I studied physics in college but found myself reading a lot of Russian literature.
I was awestruck by the insights into human behavior offered by writers of great fiction, especially the penetrating psychological studies Fyodor Dostoevsky made of his characters. Reading his examinations of human motivation and religious belief at an impressionable age was one of the most educational experiences I've ever had.
A few years after I graduated, I read an obituary of Anthony Powell in the N.Y. Times. I decided to read his magnum opus, A Dance To the Music of Time. I was mesmerized by Powell's command of the English language and his astute observation of human maneuvering amidst rigid social mores. Reading Powell convinced me there is a truth in great works of fiction unattainable in other endeavors of man.
This website is my effort to showcase great writing found in literature, biography, science, and historical studies. Enjoy!