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How I Found My Voice and Myself in War and Peace

How I Found My Voice and Myself in War and Peace by @andrewdkaufman #WarAndPeace #voice #Tolstoy

At a book talk I gave a few years ago, a teenage boy in the audience, intrigued by the stories I’d been telling about young characters’ tortuous journeys in War and Peace, asked me a question during the Q&A. “Did Tolstoy, like, really experience all that?” The ingenuous question got me thinking, not only about…

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Teaching Resilience Through Russian Literature

Teaching Resilience Through Russian Literature by @andrewdkaufman #resilience #Books #BooksBehindBars

When Lisa* applied to my course, “Books Behind Bars: Life, Literature, and Leadership” in which University of Virginia students lead discussions about Russian literature with incarcerated youth at Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center, she and I both had high hopes for her success in the class. Her application was impressive. A highly intelligent, passionate, socially conscious…

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This Is What Happens When Things Fall Apart

This Is What Happens When Things Fall Apart by @andrewdkaufman #FallApart #Life #LifeLessons

“Once we’re thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost; but it’s only here that the new and the good begins.” — War and Peace We’ve all had moments when our world suddenly snaps. It’s as if we’ve just woken up from a troubled night’s sleep — or perhaps even a good one — to find the…

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This is How Homemade Wisdom for Troubled Times Can Help Us Now

This is How Homemade Wisdom for Troubled Times Can Help Us Now by @andrewdkaufman, #Wisdom, #home

I can’t catch my breath or hear myself think, what with political divisiveness having reached Dostoyevskian proportions, my head spinning from the nonstop barrage of news—most of it bad, all of it “breaking”—and the general anxiety in the air. And yet, recently, out of this maelstrom there has emerged a miraculous little book by philosopher…

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