We would be remiss if we scratched out the peaks and valleys of human experience inside fairy tales. Not only would it be highly inaccurate, it would not inspire us to anything.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s tales of Middle-earth remain as beloved as ever. Yet, as our superficial culture rushes to absorb and adapt his work, it continually fails to understand the themes that make his work meaningful.
In fewer than 350 pages, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren will more than likely transform the way you read and argue—for the better.
Instagram ‘poet’ Rupi Kaur outsold Homer this past year. The trite writer began self-published, but has since hit the big time.
Within his ancient play ‘The Clouds,’ Aristophanes examines two particular kinds of speech, just and unjust speech, and their timeless conflict.
Sharing gorgeous pictures and well-crafted stories with our children is an excellent way to combat the dehumanizing habits and beliefs that make our world shrill, angry, and sad.
A recent critique of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by novelist Alice Randall has converted me into a full-throttled defender of Harper Lee’s coming of age tale.
Agatha Christie’s books have been sold more than a billion times in English. A new version of her ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ opens November 10.
A Mississippi school district is going after Harper Lee’s classic work, contending that its difficult themes will make students too uncomfortable.
Free verse is a symptom of a disease that afflicts the whole body of modern art — it’s the slow-creeping tingling in the fingers and toes that indicates the tumor growing in the brain.
The theme of ‘Lord of the Flies’ is inseparable from an investigation of the expressions and pitfalls of masculinity.
Jack Kerouac would have hated me, because I took his work seriously rather than as cautionary tales. So did the entire Beat generation.
Not widely read until after her untimely passing at age 41, Jane Austen’s works became popular around 15 years later, were all republished in 1832, and have not gone out of print since.
As vacation begins, decades of K-12 education research tells us that summertime is when the academic paths of higher- and lower-performing students most radically diverge.
Bob Dylan’s Nobel acceptance speech could almost have been written to illustrate the famous words on ‘tradition and the individual talent’ from an earlier Nobel laureate.
Bob Dylan is the Boomer Beyoncé— moments of true genius imbued by a generation with cultural significance that demands fealty and is aghast at the slightest criticism.
A new collection of forgotten F. Scott Fitzgerald stories shows an American master embracing dark subject matter without losing his sense of humor or capacity to hope.
Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech makes a solid case that he loves classic literature, absorbs its messages, and sends those messages back out again through his songwriting.
Even at a small New England college of modest reputation, one voice of dissent is one too many, and the entire apparatus of the college administration moves to silence him.
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