Farewell to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Last week, as I was walking past a newspaper vendor, I stopped in my tracks. The headline was a stunner: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn had passed away. … [Read more...]

Alexander Solzhenitsyn on Art

I just spotted this fantastic quote about art on a friend's Facebook page, and thought I'd post it here.It's from Alexander Solzhenitsyn's 1978 Nobel lecture on literature: The task of the artist is to sense more keenly than others the harmony of the world, the beauty and the outrage of what man has done to it, and poignantly, to let people know. Art warms even an icy and depressed heart, opening it to lofty, personal experience. By means of art we are sometimes sent dimly, briefly, … [Read more...]