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  • When It Comes to Reading, Does Quality Beat Quantity?

    When It Comes to Reading, Does Quality Beat Quantity?0

    At this cultural moment, a question like quality-over-quantity may seem an inane one to ask. We live in a society, after all, where schools dumb down their English curricula, where one in five rising freshmen enter college as ‘book virgins’, and (with apologies to Norman Juster) where those same students swim for years in the

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  • Why Language and Gender Aren’t Just ‘Social Constructs’

    Why Language and Gender Aren’t Just ‘Social Constructs’0

    Many in our culture are confused about the meaning of words. I’m not just talking here about what counts as ‘fake news’, or the typical contortions that politicians put on their own language to distort facts—though that in and of itself is something of a worrisome trend. But it’s growing increasingly common to hear people

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  • Bashar al-Assad: the Abraham Lincoln of Syria

    Bashar al-Assad: the Abraham Lincoln of Syria0

    Among the great iconic political leaders of America, few are treated with greater veneration (or, in some circles, vilification) than Abraham Lincoln. He appeals to many parts of our national mythology, and he was a ‘war leader’ during a time of great national crisis who melded toughness and tenacity with a firm vision for what

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  • Trump Voters: What Exactly Do You Mean by a ‘Great’ America?

    Trump Voters: What Exactly Do You Mean by a ‘Great’ America?0

    Dear Trump Voters, Let’s start with the basics. What exactly do you mean when you told me during the campaign that you want to ‘make America great again’? The slogan your candidate was elected on states outright that there was a time when America was great, that now America is not great, and that your

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