Literature

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.

Grammarians rejoice in the $10 million comma

Grammarians rejoice in the $10 million comma

Seventy-five truck drivers in Maine stand to win millions because of a missing Oxford comma in a legal clause. 

75 Years Later, Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics Need Updating

75 Years Later, Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics Need Updating

Isaac Asimov’s laws are still mentioned as a template for guiding our development of robots.

How Shakespeare Helped this Australian School Top All Others

How Shakespeare Helped this Australian School Top All Others

We don’t see much of this kind of instruction in today’s schools.

New York to Nix Literacy Tests for Teachers because too many Minorities Are Failing

New York to Nix Literacy Tests for Teachers because too many Minorities Are Failing

Shouldn’t we be more concerned with putting knowledgeable teachers in a classroom than whether or not schools measure up on the diversity threshold?

Hilarious BBC Interview Reveals more than Children

Hilarious BBC Interview Reveals more than Children

"All the World's a Stage" - Shakespeare can teach us a deeper reason for this interrupted interview going viral. 

Clare Boothe Luce: A Feminist of a Different Kind

Clare Boothe Luce: A Feminist of a Different Kind

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.

Children Prefer Reading Books on Paper, Not Screens

Children Prefer Reading Books on Paper, Not Screens

Why do we think children prefer reading on screens versus paper?

How J.R.R. Tolkien Used Middle-Earth to Reveal Who We Are

How J.R.R. Tolkien Used Middle-Earth to Reveal Who We Are

Tolkien allows us to find ourselves in Middle-earth, seeing ourselves reflected in the characters and the lessons they teach us.

Legislation Would Reintroduce the Bible to Public Schools

Legislation Would Reintroduce the Bible to Public Schools

In removing the Bible from the classroom, did America cut off several generations from a main source of cultural literacy?

Why Lord of the Rings is NOT an Allegory (And Why it Very Much is)

Why Lord of the Rings is NOT an Allegory (And Why it Very Much is)

“It is neither allegorical nor topical,” Tolkien insists in the Foreword to the second edition of The Lord of the Rings.

Gloria Steinem Embarrasses NYT By Rehashing Decade-Old Column

Gloria Steinem Embarrasses NYT By Rehashing Decade-Old Column

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem wrote an op-ed about a “recent” triggering experience. She must have forgot she wrote about it a decade ago.

CIA Analysts Love to Read French Philosophy

CIA Analysts Love to Read French Philosophy

In 1950, the CIA established a headquarters in Paris and employed an army of operatives to recruit anti-Marxist intellectuals. 

1 in 5 Can’t Name an Author, New Survey Finds

1 in 5 Can’t Name an Author, New Survey Finds

The decline of knowledge has progressed even more than we realize...
 

E.B. White’s Touching Letter to Man Who Lost Hope in Humanity

E.B. White’s Touching Letter to Man Who Lost Hope in Humanity

On March 30, 1973, the 'Charlotte's Web' author wrote a beautiful note to a dispirited man who had last all faith in humanity.

Philosopher Roger Scruton on 'The Virtue of Irrelevance'

Philosopher Roger Scruton on 'The Virtue of Irrelevance'

According to Scruton, an education who truly respects a child will instill him with the values which have today become irrelevant.

Every Book Lover Should Be Able To Pass This Literature Quiz
Lincoln’s Suicide Note

Lincoln’s Suicide Note

Abraham Lincoln’s depression is well chronicled. His essay on suicide is less known.

Can the Last Really be First?

Can the Last Really be First?

What did Jesus of Nazareth mean when he said “the last shall be first, and the first last”?

4 Questions Every Intelligent Reader Should Ask

4 Questions Every Intelligent Reader Should Ask

Most Americans aren't smart readers. Here's how to tell if you are.

Did Dickens Foretell the Modern Women’s Movement?

Did Dickens Foretell the Modern Women’s Movement?

Will failure to ground our grievances in rational and logical discourse lead us down the path of the French Revolution? 

Miss Manners: Trump is Making Americans Ruder

Miss Manners: Trump is Making Americans Ruder

Miss Manners' mistake is to confuse virtue with good manners.

8 Reasons You Should NOT Read Great Books

8 Reasons You Should NOT Read Great Books

This professor's list may or may not soothe your book-illiterate conscience...

King Lear: A Tragedy on Relativism

King Lear: A Tragedy on Relativism

Shakespeare's tragedy can be seen as a meditation on moral relativism, a worldview that is ultimately refuted and rejected.

Karl Marx Was a Pretty Bad Person

Karl Marx Was a Pretty Bad Person

Marx become an advocate of mass murder and dictatorship in place of liberal democracy and social peace.

Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’: A Handbook for Totalitarians or a Guide for Thwarting Tyrants?

Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince’: A Handbook for Totalitarians or a Guide for Thwarting Tyrants?

By revealing the cruel intentions of would-be oppressors, The Prince unlocks the secret to overthrowing a tyrannical leader.

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