue reading “The Invisible Collection” by Stefan Zweig

“The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Brothers Karamazov has the reputation of a great philosophical and psychological novel, and that was the main reason I chose to read it, but I have to admit I was disappointed on both counts. Dostoevsky’s philosophical arguments lack clarity and logical coherence. He shares this characteristic with another Existentialist philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, who was no doubt influenced by him. His psychological portraits, while perspicacious … Continue reading “The Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky