Okay, so it’s not the barbaric yawp of a Seamus Heaney, or the dazzling beauty of Zora Neale Hurston, or the transformative shot of Flannery O’Connor taking in the Amana Colonies. But this is Leo Tolstoy! Born in 1828! We’re lucky to have what we have.
And it is mesmerizing. The laughter – you’ll need to look carefully – is around five and a half minutes in. I’d recommend starting at the beginning, but if you’re pressed for time, start there and watch for a minute or so. You’ll get the spirit of the man.
Did you see the part where he drinks the little glass of water? I love that part.
This short video from the BBC is another must-watch:
What a great man. I could watch these all day. Happy Birthday, Big Fella.
5 thoughts on “Writers Laughing: Leo Tolstoy”
Waaiiit for it! Waaiit for it! Voila. Au revoir. : ) Actually, I loved it. I love his work. I love that he championed for freedom for the common people. This was truly fascinating. His smiled, a lot. Thank you.
Ha, that was fun to watch. The camera man probably didn´t have much idea of his importance for posterity.
I doubt if that was water in the little glass.
Really? Vodka? Or something else?