Literature

Surprising Parenting Advice From 'Vanity Fair'

Surprising Parenting Advice From 'Vanity Fair'

Thackeray was a brilliant observer of human nature. His advice on how to raise children deserves to be taken into consideration.

Why I’m Glad I Read Toni Morrison’s Beloved (Even Though I Didn’t Want To)

Why I’m Glad I Read Toni Morrison’s Beloved (Even Though I Didn’t Want To)

While reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved was initially akin to pulling teeth, I found it to be an enriching read.

The Batman and Tolkien’s Batman

The Batman and Tolkien’s Batman

It is therefore the batman, not The Batman, who is the real hero.

Why Are Children’s Books Narrating Confusion?

Why Are Children’s Books Narrating Confusion?

Why have we rejected classic children’s books for the chaotic mess of modern children's books?

Apocalypse Now: Be Careful What You Wish For

Apocalypse Now: Be Careful What You Wish For

We must look back at Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and say, “Never again.”

How Children Are Missing Life’s Meaning

How Children Are Missing Life’s Meaning

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?

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 Good Books Are Better When You Talk About Them

A virtues project from Narnia.

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.

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