You have failed to detect two things about me. Yes, I have some of the instincts of the troublemaker. But the other thing is I am creative and inventive.
"Russia’s most celebrated writers - including Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Nabokov, Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn and Mandelstam - are often depicted as solitary geniuses. But many of their works were the fruits of creative partnerships with their wives. Far from being passive typists, they served as editors, researchers, translators, publishers and more.”
The book: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The first sentence: “At the beginning of July, during an extremely hot spell, towards evening, a young man left the closet he rented from tenants in S—-y Lane, walked out onto the street, and slowly, if indecisively, headed for K—-n Bridge.”
Matchbook matches bathing suits to book covers and it’s pretty amazing. (via)
"My son has a long way to go until he’s reading The Brothers Karamazov, but hopefully not so long that he forgets about Stinking Lizaveta before he gets there. I hope I’ll be near at hand, or only a phone call away, when he discovers that the funny name we used to whisper to each other is actually a very sad character in a great novel, and that the line between life and art is arbitrary, if it exists at all.”
What if the characters could answer with certainty? What if it were simply a matter of solving the case by dusting for the right fingerprints? Could Dmitri’s trial, transplanted into our century, possibly bear the weight that Dostoevsky wants it to bear?
Actually, we don’t have to speculate. Online, I discovered a new classroom activity [pdf] for high school students: “Integrating Forensics, Civics, and World Literature: The Brothers Karamazov.” The exercise, sponsored by the University of North Carolina, asks students to retry Dmitri in a modern courtroom. Here are some of the guidelines…
"What a plot synopsis of The Brothers Karamazov reveals is how Dostoevsky managed to hang a book of profound questions on some of the most hackneyed conventions of fiction: the murder mystery, the love triangle, the courtroom drama.”
- CSI: Karamazov (The Ghettoization of Courtroom Drama) by Rob Goodman