Literature

Should Boys be Encouraged to Live Dangerously?

Should Boys be Encouraged to Live Dangerously?

When I was a child, my father regaled me with tales of how he and his friends once formed “The Boys Army” and spent their days creating original inventions and stockpiling weapons in their homemade fort in the woods.

In Defense of Hamlet: No, the Play is not Misogynistic

In Defense of Hamlet: No, the Play is not Misogynistic

Shakespeare's man in black is the latest victim of the gender wars. Critics claim he is an "abusive boyfriend."   

16 Politically Incorrect Thoughts from H.D. Thoreau

16 Politically Incorrect Thoughts from H.D. Thoreau

Warning: Some of these ideas may cause dizziness, shortness of breath, or irritation to conformist thinkers. 

How Pagan Writings Convinced a Famous Atheist to Convert to Christianity

How Pagan Writings Convinced a Famous Atheist to Convert to Christianity

"If I met the idea of sacrifice in a Pagan story I didn’t mind it at all … I liked it very much and was mysteriously moved by it."

Do Children Learn to Read Better From Their Parents?

Do Children Learn to Read Better From Their Parents?

Today, 14 percent of adults can’t read, and of those who can, only 13 percent are able to do so proficiently.

The Decay of our Language is Happening

The Decay of our Language is Happening

Something is clearly rotten in the state of language. 

Chesterton's Take on Oscar Wilde

Chesterton's Take on Oscar Wilde

While the two literary giants displayed similar styles, they viewed reality in fundamentally different ways. 

15 of Mark Twain’s Sassiest Witticisms
18 Ways Lord of Rings is Christian Allegory

18 Ways Lord of Rings is Christian Allegory

J.R.R. Tolkien once called Lord of the Rings “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work." Here are (about) 18 examples showing what he was talking about. 

Should Students be Taught to Argue Rationally?

Should Students be Taught to Argue Rationally?

If the high amount of emotional arguing is any indicator, students aren't learning the critical thinking which schools claim to teach.

Teacher Faces Termination for BUYING BOOKS for Students

Teacher Faces Termination for BUYING BOOKS for Students

The New York Post reports that the award-winning teacher has been removed from the classroom and faces possible termination.

How Tyrants Rise: Plato's Eerie 2,500 Year-Old Warning

How Tyrants Rise: Plato's Eerie 2,500 Year-Old Warning

When citizens are alienated from the political process they look to a champion to attack the oligarchs ruling over them. The champion will become the tyrant, Plato suggests. 

Are We Failing to Teach Boys how to Treat Women?

Are We Failing to Teach Boys how to Treat Women?

Would we see a greater culture of respect if we taught young men and women to value and embrace the differences between the sexes?

Is It Time to Stop Bashing the Liberal Arts?

Is It Time to Stop Bashing the Liberal Arts?

The debate about the relative value of studying the liberal arts is usually framed by a false dichotomy.

One Simple Way to Keep Your Child from Being a Reading Statistic

One Simple Way to Keep Your Child from Being a Reading Statistic

Between 2011 and 2015 the number of American adults who didn’t read a book in the course of a single year went from 1 in 5 to fewer than 1 in 4.

What Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Gets Right About Rules

What Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Gets Right About Rules

The most sacred rule of the jungle is that animals never hunt and eat man, outside of rare approved circumstances. Under this guiding tenet, Kipling crafts a case study of behavior.

What C.S. Lewis Thought of Testing

What C.S. Lewis Thought of Testing

Remarkable insight from the past on a trending issue.

Book BURNERS and Book BANNERS are Cut from the Same Cloth

Book BURNERS and Book BANNERS are Cut from the Same Cloth

Make no mistake, the book banners have the same motivation as the book burners. 

Science Fiction: Why So Many Intellectuals Despise It

Science Fiction: Why So Many Intellectuals Despise It

The genre was sneered at for years by those who viewed it as "low-class, childish, and quasi-pornographic." 

Oscar Wilde: Wanting to Be Left Alone Is Not 'Selfishness'

Oscar Wilde: Wanting to Be Left Alone Is Not 'Selfishness'

An important lesson for many Americans today.

Unhappy? It Might Be a Sign of Intelligence

Unhappy? It Might Be a Sign of Intelligence

The downside? It could be a sign of primitive (and cynical) thinking inherited from early homo sapiens. 

Reading to Your Child: This is why it's so important

Reading to Your Child: This is why it's so important

In a digital world, it's easy to forget how important it is to read to our children.

Can We Really Know Ourselves?

Can We Really Know Ourselves?

Yes, but one will not find that elusive knowledge by looking in a mirror.  

The Key Thing That Differentiates Ancient and Modern Schoolteachers

The Key Thing That Differentiates Ancient and Modern Schoolteachers

In recent years, America’s schools have attempted to train teachers of the highest quality.

Ben Franklin on the Value of Rational Debate

Ben Franklin on the Value of Rational Debate

In comparison to the rational debate fostered by Franklin and his fellows, is our debate all too often irrational?

The Actual ‘Sword in the Stone’?

The Actual ‘Sword in the Stone’?

Evidence suggests the Arthurian legend was inspired by the tomb of a reformed Tuscan knight. 

3 Simple Criteria for Choosing Books

3 Simple Criteria for Choosing Books

Three ways adults, parents, and teachers can guide the reading habits of young people.

Why feminists hate Lord of the Rings

Why feminists hate Lord of the Rings

"...it has been my nightmare that J.R.R. Tolkien would turn out to be the most influential writer of the twentieth century." 

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