[NetBehaviour] FW: [TriumphOfContent] Poetry-vs.-Prose Argument Leads to Stabbing Death in Russia

michael gurstein gurstein at gmail.com
Sun Feb 2 06:05:24 CET 2014

Not sure if this has risen to the surface here or not


But somehow seems appropriate




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At risk of being somewhat reductionist, here is a bit of advice: Russians
love poetry. Fuck with that at your own risk. If, for example, you tell a
learned Russian that "the only real literature is prose," don't be surprised
when he shivs you in the face.

According the the Russian news service
oetry-Over-Prose-Dispute.html> RIA-Novosti:

A former teacher was detained in Russia's Urals after being accused of
stabbing an acquaintance to death in a dispute about literary genres,
investigators said Wednesday.

The 67-year-old victim insisted that "the only real literature is prose,"
the Sverdlovsk Region's branch of the Investigative Committee said.

The victim's assertion outraged the 53-year-old suspect, who favored poetry,
and the dispute ended with the ex-teacher stabbing his friend to death,
investigators said.

Both of the men were purportedly drunk at the time.

What can be said about this? In one sense, since it leads to a murderous
dispute, the pen proves itself mightier than the sword. On the other hand,
screw that noise: Dude with the blade won this round. All we can really say
for sure is 1) the real truth of genres is that comedy and tragedy coexist
easily; and 2) these assholes are lucky
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gy%C3%B6rgy_Luk%C3%A1cs> Lukács wasn't there
to murder them both for decadent subjectivism and a failure to privilege the
realist novel.

Relatedly, one Russian man shot another repeatedly with rubber bullets after
they had a dispute over the philosophy of Immanuel Kant while waiting on
line for some beers.
over-immanuel-kants-philosophy-8820327.html> That attack, in Rostov on Don
last September, was categorically wrong. But sublime nonetheless.



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