Thackeray was a brilliant observer of human nature. His advice on how to raise children deserves to be taken into consideration.
While reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved was initially akin to pulling teeth, I found it to be an enriching read.
It is therefore the batman, not The Batman, who is the real hero.
Why have we rejected classic children’s books for the chaotic mess of modern children's books?
We must look back at Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and say, “Never again.”
Is there something about the quiet, relaxed beauty of the outdoors that does something to refresh not only our bodies, but our souls as well?
“Contraceptives are the greatest life-saving, poverty-ending, women-empowering innovation ever created.”
The Little Mermaid is a great story that teaches how to deal with unrequited love.
I’m not here to talk politics.
We’re not perfect, and neither were the Hobbits. Deep friendships take time, energy, and forgiveness.
Many embrace liberty and her handmaid, freedom, but disregard or push away the requisite responsibilities these two spirits demand.
Amazingly, watching a dog act out the plot of classic novels doesn’t veer too far into the absurd.
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.
The Livraria Lello bookshop in Portugal now requires prospective patrons to purchase a voucher, or ticket, in order to gain entry.
In the decades since the time of its publication, the context of Orwell’s magnum opus has been lost.
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?
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?
A virtues project from Narnia.
In having heroes “we make the best features of an historical person’s life” our own.
George Orwell and Charles Dickens offer some disturbing insight into how totalitarianism works.
This counters the idea that teenagers respond poorly to Shakespeare's work.
Given McGuffey’s five generations of successful use in the classroom, maybe modern educators have something to learn from this approach.
The future is neither 1984 nor Brave New World. It’s a mix of both.
How do we know what true love looks like?
"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."
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?
The difference today is not that there are any more things about the past we don't like, but in our reaction to them.
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.