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.
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?
Plato's Republic sheds profound light on the real problem.
You are a good person who abides by a moral code. Then, for whatever reason, you break that code. What now?
Descartes said that reading good books is like engaging with the most cultivated minds of the past.
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.
Are we getting dumber? Apparently so.
Television writer Andrew Davies has complained that "it is now 'compulsory' to have a leading lady capable of fending for herself."
Have we gone overboard on the entitlement-attitude toward chores?
If you are looking for a great Christmas ghost story, then the Victorian M.R. James should be on your reading list.
As the Grinch discovers, a fully human life is possible only for those whose hearts are big and full.
The end result of moral nihilism, as the Soviets demonstrated, is death and destruction on an industrial scale.
Jane Austen describes a world of highly regulated social behavior in which roles and intentions were more clearly communicated than they are tody. Nevertheless, Jane Austen's world is filled with people struggling with the same weaknesses we struggle with today.
Put the propaganda aside. There is a right way to familiarize students with important social issues through real literature.
A sense of lack generates anxious feelings.
A finely designed essay ensures that the reader discovers the essay’s invention by traveling within its organization.
Ray Bradbury loved Halloween.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago offers some poignant advice for dealing with the friction in today's society.
We’re used to hearing that American college students don’t like reading and avoid tough courses where they have to. But a new course at the University of Oklahoma (OU) proves that many students are eager for a demanding course.
Life will be filled with disappointment and grief. You can prepare for setbacks by reading good literature.
How many do you practice regularly?
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.
C.S. Lewis' demon Screwtape is a wily one... and those in families can be especially prone to falling into his trap.
We miss a lot of important truths by simply sticking to new books and avoiding the old.
Chesterton was generally sympathetic to the plight of the poor, but not in the case of easy divorce.
Forty years ago, 60 percent of high school kids read books daily. Not anymore.
Is it time we abandon our unrealistic expectations of marriage?
If literature produces this sting, it also produces the cure.