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When every aspect of life is assumed under the label of political action it becomes very hard for people to simply live their lives.
When everything looks good and optimism is up, that’s a sure sign everything is about to tank.
Politicians rely on the tools of envy and greed to stir their audiences.
Hidden away in an early chapter of Animal Farm, before the reader has caught even a whiff of Napoleon’s totalitarian ambitions, a single word reveals the moral rot at the core of Communism.
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G. K. Chesterton's priest detective is a man of duty, as well as a man of immense curiosity. American students could stand to learn from Father Brown's example.
The Associated Press is spouting a lot of easily disproved talking points regarding the Democratic Party's impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Government bureaucrats intervening into the lives of American citizens often leaves people worse off then if they had been left alone.
Drag Queen Story Hour started on the West Coast and has spread at an alarming rate to schools and libraries across the United States.
If J.R.R. Tolkien was a Titan, Christopher was Atlas, with the weight of a cosmology on his back.
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Stephen King is the latest author to fall victim to a woke lynch mob. His crime? Stating that art should stand on its own merits.
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This passage seems to be overlooked when creating "Little Women" for the feminist mind.
One way to get people to stop reading books is to fail to teach them to read proficiently.
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There are many pieces of dystopian literature out there. Perhaps C.S. Lewis' lesser known work holds the truth of our present world.
Marriage is growing rare, even obsolete. It might be because of Romanticism.
A classic children's novel questions the central tenant of transhumanism.
Have you ever thought that high school graduates today… well, just don’t seem to know or understand as much as they once did?
Plato's Republic sheds profound light on the real problem.
Is humility worth defending?
Thackeray was a brilliant observer of human nature. His advice on how to raise children deserves to be taken into consideration.
While reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved was initially akin to pulling teeth, I found it to be an enriching read.
It is therefore the batman, not The Batman, who is the real hero.
Why have we rejected classic children’s books for the chaotic mess of modern children's books?
We must look back at Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and say, “Never again.”
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?
“Contraceptives are the greatest life-saving, poverty-ending, women-empowering innovation ever created.”
The Little Mermaid is a great story that teaches how to deal with unrequited love.
I’m not here to talk politics.
We’re not perfect, and neither were the Hobbits. Deep friendships take time, energy, and forgiveness.
Many embrace liberty and her handmaid, freedom, but disregard or push away the requisite responsibilities these two spirits demand.
Amazingly, watching a dog act out the plot of classic novels doesn’t veer too far into the absurd.
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.
The Livraria Lello bookshop in Portugal now requires prospective patrons to purchase a voucher, or ticket, in order to gain entry.
In the decades since the time of its publication, the context of Orwell’s magnum opus has been lost.
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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?
A virtues project from Narnia.
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George Orwell and Charles Dickens offer some disturbing insight into how totalitarianism works.
This counters the idea that teenagers respond poorly to Shakespeare's work.
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The future is neither 1984 nor Brave New World. It’s a mix of both.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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?
Of the hours Americans devote to free time, one area in particular is rather shortchanged.
If the PC craziness can topple Laura Ingalls Wilder, then it can topple just about anything.
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Don't forget the sun screen.
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Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius believed that battling reality was futile.
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Given their ridiculous selections, one wonders if you can really trust GQ about anything.
It's not as difficult as many would believe.
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He had a lot of them.
The man who gave us Narnia also mounted firm opposition to the progressive-leftist ideals that swept swiftly across the world stage in his time.
Its contributions to cultural literacy make a pretty strong case.
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Nearly two thousand years ago, a well-known philosopher laid out the characteristics that make up a rational person.
Wise was he. (So spend five minutes on his couch.)
Instead of teaching woke literature that’s social justice compatible, the college is teaching Plato.
In our relativistic society, most people today would say "no".
Actress Blanca Blanco is taking heat for wearing a red dress to the Golden Globes on Sunday, instead of the color selected to show solidarity with the #MeToo movement.
As one of America's earliest diplomats, Franklin had firsthand experience in gaining and maintaining valuable friendships.
If we want honor to make a comeback in our culture, it does come at a price.
Are we denying students an important key toward future success?
One simple reason.
