Literature

Melinda Gates’ Love Letter to the Pill

Melinda Gates’ Love Letter to the Pill

“Contraceptives are the greatest life-saving, poverty-ending, women-empowering innovation ever created.”

What ‘The Little Mermaid’ Really Teaches About Unrequited Love

What ‘The Little Mermaid’ Really Teaches About Unrequited Love

The Little Mermaid is a great story that teaches how to deal with unrequited love.

Three Things Wrong With "Atlas Shrugged" (That Have Nothing to Do With Objectivism)
Why We Need Second Breakfast: Three Things Hobbits Teach About Friendship

Why We Need Second Breakfast: Three Things Hobbits Teach About Friendship

We’re not perfect, and neither were the Hobbits. Deep friendships take time, energy, and forgiveness.

A Wolf, A Dog, and the Declaration of Independence

A Wolf, A Dog, and the Declaration of Independence

Many embrace liberty and her handmaid, freedom, but disregard or push away the requisite responsibilities these two spirits demand.

How a Backflipping Terrier Got Me Reading

How a Backflipping Terrier Got Me Reading

Amazingly, watching a dog act out the plot of classic novels doesn’t veer too far into the absurd.

Twelve Quotes from Leo Tolstoy on Truth, Violence, and Government

Twelve Quotes from Leo Tolstoy on Truth, Violence, and Government

Tolstoy is best remembered for his voluminous masterpiece novels, Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Yet, in quantity, at least, Tolstoy’s philosophical works rivaled his fiction.

How Portugal’s Livraria Lello Uses Price Discrimination to Improve Its Business

How Portugal’s Livraria Lello Uses Price Discrimination to Improve Its Business

The Livraria Lello bookshop in Portugal now requires prospective patrons to purchase a voucher, or ticket, in order to gain entry.

Orwell’s '1984': How to Misread a Classic

Orwell’s '1984': How to Misread a Classic

In the decades since the time of its publication, the context of Orwell’s magnum opus has been lost.

A Balm for Our Pain: The Power of Words

A Balm for Our Pain: The Power of Words

What if words are all we have? What if they are one of the only shields left to absorb the hammer blows of our circumstances and failures?

Three Classic Reads That Are Still Relevant Today

Three Classic Reads That Are Still Relevant Today

We often overlook books from the past, preferring to look at something fresh and relevant. But might these works from the past give us fresh insight into present issues?

Why Good Books Are Better When You Talk About Them
Why It's Important to Have Heroes

Why It's Important to Have Heroes

In having heroes “we make the best features of an historical person’s life” our own.

How Totalitarians Force Confessions From Innocent People

How Totalitarians Force Confessions From Innocent People

George Orwell and Charles Dickens offer some disturbing insight into how totalitarianism works.

Research Reveals Teenagers Actually Love the Bard

Research Reveals Teenagers Actually Love the Bard

This counters the idea that teenagers respond poorly to Shakespeare's work.

Three Public Speaking Tips From a Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie

Three Public Speaking Tips From a Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie

Given McGuffey’s five generations of successful use in the classroom, maybe modern educators have something to learn from this approach.

Two and Two Now Equal Five

Two and Two Now Equal Five

The future is neither 1984 nor Brave New World. It’s a mix of both.

How to Know If You’re Truly ‘In Love’

How to Know If You’re Truly ‘In Love’

How do we know what true love looks like?

Evidence Suggests Some Schools are Finally Freeing Students from the Bonds of Mediocrity

Evidence Suggests Some Schools are Finally Freeing Students from the Bonds of Mediocrity

"We suppress genius because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious."

What Elizabeth Bennett Can Teach Us about Laughter

What Elizabeth Bennett Can Teach Us about Laughter

It's one thing to recognize that laughter has benefits, but how do we go about laughing more and cultivating a healthy sense of humor?

How PC Moralism Cuts Us Off From Our Cultural Heritage

How PC Moralism Cuts Us Off From Our Cultural Heritage

The difference today is not that there are any more things about the past we don't like, but in our reaction to them.

Five Famous Shakespeare Quotes You're Probably Taking Out of Context

Five Famous Shakespeare Quotes You're Probably Taking Out of Context

While it is true that Shakespeare interacts with deep and compelling themes, and some of his plays do have a very somber tone, it’s interesting to see how many of his oft-quoted lines actually appear in moments of comic relief.

Why College Students Have More in Common with Non-PC Authors Than They Realize

Why College Students Have More in Common with Non-PC Authors Than They Realize

The difference between the liberality of the liberal arts and the censorship imposed by political liberals is that advocates of the liberal arts invite the “heretics” to the great conversation whereas political liberals seek to silence them as dangerous dissidents.

Homer’s Advice for Fathers and Sons

Homer’s Advice for Fathers and Sons

What would Homer say if he had the opportunity to not only see, but correspond with, those of us who live in the twenty-first century?

The Root of Our Troubles

The Root of Our Troubles

Plato's Republic sheds profound light on the real problem.

Discovering How to Make Peace with Ourselves After Moral Failure

Discovering How to Make Peace with Ourselves After Moral Failure

You are a good person who abides by a moral code. Then, for whatever reason, you break that code. What now?

Ten Books that Make Us Human

Ten Books that Make Us Human

Descartes said that reading good books is like engaging with the most cultivated minds of the past.

Homer's Advice for Husbands and Wives

Homer's Advice for Husbands and Wives

Homer writes about honor, war, politics and love.  His portrait of the marriages of Hector and Andromache as well as  Odysseus and Penelope provides good advice for successful relationships. 

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