Archive for Leo Tolstoy

In Search of Lost Time

Posted in Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , on November 14, 2021 by Jarrod Boyle


The action of In Search of Lost Time is essentially intellectual.

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In Search of Lost Time

Posted in Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , on November 9, 2021 by Jarrod Boyle
Look at this saucy Frenchman.


I finished reading In Search of Lost Time a few weeks ago, and now it’s over, there is a peculiar Proust-shaped hole in my life.

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Jocko Willink and David Goggins versus Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway and Hayden Carruth

Posted in Pretensions toward cultural theory, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2020 by Jarrod Boyle



There are some novels you read that make you think, ‘Why can’t all books be like this one?’ Continue reading

‘Are You A Satanist?’

Posted in Observation, Reading, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle



The last twelve to eighteen months have taught me that if you put something on the internet, everybody will see it. People rarely comment on-line, but I seem to get all kinds of bizarre responses when I see them in public, ranging from facial expressions that look like they’ve swallowed a bullfrog (and are struggling to keep it down) to, ‘What’s with all the leather gear?’ Or even, ‘Are you a Satanist?’ Continue reading

Desperate Romantic: My Life as a Stalker (A Lamentably True Story)

Posted in Acts of devotion, Love letters, Observation, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle


8: the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart (Continued)

I have moments where I find myself on the verge of tears. One of them was when I read the following: Continue reading

Fighting Words

Posted in Kickboxing, Observation, Real Men, Statement of intention with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

Island kick shotFirst published in Island Magazine, Issue 136.

There are two things I am driven to do: write and fight. Continue reading

My Favorite Book

Posted in Reading with tags , , , on November 22, 2010 by Jarrod Boyle

I referred to the Time list of the best books ever written some weeks ago. I’ve been thinking about it since, and the list has probably destroyed my interest in ‘best of’ lists for ever after. Which may prove to be a good thing. But what it did raise to my attention was the ludicrous inclusion of The Great Gatsby – I mean, give me a break. I’m not saying Fitzgerald isn’t good, but Dosteyevsky has done turds that dwarf Gatsby. Continue reading

The Kreutzer Sonata

Posted in Reading with tags , , on October 29, 2010 by Jarrod Boyle

Holy shit – now this is a frightening book. Continue reading

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