Venerable British novelist Ian McEwan’s latest, ‘Machines Like Me,’ imagines an intriguing, but ultimately disappointing, past where Alan Turing never died and humanity is forced to confront advanced artificial intelligence in the 1980s.
‘Raising readers’ isn’t just another checkbox on some list of things to feel like good parents. It is instead an opportunity to free us from the tyranny of artificial parenting pressures.
The best way to remember—or discover—the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Herman Wouk may be his World War II epics.
The chronicler of the foolish, utopian ways of thinking that ail so many intellectual elites will be sorely missed by many.
There are many reasons you should push this amazing text to the top of your family reading list in 2019.
This is a loss not only of the Bible or Christian faith but a severing of his connection to all the other aspects of a culture that ought to have been ours.
‘Les Mis’ shows us a world resembling our own: a society filled with wealth, but rife with injustice. The play offers us hope for change in the form of two young revolutionaries.
In ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,’ Mark Twain creates a heroic archetype that is uniquely American.
Mark Twain rejected the simplistic, good-guys-always-win type of Sunday school stories with overtly moral themes that he was raised on.
‘The young love hardly anything better than to laugh. And if they do love something more than that, they love to learn more than that. If you read Mark Twain, you get to do both at the same time.’
Jennifer A. Frey, assistant philosophy professor, discusses understanding the struggles, novels, and desires of Southern writer Walker Percy.
Modern readers aren’t quite as interested in a tale where virtue is rewarded and vice punished, but it’s her best regardless.
In her satirical take on Gothic fiction, Austen pokes fun at some of the overwrought conventions prevalent at the time, but is careful not to condemn the genre as a whole.
Throughout ‘Northanger Abbey,’ Jane Austen explains why an untempered imagination can be misleading, and why real life is more mysterious than fiction.
Jane Austen finds value in the social conventions of her day throughout the pages of ‘Northanger Abbey,’ because manners do matter.
Karen Swallow Prior’s ‘On Reading Well’ offers some excellent advice for drawing moral lessons from literature, but sometimes great art proves so ambiguous that drawing pat conclusions is difficult.
A woman doesn’t need to be impossibly beautiful or virtuous in order to overcome challenges like a protagonist in a novel.
Reading ‘Northanger Abbey’ is essential to understanding Jane Austen’s use of satire throughout the entire canon of her books.
With the death of the Nobel Prize winning author, we’ve lost a great writer who both valued civilization, and saw the world as it is, not how he wished it to be.
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