Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Open Source Tolstoy

I'm reading a (somewhat windy) biography of Tolstoy, which has confirmed my suspicious that he was Advanced. There was his religious conversion (Advanced Artists often turn to religion, Bob Dylan being a good example), his claim that he wrote War and Peace for the money, and his preference for making his own boots. He was also an Advanced Irritant. For instance, he said of an experience reading Shakespeare: "I invariably underwent the same feelings; repulsion,
weariness and bewilderment." He also preferred to make boots to books. One last thing: He gave away his later works and wouldn't accept royalties from his writing (however apparently his wife owned the rights to the most valuable works), preferring to make it "common property." Sort of like Prince's CDs. One other last thing: He preferred the ZZ Top version of Advanced hair. He had long hair down the front, not the back. Don't know about the leather, though.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

For an overt response to Tolstoy's works read Donald Barthelme's "At the Tolstoy Museum." I think it, too, confirms your position...

Kim Deal said...

are there hipster versions of the tolstoy boot availible at urban outfitters?

Jason said...

I wish! But it might be more Advanced if they were at Sears.

Anonymous said...

you're right, fleet farm would be too overt.

Anonymous said...

is this the new version that was translated into russian?
britt bergman
http://verylittleknownfacts.blogspot.com/