Stephen King on the craft and business of writing.
Charles Dickens’ story reminds us that our celebrations of Christ’s birth ought to stretch into all that we do.
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Euphemisms build walls around political tribes and inhibit actual communication.
Facebook is betting that video will kill text within 5 years.
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Like its cousin the public library, the bookstore once connoted the posture of reflective quiet that digesting a good book requires. No longer.
Friedrich Hayek was right to voice caution against using coercion to achieve a 'greater good'.
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It's a growing problem that the best-selling author is quite concerned about.
The phrase 'porn star' is a euphemism that serious media should consider abandoning.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the most prominent public intellectuals in America. But his famous 'case for reparations' contains conspicuous flaws.
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The writings of C.S. Lewis display a belief in limited government and a distrust of government-enforced morality.
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The famous scholar Jacques Barzun thought there were good reasons for sticking with the generic masculine pronoun.
"Though I am sometimes reluctant to admit it, there really is something ‘timeless’ in the Tyndale/King James synthesis." - Christopher Hitchens
J.R.R. Tolkiens' book 'The Hobbit' today is rated as the sixth bestselling work of literature of all time.
Phelim McAleer’s play Ferguson will open at Urban Stages theater for a three-week run on Oct. 19.
Cornell University gerontologist Karl Pillemer conducted a massive study involving 700-plus individuals wedded for some 40,000 years.
Jane Austen's Emma provides insight.
The death of the great American poet John Ashbery raises an important: Why are there are no “great” living American poets today?
A therapist offers 16 signs of narcissistic abuse.
Lewis explains the end goal of an English course... one that appears to be rather foreign to American high schools.
Author Paul Kengor has written an account of the relationship between Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan that is compelling and unabashedly faith-filled.
Mentally weak people tend to do these three things, according to psychotherapist Amy Morin.
It was once normal for kids to raise all types of exotic pets on their own. What changed?
Today the farce being played out in the United States is plain for all who care to witness it.
A Thomas Middleton play in 1613 is the earliest printed example of a European author referring to fellow Europeans as ‘white people’.
The novelist Walker Percy believed violent storms offered respite from the curse of modern man: meaninglessness.
The left so dominates the culture that the right is not so much waging a culture war anymore as it is a culture insurgency.
G.K. Chesterton's ideas and writings do no fit neatly into those of the 21st century, which makes them all the more important.
News headlines and TV images in our present time seem to confirm George Orwell as some kind of uncanny prophet of human behavior.
When we think of the destruction of books, we tend to think of Nazis and ISIS. It’s a vulgar, unenlightened act.
Claims that Hurricane Harvey will be a 'net benefit' prove that old fallacies die hard.
If you find yourself unsatisfied with what the current culture celebrates, you may want to turn to the ancient wisdom of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
O’Connor’s stories retain timeless importance.
Mabel Tolkien, widowed at just 26 years of age and nearly broke, gave her children an incredible education.
One consequence of this subjection of truth to selfishness is the rupture between modern education and traditional virtue.
“Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation…”
Is pressure to conform on college campuses getting a little out of hand?
Books can heal the spirit and soothe the soul like nothing else can.
C.S. Lewis tackled the topic of social justice in his book 'The Screwtape Letters.'
Trade has always existed, and rich merchants have always been a part of the economic and political picture, but merchants have not always been the rulers, as they are today…
A certain set of Catholics since Vatican II has rejected this embrace of religious freedom.
Our Anti-Federalist philosophical fathers fought to forestall the inevitable. For that we must salute them.
Plutarch recounts many such similar instances in ancient history, and identifies a trend that still runs through all forms of flattery.
Following the advice in this book will make you a better person and therefore help you realize your own value.
Talk about being ahead of their times…
Marxist doctrine discourages individual creativity in favor of state control.
If students were allowed to spend more time in school reading for pleasure, would interest and ability in reading increase?
Many educated people – though perhaps not enough – know that it was medieval monks who preserved classical culture.
15 facts about books, literacy, and publishing
Staff for the London Underground have been instructed to drop the phrase 'ladies and gentlemen.'
As the past teaches us, a greater quantity of books doesn't necessarily guarantee intellectual creativity.
