A favorite photo

Last year, and following Jove Francisco’s example, I used to link to non-political stuff for weekend reading. I’ve never done it for weekend viewing though. Looks like it’s as good a time as any to start.

This is one of my favorite photos: It’s over a hundred years old, and shows two writers without peer, sizing up each other and the camera. Chekhov’s gaze is sympathetic, the look of a secular saint who worked himself to death; Tolstoy’s stare is suspicious, even jealous, the demanding look of an impossible ascetic who eventually ran away from home.

And this is something I just viewed today: the first film ever taken of Tolstoy and his beloved country estate (Yasnaya Polyana). Fascinating, and all too short.

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