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Sad fate of poetry in our education system

The point of reading a poem is not to try to “solve” it. Still, that quantifiable process of demystification is precisely what teachers are encouraged to teach students, often in lieu of curating a powerful experience through literature. 382 more words

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'The Goldfinch' - a worthy Pulitzer winner

Great news just out. The BBC and a multitude of other media reports that Donna Tartt has just won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. A really worthy winner. 188 more words

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Something rotten in the state of... pretty-well everywhere

ELISE HILTON on MONDAY, APRIL 14, commented on Ross Douthat’s most recent musings on our toxic culture. She was writing on the Acton Institute blog. 203 more words

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"Freedom is a word I rarely use without thinking..."


David Quinn, in his Irish Independent column on Friday reflected on Irish independence in the context of what the people of Scotland are currently contemplating – separation from the United Kingdom. 281 more words

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Getting income equality in perspective

For all those who get themselves into a frenzy about income inequality, Ross Douthat makes this interesting observation in an interview in The Kenyon Observer: 129 more words

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Al Gore's nine inconvenient truths

The BBC reports on an embarrassment for the incredible Mr. Gore, that is the would-be US president, Mr. Al Gore, whose acclaimed documentary on global warming has now to be accompanied by a health warning in English schools, an English judge has ruled. 150 more words

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Literature and life

You may or may not – yet – have read The Goldfinch, the new Donna Tartt novel. You may or may not even have read the post on this blog about the novel. 178 more words

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