Bradbury wrote: “There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”
These 10 seemingly insignificant events had a profound impact on history.
A wonderful illustration of the dangers of moral education can be found in Aldous Huxley’s brilliant novel 'Brave New World.'
Orwell himself was under government surveillance while writing his novel.
11 interesting facts about the famed children’s author.
"Unfortunately this loss of historical interest has made the present difficult to address because the context of the past is imperative if we are to salvage the future."
Think invisible men, time travel, flying machines and journeys to other planets are the product of the European or ‘Western’ imagination? Think again.
"The real victim of Trump’s presidency may turn out to be a generation of adults whose liberal arts educations were hijacked by political debate."
The most remarkable aspect of Tolkien’s vision is his ability to make the good desirable. Rather than portraying an exceptionally good character, he instead portrays rather...
He gets all the best lines. He is at all the best parties. And when he is on stage the whole play lights up with excitement and uproar.
Libraries have a special opportunity in summer to undo some of the damage of forced schooling and help children to reconnect with their innate learning instincts.
Do you recognize these quotes?
Well-educated and well-traveled, it comes as no surprise that his prose rose to such fame. However, other aspects of his life...
Though we may have a historical record of their existence, such a record only serves as a sad reminder of what we are missing.
Lawrence Reed identifies three of these virtues—courage, character, and conviction—and traces these traits through the lives and tremendous accomplishments of...
"We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when I’m as good as you has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish."
Initially published individually through The Guardian on a weekly basis in 1942, the volume is still a widely hailed work.
The World Bank’s chief economist took the term 'grammar Nazi' to a whole new level.
Charles Murray opens up about the chaos at Middlebury College and explains why America is so divided.
Here is a short list of Pulitzer-Prize winners I’d recommend readers not sneer at.
He has done a lot more than just write 'The Bell Curve.'
Here are six statistics that drive home just how much things have changed in America in a little more than a half-century:
In 'Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign,' Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes offer readers a front-row seat to the Clinton trainwreck.
Hal Niedzviecki said literature becomes “exhaustingly white and middle class” when writers are discouraged from writing about other cultures.
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The late G. A. Cohen, an iconic political philosopher of the left who taught at Oxford, offered a thoughtful defense of socialism.
MTV abolished gender-specific categories for acting awards this year.
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.
'Communism for Kids' is coming to a bookstore near you.
Humility doesn’t mean thinking less of yourself. It means thinking of yourself less.
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.
His response serves as a reminder of the dangers we currently face.
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.'
A memorable vignette Pope Francis is fond of reciting is nowhere in the novel he claims it to be.
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 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.
A new study suggests that English courses are more influential in regard to future success than we once thought.
By the 1850s, fake news was so widespread in Germany that it had become its own genre – the “unechte Korrespondenz.”
Since when has it been weird to be polite?
It stems from ‘Paradise Lost,’ and there is a simple explanation as to why many identify with John Milton’s Satan.
Seventy-five truck drivers in Maine stand to win millions because of a missing Oxford comma in a legal clause.
Isaac Asimov’s laws are still mentioned as a template for guiding our development of robots.
We don’t see much of this kind of instruction in today’s schools.
Shouldn’t we be more concerned with putting knowledgeable teachers in a classroom than whether or not schools measure up on the diversity threshold?
"All the World's a Stage" - Shakespeare can teach us a deeper reason for this interrupted interview going viral.
Known for her sharp mind and tongue, Clare Boothe Luce was a formidable intellectual and politician who gave birth to a number of memorable quips.
Why do we think children prefer reading on screens versus paper?
Tolkien allows us to find ourselves in Middle-earth, seeing ourselves reflected in the characters and the lessons they teach us.
In removing the Bible from the classroom, did America cut off several generations from a main source of cultural literacy?
“It is neither allegorical nor topical,” Tolkien insists in the Foreword to the second edition of The Lord of the Rings.
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem wrote an op-ed about a “recent” triggering experience. She must have forgot she wrote about it a decade ago.
In 1950, the CIA established a headquarters in Paris and employed an army of operatives to recruit anti-Marxist intellectuals.
