The Reality of Absolution


Over on the National Book Critic Circle’s blog, Sam Sacks relays his experience reading Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, both as a teenager and an adult desperate to believe in a distance between his present self and that teenager. Both a fantastic little exploration of a classic and a sincere dive into the personal, Sacks’s thoughts are good thoughts, even if such an amazing book is left ruined by adolescent conceptions.

Kyle Williams is a student at Brooklyn College, studying creative writing and literature. You can find more from him on Tumblr at, but don't feel like you have to. More from this author →