Life has turned into some kind of a crooked mirror, reflecting everything in a distorted way. They are now drawing up “children congresses.” In the press articles have appeared that second grade gymnasium students (and among them all, without exception, are maximalist anarchists) are issuing resolutions on the change of the regime:
so that “every day, the first course was cranberry jelly, and the third—ice cream,” “to remove chronology from the history textbook, and in geography to abolish longitude, latitude, meridians, and in arithmetic—fractions!”
My dear, beloved daughter, yesterday I was horribly tired (conference in “New Life,” a meeting in the city elections commission, a big female demonstration), and now they are phoning me that a special ship has arrived for me from Kronstadt, where they have invited me to deliver a speech at a large demonstration of soldiers and sailors. Life here is grandiose in everything, and is tragic and tremendous. See more
So today I have to content myself with a postcard and to send with it my warm kiss to both of you. When I think about you—my heart suddenly stops from love, anxiety, and yearning for you. My dear, dear.
Your dad, Tolya
During this visit to Paris, Stravinsky introduced me to his great friend Maurice Ravel. The meeting took place in his studio, on the outskirts of Paris. The thirty-year-old Ravel, who has already written the music to the ballet “Daphnis and Chloe” was a smart and erudite interlocutor. For a long time we discussed the idea, suggested to me by the painting of Robert Delaunay, of showing a football match by means of choreography. See more
Positions, movements, the rhythm and the virtuosity of sport, according to him, was not hard to turn into forms of contemporary ballet. I was also interested in the image of the ball flying from one group of dancers to another, and agreed, that this subject would be very fitting for creating new, various movements and combinations.
Dear friend! At all cost we need to speed up the meeting of the left, international, and only of the left. Write what you can do to for this: money (the known sum of 3-4 thousand rubles) we will send soon. If the international meeting of the left were soon, then the third International could be formed. See more
Can we rely on the Scandinavian left? Can we hope to receive the English and the Americans? Write to me what you are attempting. Sorry that I write infrequently: I am devilishly busy. I hope that now you have been told everything.
Shake your hand firmly. Your Lenin.
I received the following reply from Lord Robert:
"It is difficult to give you even an approximate date for coming on leave until we see how things shape after Henderson's arrival. In any case, I think it very desirable that you should not start until he has got thoroughly into touch with the Russian Government and the Socialist leaders. See more
There is no question of your being recalled. Your services have been and remain most highly valued by His Majesty's Government, and, so far as can be seen at present, we shall most certainly wish to have you back in Petrograd in due course."
It was a nice light day. After noon it got to be 20 degrees in the shade, I took a walk for an hour during the morning while Alexis played on the island, I finished the first volume of Problems of the Russian Army by Kuropatkin and started the second. From 2:15 until 5:00 I worked very hard in the vegetable garden and perspired.