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On March 30, 1973, the 'Charlotte's Web' author wrote a beautiful note to a dispirited man who had last all faith in humanity.
According to Scruton, an education who truly respects a child will instill him with the values which have today become irrelevant.
To Read, or Not to Read?
Abraham Lincoln’s depression is well chronicled. His essay on suicide is less known.
What did Jesus of Nazareth mean when he said “the last shall be first, and the first last”?
Most Americans aren't smart readers. Here's how to tell if you are.
Will failure to ground our grievances in rational and logical discourse lead us down the path of the French Revolution?
Miss Manners' mistake is to confuse virtue with good manners.
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Marx become an advocate of mass murder and dictatorship in place of liberal democracy and social peace.
By revealing the cruel intentions of would-be oppressors, The Prince unlocks the secret to overthrowing a tyrannical leader.
Miller’s observation is plain and simple common sense.
Until kids start learning to read and think for themselves, they'll simply be swept up in the emotional and uncontrolled trends in society.
The author of an upcoming biography on Reagan suggests the 40th president was not as anti-statist as Republicans like to remember.
Rand sold more than 30 million books. Atlas Shrugged has been ranked behind only the Bible as an influence on readers’ lives.
Many solutions to the problem of evil – called ‘theodicies’ – have been proposed.
There are two major differences between the texts used today and those used in the schools of the past.
Harry Frankfurt's minor classic sheds light on the Trump phenomenon.
In 'The Rebel,' Camus declared for a peaceful socialism that would not resort to revolutionary violence. Sartre read the book with disgust.
We all know how important reading is. It benefits relationships, builds language development, and even lengthens one’s life.
It comes directly from Chuck Palahniuk’s book, on which David Fincher’s 1997 film is based.
Odysseus serves as an image of homo viator. Man on a journey. Travelling man. Man on a quest.
One of America's most iconic humorists came to believe politics was the end-all-be-all of everything. And it ruined him.
In a 1757 letter, Ben Franklin scolded a friend preparing to publish an atheist tract. But was Franklin's reason sound?
These categories end up being imposed on just about every piece of literature that today's students read.
The paradox is this: All that is radical must be rooted.
If we want our children to have a better education than we had will we have to train our children to educate themselves?
Do you think we would see a drastic improvement in writing ability if we corrected even one of these areas in today’s schools?
A speech for the ages.
Would Paine equate today's politicians with King George?
Pushing everyone toward college can only lead to disillusionment and lost opportunities for both the student and society at large.
School has nothing to do with freedom.
Rudyard Kipling’s outspoken views on the foreign and domestic policies of his day guaranteed him some powerful enemies.
Answer these 12 questions to find out.
Ivy League students removed a hallway portrait of William Shakespeare (too white) and replaced it with a photo of black lesbian activist.
If you’re looking to start a great book in 2017, this might be the place to start.
While working as a journalist during the Second World War, Orwell penned a review of Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
Here is what the modern Christmas ditty looks like in heroic Anglo-Saxon metre.
Another attack on Christmas?
The reality is that almost everyone–single, infertile, overwhelmed by parenting, out of work–has their own set of heartaches and personal issues.
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.
In 1820, he offered a critique on the problem of the modern Christmas. Does it sound familiar?
Originally he had intended to write a pamphlet called “An Appeal to the People of England, on Behalf of the Poor Man's Child.”
What was the real purpose of this psychological waterboarding?
The name Arthur first appears in the work of the 9th century Welsh historian Nennius, who lists twelve battles Arthur fought against invading Saxons.
Are we hypocritical for celebrating Christmas?
A professor at Boston University recently touched on origins of the term ‘politically correct.’ And it's revealing.
The holiday season is here, and with it comes the dance to make sure nobody is offended.
Does the ancient Greek philosopher offer a new way forward?
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 had some interesting views as a feminist.
If the trend of having fewer Americans read books continues, will we condemn ourselves to a future of stagnant and narrow thought?
In order to answer the question, we need to know the difference between what Shakespeare said and what Shakespeare wrote.
Can the West be saved?
An Indian-American's true story shows how diversity-justified affirmative action excludes as many individuals based on their ancestry as it includes.
