Literature

How to Know If You’re Truly ‘In Love’

How to Know If You’re Truly ‘In Love’

How do we know what true love looks like?

Evidence Suggests Some Schools are Finally Freeing Students from the Bonds of Mediocrity

Evidence Suggests Some Schools are Finally Freeing Students from the Bonds of Mediocrity

"We suppress genius because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious."

What Elizabeth Bennett Can Teach Us about Laughter

What Elizabeth Bennett Can Teach Us about Laughter

It's one thing to recognize that laughter has benefits, but how do we go about laughing more and cultivating a healthy sense of humor?

How PC Moralism Cuts Us Off From Our Cultural Heritage

How PC Moralism Cuts Us Off From Our Cultural Heritage

The difference today is not that there are any more things about the past we don't like, but in our reaction to them.

Five Famous Shakespeare Quotes You're Probably Taking Out of Context

Five Famous Shakespeare Quotes You're Probably Taking Out of Context

While it is true that Shakespeare interacts with deep and compelling themes, and some of his plays do have a very somber tone, it’s interesting to see how many of his oft-quoted lines actually appear in moments of comic relief.

Why College Students Have More in Common with Non-PC Authors Than They Realize

Why College Students Have More in Common with Non-PC Authors Than They Realize

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.

Homer’s Advice for Fathers and Sons

Homer’s Advice for Fathers and Sons

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?

The Root of Our Troubles

The Root of Our Troubles

Plato's Republic sheds profound light on the real problem.

Discovering How to Make Peace with Ourselves After Moral Failure

Discovering How to Make Peace with Ourselves After Moral Failure

You are a good person who abides by a moral code. Then, for whatever reason, you break that code. What now?

Ten Books that Make Us Human

Ten Books that Make Us Human

Descartes said that reading good books is like engaging with the most cultivated minds of the past.

Homer's Advice for Husbands and Wives

Homer's Advice for Husbands and Wives

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. 

Falling IQ Scores Suggest We’re Getting Dumber. Can We Reverse Course?
The Feminist Fantasy: Strong Women, Weak Men, No Children

The Feminist Fantasy: Strong Women, Weak Men, No Children

Television writer Andrew Davies has complained that "it is now 'compulsory' to have a leading lady capable of fending for herself."

Why are Parents Now Paying Children to Get Dressed?

Why are Parents Now Paying Children to Get Dressed?

Have we gone overboard on the entitlement-attitude toward chores?

The Victorian Story-Teller who Made Christmas Scary

The Victorian Story-Teller who Made Christmas Scary

If you are looking for a great Christmas ghost story, then the Victorian M.R. James should be on your reading list.  

Can Your Heart Grow Three Sizes? A Doctor's Take on ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’

Can Your Heart Grow Three Sizes? A Doctor's Take on ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’

As the Grinch discovers, a fully human life is possible only for those whose hearts are big and full.

Does the Unfortunate 20th Century Foretell a Worse 21st?

Does the Unfortunate 20th Century Foretell a Worse 21st?

The end result of moral nihilism, as the Soviets demonstrated, is death and destruction on an industrial scale.

Jane Austen Forever!

Jane Austen Forever!

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. 

When It Comes to Children's Books, It's Time to Put the Propaganda Away

When It Comes to Children's Books, It's Time to Put the Propaganda Away

Put the propaganda aside. There is a right way to familiarize students with important social issues through real literature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on the Wall Which Separates Us from Hope

Ralph Waldo Emerson on the Wall Which Separates Us from Hope

A sense of lack generates anxious feelings.

A Quick Guide to Writing an Excellent Essay

A Quick Guide to Writing an Excellent Essay

A finely designed essay ensures that the reader discovers the essay’s invention by traveling within its organization.

Some Thoughts on Halloween and Ray Bradbury

Some Thoughts on Halloween and Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury loved Halloween. 

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Advice for a World Plagued by Chaos and Victimhood

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Advice for a World Plagued by Chaos and Victimhood

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago offers some poignant advice for dealing with the friction in today's society.

A Remarkably Hard College Course Proves Remarkably Popular

A Remarkably Hard College Course Proves Remarkably Popular

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.

How to Prepare for Bad News?  Good literature and art.

How to Prepare for Bad News? Good literature and art.

Life will be filled with disappointment and grief.  You can prepare for setbacks by reading good literature. 

An Author Explains 5 Steps to Becoming a Smart Reader

An Author Explains 5 Steps to Becoming a Smart Reader

How many do you practice regularly?

C.S Lewis Explains the Best Way to Handle Change

C.S Lewis Explains the Best Way to Handle Change

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.

Three Ways We ‘Screwtape’ Our Families

Three Ways We ‘Screwtape’ Our Families

C.S. Lewis' demon Screwtape is a wily one... and those in families can be especially prone to falling into his trap.

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