Wednesday, November 07, 2007


If I had to choose a favorite author, it would most likely be Anton Chekhov. I've always loved his plays and stories..

Well here's a letter he wrote to a friend...

"You complain that my characters are gloomy. Alas it is not my fault! It turns out that way involuntarily and while I am writing it does not seem to me that I am writing gloomily; in any case, I am always in a good mood when I work. It is noteworthy that gloomy people and melancholiacs always write merry things, while the cheerful depress people with their writings. And I am a cheerful man; at least as the saying goes, I've enjoyed myself the first thrity years of my life"

Thank you Mr. Chekhov.



Blogger corner point said...


So according to him, Poe was a happy man in good spirits when he wrote... Now that's an idea

To bluntly state my ignorance in Chekhovian literature, what does he write? He sounds like a fascinating study...

November 07, 2007 8:48 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

corner point...
It could be Poe was happy...who knows?
Look at all the bright colors in van goghs paintings..
Clowns are supposedly the most depressed people around. The famous Opera Il Pagliacci...about a depressed clown..(the aria Vesti La Giubba..with him laughing at himself..) regarded as arguably the best short story writer ever. His characters..and portraits of real life Russia 100 years ago..are just beautiful..
He also wrote a few famous The Seagull, The Cherry Orcharrd, Uncle vanya and The 3 Sisters..

I once wrote a post on one of his stories..

November 07, 2007 10:50 PM  
Anonymous YudNo.22 said...

consistently entertaining, david!
love the quote (lol), and i, too, now want to know more about this author.
personally, no one can touch Chaim Potok, for me, but, this guy hints to be quite charming indeed.

" while the cheerful depress people with their writings"...

November 07, 2007 11:07 PM  
Anonymous delicious devil said...

hey david is chekhov the guy who called medicine his wife and literature his mistress?

November 07, 2007 11:25 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

You'll love him...
And since his medium is the short story..they're short enough to read...without taking too much time..

indeed he said that.
He was a doctor...but his passion was writing..
hence that quote..

November 07, 2007 11:28 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

i write gloomy stuff and happy stuff when i'm gloomy and cheerless and down in the dumps.

and i don't oftn write when i'm in a really cheerful mood.
i'm usually out and about when i'm feeling great.

November 08, 2007 12:39 AM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

This happens when I draw. Maybe I just don't know how to make happy faces :-)

November 08, 2007 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anony said...

So this means you're really a cheerful guy...
Good to know. I was worried about that.

November 08, 2007 10:07 AM  
Anonymous 00kie said...

i knew it!
and i totally agree.. my stuff always sounds way more cheerful/positive than I am :)

November 08, 2007 12:48 PM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

I remember once watching a theatre production of "Uncle Vanya"; the actors were extremely bad, I kept sucking on licorice cough sweets, trying to keep myself from falling asleep. I dozed off twice and since I had an aisle seat, would have fallen over had my company not saved me from hitting my head on the theatre floor. At the end of the play, I'd sucked away almost two sachets of those cough sweets, my tongue felt like cardboard, my joints ached, and my friends from Russia commented, "Wow, those actors were way better than Russian ones."

November 08, 2007 3:04 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

yes..the artist must order to churn out truly great stuff...

practice..practice..but smiles are harder to make..cuz of the teeth and the laugh lines..etc..

anony.. need to worry...

November 08, 2007 8:49 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

what stuff? havent written anything new in ages..

next the book..

November 08, 2007 8:57 PM  
Blogger Spelling Mistakes said...

beautifully said.
shabbat shalom

November 09, 2007 8:21 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Thanks..Shabbat Shalom

November 09, 2007 3:31 PM  
Anonymous YudNo.22 said...

This guy is very fiesty, right? I read the link to "Sleepy."
He might be an acquired taste?

November 11, 2007 4:26 PM  
Blogger Scraps said...

I'll tip my hat to Mr. Chekhov for that one.

November 12, 2007 3:04 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

you didnt like?


November 12, 2007 5:17 PM  
Anonymous yudNo.22 said...

"sleepy" was...dark? now, as i return to quote, it allows more to be seen. i think i would find my enjoyment in reading *about* him, more than stories *by* him.
different tastes. chaim potok--have you read any of his work?

November 13, 2007 8:12 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Of course its dark..its Russian..although it probably his darkest piece.
Read'll like it

I've seen The Chosen..does that count?

November 13, 2007 2:49 PM  
Anonymous yudNo.22 said...

no. promise me to read "My Name is Asher Lev" and "The Gift of Asher Lev." i had a friend who *loved* C.P. and always told me to read. finally, as divine providence would have it, i did, and have never been the same since.
so much, do i honor this man, this author, that as a chanukah gift, i would offer them to you--if you supply an address. truly.

November 13, 2007 10:44 PM  
Blogger the sabra said...

i like.


November 14, 2007 3:06 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

hmm is it sholom aleichem style..?
I certainly wouldnt post my address here...and anyhow santa has you can ask him..

November 14, 2007 11:26 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

sabra likes...

November 14, 2007 11:43 AM  
Anonymous yudNo.22 said...

his style is..(i've just erased my explanation--for your own good. those books are best to be freshly experienced with nothing polluting that--even if the pollution is praiseworthy.)
make me worthy of great merit by allowing me to gift them to you--not until chanukah though.
my email:
or, maybe you could forward this to santa, as you say he knows best where to find you.

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