It comes in a nineteenth century comedy about three men (and a dog) who take a boating trip down the Thames River.
He had a way with words.
A ‘freeborn mind’ results in a richer and happier life, Lewis argued. But he saw that vanishing in modern society.
Author S.E. Hinton recently came under fire for saying characters in 'The Outsiders' weren’t written gay.
And the celebrated movie he hated.
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 professor argues that it broadens our understanding of the present.
"Textbooks are so badly written. They're boring!"
Can we be said to be using a phrase incorrectly if it has assumed a new meaning by being repeatedly used in a certain way?
"We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books."
We have a world of knowledge at our fingertips, and not many are partaking.
John Laurens, a young colonial officer from South Carolina, shared many letters of affection with Hamilton.
A Christian writer's response to Richard Dawkins.
Is raising the bar instead of lowering it the key to getting more students to succeed in school?
In ninth grade, a young Vladimir Putin walked to the local KGB office and asked how he could join.
After the first presidential debate of 2016, CNN decided to see what the kids thought of the spectacle. The answer?...
He had a checklist.
Has throwing out history, memorization, and difficult books crippled students by not giving them the tools upon which they can build their thoughts?
Jane Austen's Marianne Dashwood is a perfect example of today's society, whose every action seems to hinge on an emotional outbreak.
And is it a blessing or a curse?
Should these comparisons cause us to reconsider the books today's high school students read?
A 9th grade teacher polled his class and found this answer.
Do you recognize the most important dates and events in Western Civilization?
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University find hard evidence that millions are not being challenged in school.
'Without you, without the affectionate hand you extended to the small poor child that I was...none of this would have happened.'
They offer a lot more wisdom than today's platitudes.
There is a reason students are turning their backs on the Humanities.
A surge in advanced placement courses suggests many students want to be challenged.
The relativism among those who teach the humanities places a cognitive abyss between the subjects being taught and the people teaching them.
If Americans continue to avoid reading, will our nation be filled with people ill-equipped and unprepared to lead the next generation?
If they can't be challenged by reading, how are they supposed to tackle tough questions in life?
From Homer to Tolkien, test your knowledge on literary classics new and old!
A new government report reveals that literacy and numeracy are plummeting in the land that gave us Shakespeare, Milton, and Austen.
A reading program for those interested in preserving Western tradition.
Is it simplicity or style?
The writer warned about the destructive force of demagoguery and unchecked rhetoric.
Giving children time to explore and learn to read on their own timetable may set them on a path to greater understanding and maturity.
If you're seeking self improvement, there might be better places to look than Lindsay Lohan's new book.
Fantasy fiction is often pooh-poohed by academics and intellectuals, but it can whet the appetite for learning.
Charles Sykes, a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, says institutions of higher learning are coming apart.
It's a legitimate question.
A four-page memo shows how the college aims to create a more inclusive environment.
The French thinker encountered difficulties while reading, too.
Jay Mathews asserts that today’s Common Core writing standards bore students and discourage writing, and insists we must choose another way.
We read this tragedy through the emotion-obsessed eyes of Romanticism, a movement that did not emerge until 200 years after the play was written.
Mirza Salih was invited to Cambridge to help translate the Bible into Persian.
Our classrooms should be places where we push back against technology, against a life largely circumscribed by screens.
An observation from a well-respected professor and author.
Two hundred years ago, describing someone as ‘devouring’ a book would have been an act of moral censure.
Writer Joseph Pearce interviewed the Nobel Prize-winning writer before his death.
The poem presents a panoply of characters, all as vain as they are vacuous. Empty heads and empty hearts leading empty lives.
A historian explains the key markings of revolution. It’s a description worth reading.
The report was based on data from 9.8 million students.
How well do you know literature?
Here are five Mark Twain inspired tips for living a better life.
Is there a way for parents to encourage reading habits in children who may have learned to handle simple texts, but aren’t turning into avid readers?
Three pieces of writing advice from the “Leaves of Grass” poet.
These reviews of 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' and 'Hamlet' are not kind.
Don't expect them to answer basic questions about their own civilization.
'No one can hold me in his palms or sight: I scatter sudden clatter far and wide. I want to hammer oaks with...'
