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Light and Shade: Celebrating Tolstoy's 186th

Lauren Daley | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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."

Do the Humanities Help Us Understand the World in Which We Live?

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Daniel R. Schwarz

Readers of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy will better understand Putins's behavior and his response to Western disapproval if they remember those 19th century authors' deep skepticism of the Enlightenment's emphasis on logic and reason.

Movie Review: Stories We Tell

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell is one of the year's best films: funny, moving, thought-provoking -- and so personal that it strikes universal chords.

Anna Karenina, Unfinished

Sean Lyngaas | Posted 01.21.2013 | Entertainment
Sean Lyngaas

Joe Wright's adaptation neglects one of the most intriguing and autobiographical storylines of the novel.

Review: Anna Karenina

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

With Keira Knightley as the muse, Joe Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard transform Tolstoy's classic into a film that is emotionally wrenching, even as it turns the world it depicts inside out.

Are the Rules of Engagement for Serious Novels Changing?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.17.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

The one great hope for future generations of writers and readers of serious novels is the success of a category that is showing remarkable buoyancy, the young adult novel.

Jane Austen in Saudi Arabia: What Books You Read Say About You

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 09.04.2012 | Books
Rym Tina Ghazal

There is something comforting about looking at bookshelves filled with volumes that you have read. And there is no feeling worse than when the shelves are full and you have to throw out or donate some of the books.

Tolstoy in Rio: A Climate Change Analogy

Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2012 | Books
Christopher Michaelson, Ph.D.

Tolstoy's little-known short novel, Master and Man, holds the analogical key to resolving a critical issue of global economic justice. Tolstoy was regarded as a prophet in his own time, so why not in ours, too?

PHOTOS: Epic Literary Mustaches

| Posted 01.20.2012 | Books

By Alison Nastasi for Flavorwire: Happy birthday to Gothic lit god Edgar Allan Poe, whose chilling tales have influenced innumerable artists of eve...

Are You a "Real" Writer?

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 01.11.2012 | Books
Eliezer Sobel

Writers learn early on that there are actually many people out there, incomprehensible as it may seem, who simply do not enjoy reading our work. (We p...

Patti Smith's Peaceable Kingdom

Dorothy Spears | Posted 12.26.2011 | Arts
Dorothy Spears

For the opening of her exhibit, Patti Smith: Camera Solo at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT last week, Patti Smith gave a concert celebrating essential connections between art, music, and literature.

10 Books You Really Should Have Read In High School: An Alternate List

flavorwire.com | Posted 10.08.2011 | Books

This week, we came across this list of ‘books you really should have read in high school’ over at MSNBC’s Today Books. While their picks are def...

The Stockholm Syndrome Theory Of Long Novels

themillions.com | Posted 07.16.2011 | Books

I used to be the kind of reader who gives short shrift to long novels. I used to take a wan pleasure in telling friends who had returned from a tour o...

Meet The Graphics Guru Who Is Revolutionizing The Way We See Data

The Information Sage | Posted 07.13.2011 | Books

One day in the spring of 2009, Edward Tufte, the statistician and graphic design theorist, took the train from his home in Cheshire, Connecticut, to W...

Thinking About War and Peace

Norman MacAfee | Posted 06.13.2011 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

When I first saw Bondarchuk's "War and Peace," in 1968, in New York, it was presented in two parts and ran six hours. You went in the afternoon, broke for dinner, then came back for the rest. It was stupendous.

American Publishing: A Lesson From Tolstoy's Inkwell

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Agin

The collapse of Borders is akin to the collapse of Lehman Brothers on Wall Street, and it suggests that too many people in American publishing don't know what the hell they're doing.

Keep Away From Women: Among Tolstoy's 10 Rules Of Life

Boing Boing | Mark Frauenfelder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project (a book about how to be more happy and grateful, which I enjoyed very much) ran this list of Tolstoy's...

'Celebrity Chekov'

nydailynews.com | Gatecrasher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In "Celebrity Chekhov," out Tuesday from Harper Perennial, Ben Greenman, an editor at The New Yorker, has adapted the Russian literary great's 19th-c...

WATCH: Denis Leary Says...

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Denis Leary is at it again, this time in his own book trailer for "Suck On This Year." He says people only pretend to read Franzen and other things th...

Under The Influence

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Writing a book is usually a long, hair-pulling affair for the author. But in the end, only one name appears on the front of the book: their own. What...

Tolstoy Fled In The Middle Of The Night 100 Years Ago Today

Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Today, on October 28, exactly 100 years ago, Leo Tolstoy disappeared in the middle of the night. He was found two days later in a monastery; his flig...

Nobel Prize Snubs In Literature

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Since 1901, the Nobel Committee has honored outstanding individuals in the fields of science, peace and literature with a medal, personal diploma, cas...

'I Am A Woman!'

Cathy Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Cathy Porter

It may be that we would have had none of his great novels without her, but it's her candid account of their 48-year marriage that makes her diaries so compelling.

David Foster Wallace Thought Readers Are Smart And Tolstoy Was His Role Model

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Smarter than You Think Wyatt Mason The New York Review of Books Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallac...

"War and Peace" Doesn't Have To Be Hard

Salon | Laura Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Many people swear that, come summer, they'll finally get around to reading a classic work of literature they missed during their student years; "War a...