Tag Archives: Leo Tolstoy

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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Read to Resist: An Introduction

Thursday I share today the introduction to my upcoming book, which is still in draft form and whose title I keep changing. Latest title: Read to Resist: Classic Lit Provides Tools for Battling Trump and Trumpism. I’m still not entirely satisfied with that and so will keep tinkering. In any event, here’s my first attempt […]

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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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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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Great Pro-War Literature Doesn’t Exist

In which I argue that great pro-war literature doesn’t exist, including “The iliad” and “War and Peace.” (Both works are magnificent; I just don’t see them as pro-war.)

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