Surprisingly, it's not reading.
Are we ignoring Shakespeare to our detriment?
'I came away...not only repulsed by her but actually questioning the very judgment and goodness of C.S. Lewis.'
Is it better to be feared or loved? Let's see how much Machiavelli you have in you!
But his Dickensian upbringing is not the most amazing part of the story.
How does that make sense?
Can you match these nine famous medieval authors to their works?
What is Hollywood doing wrong?
American high schoolers used these questions to review and prepare for tests such as the New York Regents exam.
The message the poet means to convey in his epic are not historical facts, but eternal moral truths.
The purpose of life is not worldly riches and the creature comforts they can purchase. Such trinkets can never satisfy the needs of the soul.
It rested in the idea that God makes nothing in vain, and that Grace perfects fallen nature.
Statistics show that nearly three out of four high school seniors are unable to attain proficiency in writing.
The first French edition of “Mein Kampf” was published in 1934 by an eccentric, right-wing publisher named Fernand Sorlot.
An insight from his 1945 essay "Politics and the English Language".
The head of a prominent reading organization just bashed classic stories... is she misguided?
Quiz time! How well do you know your literary classics?
It’s no surprise that today’s schools aren’t teaching these things.
The best and clearest way that I can exemplify the harmful effects of distraction-addiction is to recall my experience in prison.
From the recently deceased Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.
Emerson's odd philosophy of self-reliance can be better understood in its proper context.
Can you get all 16 questions right?
The Ancient Greeks had many heroes in their stories. Which hero are you?
Calvin Coolidge had something to say on that topic.
He was a wise man.
Prove how well-read you are by naming these books based on a one-sentence summary!
Despite the potential for limited understanding, the school started teaching and performing Shakespeare and the effects were remarkable.
Ideas have consequences, Shakespeare reminds us, and bad ideas have bad consequences.
The new film 'Lady Susan' reveals the grapple for power and money in the 19th-century marriage market.
The claim is a persistent one. Is there anything to it?
18% of college instructors rated their first-year students as well-prepared in the area of “distinguishing among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment.”
Is the biggest defect of today’s education system the fact that we have failed to teach children to learn and think for themselves?
With only 27% writing proficiency, perhaps today’s students would be wise to take Lewis’ advice to little Joan to heart.
The course is designed to ‘expose students to the nature of hate in American life...'
If Americans aren’t informing their minds by reading, should we be surprised when we get the candidates, laws, and culture that we do?
Buckley apparently was perturbed that Schlesinger didn't want to appear on Firing Line.
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Double agent Juan Pujol García fooled Hitler in one of the great ruses of history.
A theory from 1899 on why they can't.
Are Shakespeare, Chaucer and company too white, male, and heterosexual for Yale’s student body?
The latest victim of this mindset is a high school honor student from Texas.
Hopefully the education system won't issue a fatwa over his comments...
The decision to use historic figures in his Divine Comedy could be the poem’s one great flaw.
Since only 37% of American high schoolers can read, perhaps it's time we try some reading methods used by Helen's teacher, Anne Sullivan.
A fevered dream turned into a powerful novel.
Earnings increased by 21% for men who grew up in a household full of books.
Ever feel that Americans are increasingly on the go?
From the author of the prophetic book "Fahrenheit 451"
“We are witnessing the levelling down of all ranks of society...."
Being educated means tolerating tough questions about what you believe.
When I was a child, my father regaled me with tales of how he and his friends once formed “The Boys Army” and spent their days creating original inventions and stockpiling weapons in their homemade fort in the woods.
Shakespeare's man in black is the latest victim of the gender wars. Critics claim he is an "abusive boyfriend."
Warning: Some of these ideas may cause dizziness, shortness of breath, or irritation to conformist thinkers.
"If I met the idea of sacrifice in a Pagan story I didn’t mind it at all … I liked it very much and was mysteriously moved by it."
Today, 14 percent of adults can’t read, and of those who can, only
Something is clearly rotten in the state of language.
While the two literary giants displayed similar styles, they viewed reality in fundamentally different ways.
J.R.R. Tolkien once called Lord of the Rings “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work." Here are (about) 18 examples showing what he was talking about.
