All happy families are alike…


“All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

Tolstoy’s opening line to Anna Karenina is among the most famous sentences ever written. There is even a statistics principle named after the sentence. But reading the sentence in context this week (and starting the road to completing the first of my 2014 reading resolutions) I began to wonder if I agree with Tolstoy’s statement.  Continue reading “All happy families are alike…”

Marry, Date or Dump: Dr. Zhivago, Bazarov, & Count Vronksy


I’ve started completing my first bookish resolution of 2014 by cracking open Anna Karenina, and although I am definitely struggling with the whole patronymic thing I am in a very Russian mood. So today I’ve given you three of my favorite heroes from Russian literature to marry, date, or dump. I’ve chosen Dr. Zhivago, Bazarov from Fathers and Sons, and Count Vronksy from Anna Karenina. However, if you want to substitute with your favorite Russian characters, be my guest! I’m excited to see who you choose in the comments.  Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Dr. Zhivago, Bazarov, & Count Vronksy”