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.



Paul Greenberg

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