Leo Tolstoy is Quitting Facebook

After multiple scandals the legendary author is leaving the troubled social network but his trail of historic posts remains

Paul Greenberg

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July 8th, 1847: Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy joined Facebook.

Turgenev wrote on Tolstoy’s wall: Welcome Count! What made you break down after all the monde of belles lettres has already come and gone across these pages?

Tolstoy commented on Turgenev’s comment: Schopenhauer joined.

Turgenev sent Tolstoy a personal message: A confidential warning — Facebook is a catastrophic time-suck for Slavophile and Westernizer alike. Continue and you will never write a really big one. By the way — LOVED The Cossacks. Best thing in the Russian language, EVER!

Tolstoy is reading Turgenev’s collected work.

Tolstoy thinks Turgenev’s writing is putrid and indulgent.

Tolstoy has posted an event: Duel with Turgenev.

Turgenev is attending the event: Duel with Turgenev.

Tolstoy has canceled the event: Duel with Turgenev.

Tolstoy is bored and depressed and embarrassed about the whole duel thing.

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Paul Greenberg

New York Times bestselling author of Four Fish as well as The Climate Diet and Goodbye Phone, Hello World paulgreenberg.org