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Leo Tolstoy grave, Yasnaya Polyana

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The first time I visited Yasnaya Polyana it was in the dead of winter. Shoveled snow was piled up shoulder-high and higher alongside the walkways and paths around the sprawling gardens of Leo Tolstoy’s former estate about a half hour’s drive south of Tula. 1,612 more words

Oksana Mysina

Book Review: Middlemarch

Middlemarch is a book by George Eliot, set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during 1829–32, following the lives of a huge range of characters. 287 more words


October 19 Whisdom

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

-Leo Tolstoy

 Words from Whis

-Patience and time are closely related. When we are bored it is because it feels as if time is moving very slow. 145 more words


Ripening Reading

When cartoonist and author Roz Chast was asked to name five books she’d never part with or would take with her on a desert island, here’s her response: 370 more words

The Need for Poetry

Margins of my high school senior English notebook are covered in beloved teacher Father Gordon Gilsdorf’s studied one-liners. Some were jokes about how his classroom was not “Gordy’s diner” or how we seniors should not be lemmings and all jump off the school’s roof after our first thesis paper. 3,621 more words


Life with Love

“All,everything that I understand,I understand only because I love.”- Leo Tolstoy

Bookish Adaptations: Anna Karenina

I think I am going to begin reviewing book adaptations on the main basis of how well they stuck with the books because let’s be honest: a truly satisfying adaptation for readers is a hard task to execute. 456 more words