June 7th, 2022 | 1 hr 58 mins
academia, the death of ivan ilyich, tolstoy
Ivan Ilyich is a man. All men are mortal. So Ivan Ilyich is mortal. Sure absolutely, that’s true for Ivan Ilyich and for all men. But we’re not Ivan Ilyich and we’re not ‘all men’- so what does this have to do with us? Right? David and Tamler confront their mortality as they discuss Leo Tolstoy’s brilliant and chilling short story “The Death of Ivan Ilyich.”
Plus the ‘Why I am leaving academia’ essay has become its own genre. But is this profession really that much worse relative to others?