If the high amount of emotional arguing is any indicator, students aren't learning the critical thinking which schools claim to teach.
The New York Post reports that the award-winning teacher has been removed from the classroom and faces possible termination.
When citizens are alienated from the political process they look to a champion to attack the oligarchs ruling over them. The champion will become the tyrant, Plato suggests.
Would we see a greater culture of respect if we taught young men and women to value and embrace the differences between the sexes?
The debate about the relative value of studying the liberal arts is usually framed by a false dichotomy.
Between 2011 and 2015 the number of American adults who didn’t read a book in the course of a single year went from 1 in 5 to fewer...
The most sacred rule of the jungle is that animals never hunt and eat man, outside of rare approved circumstances. Under this guiding tenet, Kipling crafts a case study of behavior.
Remarkable insight from the past on a trending issue.
Make no mistake, the book banners have the same motivation as the book burners.
The genre was sneered at for years by those who viewed it as "low-class, childish, and quasi-pornographic."
An important lesson for many Americans today.
The downside? It could be a sign of primitive (and cynical) thinking inherited from early homo sapiens.
In a digital world, it's easy to forget how important it is to read to our children.
Yes, but one will not find that elusive knowledge by looking in a mirror.
In recent years, America’s schools have attempted to train teachers of the highest quality.
In comparison to the rational debate fostered by Franklin and his fellows, is our debate all too often irrational?
Evidence suggests the Arthurian legend was inspired by the tomb of a reformed Tuscan knight.
Three ways adults, parents, and teachers can guide the reading habits of young people.
"...it has been my nightmare that J.R.R. Tolkien would turn out to be the most influential writer of the twentieth century."
"We may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when I’m as good as you has fully had its way."
For many parents, the most traumatic family battles are fought at the very place which should be a place of harmony and connection: the dinner table.
1. Make sure you put a television set and a computer in every room. (Don’t forget the kitchen!)
Is there a way to give children rights without raising them to be ill-behaved little terrors?
Do we have a lot more "geniuses" in this country than we realize?
According to Tolstoy, death no longer has meaning for civilized man.
Have we come to believe that manners are bonds of affliction, rather than affection?
Collodi’s stories made those of the Brothers Grimm look Pollyannaish
"The symptoms were obvious. I cajoled. French parents did not cajole. I wheedled. French parents definitely did not wheedle."
For almost as long as I have had the privilege of reading, I have read dystopian literature.
Has the tendency toward an easier reading diet both in school and in everyday life dulled many people’s ability to process and understand important concepts?
By avoiding difficult texts in our colleges and universities, have we tossed out the opportunities to create many real “geniuses”?
The culture of coddling and protection which we have built is the culprit.
100 years ago, G.K. Chesterton wrote about the dangers of the press.
Take note, these 5 lessons still apply to us today.
Aldous Huxley penned a letter to George Orwell in 1949 praising '1984,' but he let it be known which book he believed was more prophetic.
Some books need to be read, and reread, and reread ...
Alexis de Tocqueville raised the connection between equality and community in his classic work
The recent viral zombie prank has an interesting parallel to Americans' lack of knowledge.
He was much more than just 'Charlotte's Web'...
“Remember that Time is Money."
It goes against much of our modern thinking.
Has the education system overlooked one of the most effective ways to give students an academic boost?
It just might be easier than you think.
Today’s education system too often emphasizes quantity over quality.
In 'The Brothers Karamazov,' Dostoyevsky shares a potent parable that takes aim at materialism.
Americans today might do well to heed Bonhoeffer’s warning.
“Pick your child up from school and you could be charged with trespassing.”
A lesson from Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Farmer Boy"
The Christian thinker tackled the subject in his book ‘The Problem of Pain.’
The goal of a quarrel, as distinct from an argument, is not to bring the other to the truth but to beat him into submission.
“Spoiling” children with the right books can actually aid parents in raising well-disciplined and virtuous children.
Thomas Jefferson stole a bit from John Locke.
Raleigh cautioned his son to avoid choosing a wife solely on her physical merits, for marrying for beauty, he said, binds a man to that which “perchance will neither last nor please thee one year.”
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