Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

Growing up, I had a Great Uncle Nick who would captivate us with the tales of how he and his family escaped from Russia as a boy; Alexander Solzhenitsyn wasn't as fortunate. Having survived eight years in a Russian gulag, his Nobel Prize winning books chronicle the horrors of Stalin's slave labor camps. Solzhenitsyn died yesterday. He was 89.

  1. August 4, 2008 -

    I saw that first thing this morning and was sad. I read both "A Day in the Life..." and the "Gulag..." Both were amazing and made me realize just how fortunate I was to be, by the accident of my birth, an American. Glorious portrait of him here! You've managed to make him look soft. Quite a life he led...