Literature

The Executioner's Song: The Best Nonfiction Novel I've Read

The Executioner's Song: The Best Nonfiction Novel I've Read

If you’re looking to start a great book in 2017, this might be the place to start.

George Orwell's Review of Mein Kampf

George Orwell's Review of Mein Kampf

While working as a journalist during the Second World War, Orwell penned a review of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. 

When Rudolph Meets Beowulf

When Rudolph Meets Beowulf

Here is what the modern Christmas ditty looks like in heroic Anglo-Saxon metre.

School Cancels ‘A Christmas Carol’ After Triggered Parents Complain
How to Overcome Awkward Conversations During the Holidays

How to Overcome Awkward Conversations During the Holidays

The reality is that almost everyone–single, infertile, overwhelmed by parenting, out of work–has their own set of heartaches and personal issues.

Study Explains Best Way to Bond with Kids While Reading

Study Explains Best Way to Bond with Kids While Reading

For many years now, my family has always tried to make some time over the holidays to sit down together and read old Christmas stories.

Washington Irving on the Problem with Christmas

Washington Irving on the Problem with Christmas

In 1820, he offered a critique on the problem of the modern Christmas. Does it sound familiar?

The Story Behind Charles Dickens' ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Story Behind Charles Dickens' ‘A Christmas Carol’

Originally he had intended to write a pamphlet called “An Appeal to the People of England, on Behalf of the Poor Man's Child.”

About Those Apparitions Who Shook Down Scrooge for Money

About Those Apparitions Who Shook Down Scrooge for Money

What was the real purpose of this psychological waterboarding?

The Evolution of King Arthur

The Evolution of King Arthur

The name Arthur first appears in the work of the 9th century Welsh historian Nennius, who lists twelve battles Arthur fought against invading Saxons.

C.S. Lewis’ ‘Lost’ Parable on the Meaning of Christmas
The Historical Origin of 'Political Correctness'

The Historical Origin of 'Political Correctness'

A professor at Boston University recently touched on origins of the term ‘politically correct.’ And it's revealing.

Chesterton: In Defense of Eating that Christmas Turkey

Chesterton: In Defense of Eating that Christmas Turkey

The holiday season is here, and with it comes the dance to make sure nobody is offended.

Why Donald Trump Should Heed Plato on Foreign Policy

Why Donald Trump Should Heed Plato on Foreign Policy

Does the ancient Greek philosopher offer a new way forward? 

Are Schools Designed to Keep Kids from ‘Learning Too Much’?

Are Schools Designed to Keep Kids from ‘Learning Too Much’?

John Taylor Gatto, a former Teacher of the Year, said historical records show that governments often fear ‘common people learning too much.’

Louisa May Alcott’s Insightful Advice for Young Women

Louisa May Alcott’s Insightful Advice for Young Women

Louisa May Alcott had some interesting views as a feminist.

1 in 3 Men Didn’t Read a Single Book Last Year

1 in 3 Men Didn’t Read a Single Book Last Year

If the trend of having fewer Americans read books continues, will we condemn ourselves to a future of stagnant and narrow thought?

Was Shakespeare Really a Nihilist?

Was Shakespeare Really a Nihilist?

In order to answer the question, we need to know the difference between what Shakespeare said and what Shakespeare wrote.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization
How this Guy Got into Med School By Pretending to be Black

How this Guy Got into Med School By Pretending to be Black

An Indian-American's true story shows how diversity-justified affirmative action excludes as many individuals based on their ancestry as it includes.

The Most Beautiful Passage on Sorrow in Literature

The Most Beautiful Passage on Sorrow in Literature

It comes in a nineteenth century comedy about three men (and a dog) who take a boating trip down the Thames River. 

20 of Shakespeare’s Most Blistering Insults

20 of Shakespeare’s Most Blistering Insults

He had a way with words. 

C.S. Lewis Explains How Governments Create ‘Tame Human Animals’

C.S. Lewis Explains How Governments Create ‘Tame Human Animals’

A ‘freeborn mind’ results in a richer and happier life, Lewis argued. But he saw that vanishing in modern society.

Children Are Actually Getting Fatter on Summer Break
Ponyboy Was NOT Gay (Not that there is Anything Wrong with that!)

Ponyboy Was NOT Gay (Not that there is Anything Wrong with that!)

Author S.E. Hinton recently came under fire for saying characters in 'The Outsiders' weren’t written gay. 

Stephen King’s 6 Favorite Stephen King Movies

Stephen King’s 6 Favorite Stephen King Movies

And the celebrated movie he hated.

The First Known Depiction of a Witch on a Broomstick

The First Known Depiction of a Witch on a Broomstick

The "broom was a symbol of female domesticity, yet the broom was also phallic, so riding on one was a symbol of female sexuality."

A Culturally Literate Person Knows the Bible

A Culturally Literate Person Knows the Bible

A professor argues that it broadens our understanding of the present.

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