Argument over literature leads to death


Some people take literature extremely seriously.


For the second time in the space of a few months there has been an article in the paper about death/serious injury resulting from an argument over literature in Russia.


Apparently a discussion between two drunken men in Irbit as to which genre is more important - poetry or prose – escalated to the point where the poetry fan stabbed the one defending prose, killing him.


In September there was a similar incident in Rostov-on-Don where two men arguing about the philosopher Immanuel Kant got so worked up that one shot the other in the head. The victim survived.


Ironically, Immanuel Kant was known, among other things, for his writings on moral philosophy.


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