Category Archives: Tolstoy (Leo)

Brown’s Populism Comes from Tolstoy

Friday While I don’t yet know whom I will be supporting for the 2020 Democratic nominee for president—I very much like the women who have declared so far—I have a soft spot for Ohio’s Sherrod Brown. Brown, whose working class sympathies helped him comfortably win reelection in a red state, just made his case stronger […]

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H. W. Bush’s “War and Peace” Lessons

“War and Peace” was the late H. W. Bush’s favorite novel. Perhaps he imitated Gen. Kutuzov by withdrawing from Iraq after winning.

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“Anna Karenina” Saves a Prisoner’s Life

In an inspiring podcast, “Rough Translation” recounts how “Anna Karenina,” tapped out in morse code, saved a Somali political prisoner from madness.

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Tolstoy: For Happiness, Love & Sacrifice

In “The Cossacks,” a dissipated young man finds spiritual meaning when he journeys to the Caucasus.

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Tolstoy’s Love Affair with Mosquitoes

Abhorrent though mosquitoes are to me, Tolstoy finds a way to live with them and even arrive at existential insights.

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How Tolstoy Would Judge Jeff Sessions

Leo Tolstoy, who calls out public officials who abuse the public trust, would have choice words for the American attorney general.

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Worshipping Our Lord, the Dollar

Trump is a believer in prosperity theology, which made the news after a Houston pastor initially refused to do more than pray for flood victims. Tolstoy in “Resurrection” has choice words for such men.

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What Tennis Meant to Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy picked up tennis late in life, even though at one point seeing it as symbolic of bourgeois decadence. A look at the novel “Resurrection” explains why he changed.

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Tolstoy on Resisting a Narcissist

If Trump is like Napoleon in Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” can he be defeated by popular resistance, as he is in Tolstoy’s novel?

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