Julia Dent

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Parental Discipline is Disappearing and the Public is Paying the Price

A child is said to have destroyed $1,300 worth of make-up in Sephora, but instead of being appalled at the misbehaving child’s mess, a mob is going after the woman who posted the photo of it. That’s right: people are mad at Brittney Nelson,...

Student Loan Debt Isn’t Just a Problem for Millennials

It seems like most articles I write include a mention of student debt because it’s having such a crippling effect on my generation, but this may be the first time I realized I needed to write an entire article dedicated to debt. I’m going to...

Why ‘Uncomfortable’ Books Like ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Are Precisely the Ones Kids Should be Reading

Another book has made the infamous “banned books” list. The public school district in Biloxi, Mississippi decided to pull To Kill a Mockingbird from the eighth grade reading curriculum this year because, district officials said, “There is some...

Maria von Trapp Saved Her Children from Nazis. Austria Still Won’t Honor Her with a Street Name.

I’m pretty sure I can recite every single song from The Sound of Music. I grew up watching the movie back in the day when long movies had to be split onto two different VHS tapes (and yes, my family still has them), and I still love it as an adult....

Millennial Pet Owners: Stop Calling Yourselves ‘Dog Moms’

I love dogs. I grew up with dogs who became part of our family, so it was no surprise to anyone that I got a dog when I moved away from home to Philadelphia. My husky, Annika, became my sidekick, and it has been great to have her company and an...

Stop Dumbing Down Books for Teens

During my senior year AP English class in high school, we read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. It was brutal. I thought I was a pretty good reader because I had worked my way through most of Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, and Leo Tolstoy,...

The Humility, Charity, and Comic Genius of Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder lived by those words. The world lost the great comedic actor on August 28, 2016, from complications with Alzheimer’s. With impressive stoicism and thoughtfulness for his many young fans, Wilder decided not to publicly disclose...

‘Peter Rabbit’ vs. ‘Polar Bear’s Underwear’: The Revenge of the Classics

More than 70 years after her death, Beatrix Potter has a new book coming out in September to coincide with the 150th anniversary of her birth. The long-lost manuscript of The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots, which will be illustrated by Quentin Blake (the...

#NotAllMillennials

Every day, a new article about how terrible Millennials are pops up on my social media feeds. And every day, I roll my eyes and inwardly groan. Article after article claims to explain how college students are self-absorbed and overly...