Archive for War and Peace

‘Are You A Satanist?’

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

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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

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

James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ – the Warm-Up with Coach Rodney Hall.

Posted in Fiction, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle
Gotta love a man with an eye-patch.

Gotta love a man with an eye-patch.

J: I guess that’s what War and Peace is about. It’s about what happens when people are forced to cope with the force of history as it’s bearing down on them, which I guess is the way Tolstoy would have looked at it.

R: I’m so glad you liked War and Peace. I knew you would. When you were reading Anna Karenina, you were telling me ‘There couldn’t possibly be a better novel’. And then, there was. Continue reading

Man's Search for Meaning

Posted in Reading with tags , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

War and Peace is haunting me. Continue reading

Leo Tolstoy Vs. Robert S. McNamara

Posted in Observation, Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

One of the most interesting aspects of reading is that sometimes you might read something and, regardless of whether you enjoy it or not, it begins to creep into your thinking. You start to see it everywhere; kind of like when you’re walking the streets in a strange country and you feel as if you keep catching glimpses of people you know. Continue reading

War and Peace

Posted in Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

I finished it. Continue reading

Tolstoy Versus Napoleon

Posted in Reading, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

The thing about a book like War and Peace that first makes an impression on you is its size. Continue reading

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