Tag Archives: Leo Tolstoy

Behind The Scenes Part Two

As I promised yesterday, here’s more from the interesting and revealing interview Irving Wallace, the great American writer, had with the judges of the Nobel Prize, in Sweden. “I wanted more of Dr. Hedin’s behind-the-scenes anecdotes. I knew that this … Continue reading

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Tolstoy Calls It Infection

“Great art is when a great man who has the highest life-conception of his time tells what he feels. Then the infection is universal. Everybody understands it and at once.” Leo Tolstoy Did you ever think of writing about an … Continue reading

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Your Writing Can Be As Good As

Novels or stories belong to two categories. Either driven by character or driven by plot or story line. Of the novels based on character, who can forget Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, or Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, or The Brothers Karamazov, or Charles … Continue reading

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The Voice Of Change

As you may all know by now, I like to start my day waking up early to read and have my coffee. I stopped reading the newspaper lately. I realized that on days I do not read the paper, I … Continue reading

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Memory Has You

Hemingway once said that “war makes great material for writing.” True. Think of all these great books: A Farewell To Arms, The Sun Also Rises, Platoon, War and Peace, to name only a few. The first time I read some … Continue reading

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Prejudice!

Albert Einstein wrote: “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.” According to The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary: A) Prejudice is an opinion, like or dislike, formed before one has adequate knowledge. B) Opinion is judgment not … Continue reading

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Hardest Way Of Earning A Living

When I was in high school in our village in the east of the Bekaa Valley, we learned Armenian, English and Arabic. Of all the essays we used to write in these languages, I loved to write in English the … Continue reading

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