lit brothers

  • Me: A simple monk in rural Russia, beloved by the village children, cries with happiness while kissing the pure Russian soil
  • Y'all: spends the day drinking in a gazebo, frightens the servants, steals your father's money and spends it on champagne and acrobats
Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.
—  Fyodor DostoyevskyThe Brothers Karamazov
Above all, don’t lie to yourself.
The man who lies to himself
and listens to his own lie
comes to a point that he
cannot distinguish the truth
within him, or around him,
and so loses all respect for
himself and for others.
And having no
respect he
ceases
to love.
—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Happy World Book Day!

For all you book lovers, pictured here (from our 200th anniversary exhibit at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library), Harper’s New England School Library, published by Harper & Brothers in 1842-43. This set 75 volumes was issued and shipped in its own pine board cabinet fitted with shelves, a door with a lock and key, and a top piece on the back that allowed it to be hung on a wall. 

Things You Are Going To Find In A Dostoyevsky Novel:

-Epilepsy
-Fainting spells
-Murder
-Existential crises
-Awkward main characters who can’t do anything
-Crying
-Lots of crying
-Sickness, literally all the time
-Hysterical women
-Screaming and yelling
-Did I mention hysteria?
-Or crying?
-Or SICKNESS