Literature

How to Prepare for Bad News?  Good literature and art.

How to Prepare for Bad News? Good literature and art.

Life will be filled with disappointment and grief.  You can prepare for setbacks by reading good literature. 

An Author Explains 5 Steps to Becoming a Smart Reader

An Author Explains 5 Steps to Becoming a Smart Reader

How many do you practice regularly?

C.S Lewis Explains the Best Way to Handle Change

C.S Lewis Explains the Best Way to Handle Change

Change is awesome, but transition is terrifying, and sometimes changing your state in life (even to the slightest degree) feels as dramatic and painful as trying to saw your arm off.

Three Ways We ‘Screwtape’ Our Families

Three Ways We ‘Screwtape’ Our Families

C.S. Lewis' demon Screwtape is a wily one... and those in families can be especially prone to falling into his trap.

A Backward View: Older Books and the Culture of the Now

A Backward View: Older Books and the Culture of the Now

We miss a lot of important truths by simply sticking to new books and avoiding the old.

Why Every Sane Society Encourages Marriage, Not Divorce

Why Every Sane Society Encourages Marriage, Not Divorce

Chesterton was generally sympathetic to the plight of the poor, but not in the case of easy divorce.

High Schoolers Don't Read Books Anymore… and Why That Sets Them Up for Failure

High Schoolers Don't Read Books Anymore… and Why That Sets Them Up for Failure

Forty years ago, 60 percent of high school kids read books daily. Not anymore.

Soulmate Marriage: An Unrealistic Goal?

Soulmate Marriage: An Unrealistic Goal?

Is it time we abandon our unrealistic expectations of marriage?

Are Trigger Warnings Ruining Literature?

Are Trigger Warnings Ruining Literature?

If literature produces this sting, it also produces the cure. 

How 'The Abolition of Man' Destroys the Idols of the Postmodern Age

How 'The Abolition of Man' Destroys the Idols of the Postmodern Age

In the modern world, C.S. Lewis argues in The Abolition of Man, we have trained the head and encouraged the heart, while neglecting the soul, the most important part of the person. As Lewis so scathingly puts it, we are producing men without chests.

How Ideological Polarization Harms Society

How Ideological Polarization Harms Society

Unless we are willing to open ourselves up to criticism and freely weigh, discuss, and consider the ideologies behind opposing viewpoints, will we not continue to relegate ourselves to a society where contention reigns supreme? 

Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’: The Science Fiction Masterpiece You Probably Haven’t Read

Isaac Asimov’s ‘Foundation’: The Science Fiction Masterpiece You Probably Haven’t Read

The Foundation series—which Apple reportedly is adapting into a television series—is a masterpiece of science-fiction literature.

George Orwell Knew We'd Buy the Screens That Are Used Against Us

George Orwell Knew We'd Buy the Screens That Are Used Against Us

When acting on our desires in the marketplace means signing over our data to corporate entities, the erosion of choice is revealed to be the consequence of choice – or at least, the consequence of celebrating choice.

101 Books Millennials Should Read Before They Die

101 Books Millennials Should Read Before They Die

The dark curse laid upon Millennials has condemned them to read nothing longer than 140 characters. We hope that our list will lift this dismal hex and allow them to saunter through the sunny uplands of Western culture.

Why Christians Should Read Detective Fiction

Why Christians Should Read Detective Fiction

Detective fiction has been consistently interpreted as an inherently religious genre by such Christian literary luminaries as W.H. Auden and Dorothy L. Sayers

The Art of Beautification: The Graces of Ordinary Life

The Art of Beautification: The Graces of Ordinary Life

The art of happiness requires the gift of beautifying daily life with the gracious touches that decorate rooms, select elegant clothing, bring cheer into others’ lives, create hospitable social occasions, and cultivate the manners that create harmony and affability in human relationships.

Robert Frost, Original Sin, and Why Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Robert Frost, Original Sin, and Why Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

The liberal rage against the border wall has much to do with the nature of boundaries. Walls, borders, and fences are manifestations of restraint. Fallen humanity naturally resists the restraints of order that keep the unbridled passions under control. Walls are needed to keep the peace…

Pascal on Why Living in the Present Is So Difficult (Yet so Important)

Pascal on Why Living in the Present Is So Difficult (Yet so Important)

We spend most of our lives not truly living at all but shoring up goods for some time in the future when we can enjoy them—which never comes since we have incapacitated ourselves from enjoying the present.

William Shatner Defended Laura Ingalls Wilder on Twitter. Now He's Being Accused of Racism.

William Shatner Defended Laura Ingalls Wilder on Twitter. Now He's Being Accused of Racism.

The decision to rename the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award didn’t sit well with former Stark Trek actor William Shatner. And now he's being called a racist. 

Les Miserables: What Permit Patty's Outburst Can Teach Us About Mercy

Les Miserables: What Permit Patty's Outburst Can Teach Us About Mercy

For the unlucky few who win the internet lottery, misdeeds become fodder for public judgement. Did the severity of the crime match the severity of the punishment? 

Do America's Reading Habits Explain Today's Lack of Clear Thinking? (See Chart)

Do America's Reading Habits Explain Today's Lack of Clear Thinking? (See Chart)

Of the hours Americans devote to free time, one area in particular is rather shortchanged.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Hits the PC Guillotine

Laura Ingalls Wilder Hits the PC Guillotine

If the PC craziness can topple Laura Ingalls Wilder, then it can topple just about anything.

'Bourgeois Dignity': The Idea that Created the Modern World

'Bourgeois Dignity': The Idea that Created the Modern World

In her book Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World, Deirdre McCloskey offers a persuasive narrative that explores the causes of the Industrial Revolution. 

3 Tips from Ernest Dimnet on Choosing Books—For Yourself and For Your Children

3 Tips from Ernest Dimnet on Choosing Books—For Yourself and For Your Children

Our culture is full of sour stuff. We could all use a little bit more nectar.

The Op-Ed on Diversity that Got a Best-Selling American Author Sacked by Penguin

The Op-Ed on Diversity that Got a Best-Selling American Author Sacked by Penguin

Lionel Shriver was sacked by Penguin Random House for penning an op-ed critical of the company's new diversity policy.

A (Manageable) Summer Reading List for the Beach

A (Manageable) Summer Reading List for the Beach

Don't forget the sun screen.

Why America’s Self-Help Industry Is Booming

Why America’s Self-Help Industry Is Booming

In his 1989 book Oracle at the Supermarket, psychologist Steven Starker explained how the self-help industry had become a sort of spiritual guide for individuals seeking answers.

What Getting Out of Bed in the Morning Can Teach Us About Success and Human Nature

What Getting Out of Bed in the Morning Can Teach Us About Success and Human Nature

In his 'Meditations,' Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius observed that a key to growth is training ourselves to do the things we don't wish to do.

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