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The Real 'Anna Karenina' Translators Have Been Missing

Marian Schwartz | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
Marian Schwartz

Anna Karenina gets around. She's had a second career touring the world, dropping in on television studios and movie sets, portrayed by Greta Garbo, S...

The Unlikely Disciple Who Took Over Tolstoy's Life

Alexandra Popoff | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Alexandra Popoff

Four years ago, I explained in my blog how enduring misconceptions about Sophia Tolstoy's character and marriage prompted me to write her biography. Back then I could not tell the whole story about the Tolstoys' family drama.

How A Near-Death Experience Inspired Bill Maher's Executive Producer To Write His Latest Play

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion

One can only avoid life's big questions for so long. And when writer Scott Carter finally faced those questions, the result was the creation of his...

Jaweed Kaleem

What Jefferson, Dickens And Tolstoy Can Teach Us About Exploring The Big Questions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion

In 1804, over three consecutive evenings, President Thomas Jefferson completed a private spiritual project. Using the King James Bible, he took a penk...

New Play 'Discord' Is Like Your Philosophy 101 Class, But Funnier

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts

At some point in our lives, we've all asked ourselves the same two questions: "Why are we here?" and "Does God exist?" Scott Carter's new play "Dis...

Light and Shade: Celebrating Tolstoy's 186th

Lauren Daley | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Lauren Daley

I'm a newspaper book columnist -- was an English major! -- and yet shamefully realized last summer at age 31 that'd I'd never read "Anna Karenina."

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy's Little-Known Collection of Quotes to Nourish the Soul

Lucy Horner | Posted 11.08.2014 | Books
Lucy Horner

One of Tolstoy's most exciting publications has passed by almost unnoticed.

To Rome With Audrey, With Turrell to the Sky

Edward Goldman | Posted 10.26.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

I've been in love with Audrey Hepburn all my life. Well, not really all my life, but at least since the moment I saw her in William Wyler's 1953 classic film, Roman Holiday. I was just a kid living in Russia, and I could only dream about traveling to Rome.

5 Reasons Why Twentysomethings Should Read Tolstoy

Lucy Horner | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books
Lucy Horner

Tolstoy is actually a pretty appropriate author for twentysomethings to be reading in our current society. Although he lived in Russia over one-hundred years ago, Tolstoy and his characters knew all about ambition, failure, stress, and striving for meaning and goodness.

The Sufferings of Young Everyman

Francis Levy | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

When you read about the lives of great thinkers and artists, one is forced to note that the human factor is the one thing that is often missing.

Rembrandt is in. Putin is out.

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

The photograph on the front page of today's New York Times took me by surprise and, to be honest, threw me for a loop. Here is President Barack Obam...

Author of 'Far From the Tree' Not Always Close to the Truth

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Books
Neil S. Greenspan

Andrew Solomon is the author of the positively-reviewed, quite popular, and award-winning book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search f...

What's Your Story? Making Use of Your Past

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

There is no such thing as a story without a listener. This uniquely human act of telling our story both creates us and connects us. The character we narrate gives birth to the character we are in the context of a relationship.

On Studying Russian Literature

Lauren Schuhmacher | Posted 04.06.2014 | College
Lauren Schuhmacher

Lots of people around campus ask why I decided to take this class, considering the high volume of assigned reading. I'm in this class because I've loved Russian Literature since I was a sophomore in high school.

Russia Today: A Short Interview With Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812's David Abeles

Danny Groner | Posted 04.03.2014 | Arts
Danny Groner

It's hard to put into words what it's like to witness Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 in person. You're sort of crashing the party just by turning up on their set. Don't expect anything you've ever seen before.

The Cosmists

Francis Levy | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

C.P. Snow's Two Cultures essay famously eschewed the separation between science and art and there have been many attempts to bridge the gap between th...

Sex. Vodka. Opera. You Must See: The Great Comet of 1812

Jonathan D. Lovitz | Posted 02.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan D. Lovitz

If you're in New York, you owe it to yourself to see the sexiest, most mind-blowing night of singing and sin you'll ever experience.

9 Astounding Facts That Will Blow Your Bibliophilic Mind

The Huffington Post | Liat Kornowski | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books

Still not sure what to buy your great aunt this Thanksgiving, your colleagues for Christmas or your graduating son next spring? We've got you covered....

Deleting Tolstoy

Carl Pettit | Posted 12.08.2013 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Tackling Tolstoy was an emotional, as well as a financial investment. Even if you couldn't wade through the hefty prose, that beautiful hardback edition would display prominently on your oak bookshelf, right next to your edition of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce.

7 Life Lessons From 'Anna Karenina'

Posted 09.09.2013 | Books

Today marks what would have been Leo Tolstoy's 185th birthday! If the author of "War and Peace" were alive today, we're sure he'd celebrate in style (...

WATCH: Leo Tolstoy's 80th Birthday Party

Posted 08.28.2013 | Books

A few weeks from now will mark the 185th birthday of Leo Tolstoy, author of "War and Peace," "Anna Karenina," and many other uplifting stories! To cel...

These Terms and Conditions Shouldn't Apply to Anyone

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Mark Weinstein

Similar to Vine, they can rent or sell your information as they see fit, as long as it adheres to its Privacy Policy, which as a living document, it can change at any time without notifying you. Did you follow that?

Murder, She Read: Why Bad Deeds Make Good Fictions

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 09.08.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

Why is it generally considered not only acceptable but even pleasurable to read about adultery and murder when society doesn't tolerate them in real life?

Aisle View: Let 'em Eat Pierogi

Steven Suskin | Posted 07.21.2013 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

This is an edgy, gimmicky, nouveau musical wrapped in a gaudily immersive, dinner theater atmosphere; "an electropop opera ripped from a slice of War and Peace," in their own words.

'War And Peace' Sings! Colin Quinn Gets Scholarly! 'Family' Flops!

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.18.2013 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Turn the sprawling masterpiece War And Peace by Leo Tolstoy into a musical? Well, it worked for Les Miserables, so why not?