Literature

Who will read in the future?

Who will read in the future?

Facebook is betting that video will kill text within 5 years.

J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex and Love

J.R.R. Tolkien on Sex and Love

J.R.R. Tolkien learned some things about human nature, sex and love during and following his love affair with wife Edith Bratt. Here are eight observations.

The Glorious Inefficiency of Local Bookstores

The Glorious Inefficiency of Local Bookstores

Like its cousin the public library, the bookstore once connoted the posture of reflective quiet that digesting a good book requires. No longer.

Why We Shouldn't Confuse Philanthropy and Welfare

Why We Shouldn't Confuse Philanthropy and Welfare

Friedrich Hayek was right to voice caution against using coercion to achieve a 'greater good'.

How to Tell if Someone is Lying to You: 6 Signs to Look for

How to Tell if Someone is Lying to You: 6 Signs to Look for

Harvard-educated author and self-described "lie spotter" Pamela Meyer says spotting lies is not that hard--if you know what signs to look for.  

‘Wimpy Kid’ Author Explains Why Today’s Kids Can’t Hold Conversations

‘Wimpy Kid’ Author Explains Why Today’s Kids Can’t Hold Conversations

It's a growing problem that the best-selling author is quite concerned about.

The Morality of Modern Education is Relativism

The Morality of Modern Education is Relativism

One consequence of this subjection of truth to selfishness is the rupture between modern education and traditional virtue.

How America Became Class Conscious

How America Became Class Conscious

Class is changing in America, as are our perceptions of it.

6 Statistics That Show How Much America Has Changed in a Half-Century

6 Statistics That Show How Much America Has Changed in a Half-Century

Here are six statistics that drive home just how much things have changed in America in a little more than a half-century:

‘Shattered’ Reveals the True Villains of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

‘Shattered’ Reveals the True Villains of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

In 'Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign,' Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes offer readers a front-row seat to the Clinton trainwreck.

Cultural Appropriation Column Costs Magazine Editor His Job

Cultural Appropriation Column Costs Magazine Editor His Job

Hal Niedzviecki said literature becomes “exhaustingly white and middle class” when writers are discouraged from writing about other cultures.

Dostoyevsky on Why Lust is Dangerous

Dostoyevsky on Why Lust is Dangerous

Lust and its corrupting power are a central theme in Dostoyevsky's masterpiece 'The Brothers of Karamazov.'

'A Handmaid's Tale': Now in Feminist Imaginations Everywhere

'A Handmaid's Tale': Now in Feminist Imaginations Everywhere

And the award for most contrived, unrealistic, and preachy television drama goes to...

Why Not Socialism?

Why Not Socialism?

The late G. A. Cohen, an iconic political philosopher of the left who taught at Oxford, offered a thoughtful defense of socialism.

Emma Watson just won the first ‘Gender-Neutral’ acting award. What does that mean?

Emma Watson just won the first ‘Gender-Neutral’ acting award. What does that mean?

MTV abolished gender-specific categories for acting awards this year.

The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Guide to the Classics

The Epic of Gilgamesh: A Guide to the Classics

The Epic of Gilgamesh explores the nature and meaning of being human, and asks the questions that continue to be debated in the modern day.

MIT Is Making Kid-Friendly Communist Propaganda

MIT Is Making Kid-Friendly Communist Propaganda

'Communism for Kids' is coming to a bookstore near you.

Why is Humility Important?

Why is Humility Important?

Humility doesn’t mean thinking less of yourself. It means thinking of yourself less.

Tolkien’s Odd Alternate Ending to 'The Lord of the Rings'

Tolkien’s Odd Alternate Ending to 'The Lord of the Rings'

In November 1944, J.R.R. Tolkien described an ending to The Lord of the Rings that fans of his epic tale will find unfamiliar. 

How J.R.R. Tolkien Responded to News of the Atomic Bomb

How J.R.R. Tolkien Responded to News of the Atomic Bomb

His response serves as a reminder of the dangers we currently face.  

Beren and Lúthien: Tolkien’s Greatest Love Story

Beren and Lúthien: Tolkien’s Greatest Love Story

The reason that Tolkien’s greatest love story has been largely unknown is that it is little more than a footnote in 'The Lord of the Rings.'

How I Caught Pope Francis Sharing Fake News

How I Caught Pope Francis Sharing Fake News

A memorable vignette Pope Francis is fond of reciting is nowhere in the novel he claims it to be.

The Income Tax Basically Implies that Government Owns You

The Income Tax Basically Implies that Government Owns You

Frank Chodorov once described the income tax as the root of all evil. His target was not the tax itself, but the principle behind it.

Boys Don’t Need Books That ‘Put Them in Touch with Their Feelings’

Boys Don’t Need Books That ‘Put Them in Touch with Their Feelings’

Boys are not interested in getting in touch with themselves, and it is particularly off-putting when they are told that it is good for them.

Student Achievement: Only as Good as the Books Read in English Class?

Student Achievement: Only as Good as the Books Read in English Class?

A new study suggests that English courses are more influential in regard to future success than we once thought.

Techniques of 19th-century fake news reporter teach us why we are suckers for it

Techniques of 19th-century fake news reporter teach us why we are suckers for it

By the 1850s, fake news was so widespread in Germany that it had become its own genre – the “unechte Korrespondenz.”

Why We Should Bring Back 'Ma’am' and 'Sir'

Why We Should Bring Back 'Ma’am' and 'Sir'

Since when has it been weird to be polite?

John Milton's Lucifer: The Reason People Like Him

John Milton's Lucifer: The Reason People Like Him

It stems from ‘Paradise Lost,’ and there is a simple explanation as to why many identify with John Milton’s Satan.

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