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Expecting More From Technology, Less From People

In the aftermath of having one of my blog posts “freshly pressed” on WordPress’s homepage, resulting in over 3,000 hits (so far) and a significant chunk of my day devoted to moderating and replying to comments, I thought it might … Continue reading

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What’s the Big Deal About Agatha Christie?

Millions of copies of her works are sold annually. Her stories are endlessly remade for film and television; my wife and I recently watched a 1970s film version of one of her novels and were amazed at the ensemble cast’s … Continue reading

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Time to Revisit Prydain

I was surprised when walking through Costco Sunday with the family to see that Disney has released a 25th-anniversary edition of The Black Cauldron. This morning I realized that even the Wall Street Journal took note of the event. I … Continue reading

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No Christian Civilization Without Books

This week I read an article by a Bulgarian missionary in a small-circulation magazine that gave me a renewed appreciation for the Christian classics and the culture of reading. According to the article, this missionary and his team have devoted … Continue reading

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Ask Me Anything

If you are a college student, or if there is a college student in your life in some way, I’d encourage you to check out a little book by J. Budziszewski called Ask Me Anything. This author is well known … Continue reading

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Introducing the Great Books MLA Program at Faulkner University

We have a diverse group of students in our Master of Liberal Arts program this year: a bohemian globetrotting Methodist, a libertarian Catholic, a monarchist Orthodox, and a traditionalist Baptist, among others. Class discussion, centered on great texts of the … Continue reading

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How to Read a Book, Part IV

When one person says, “I love cheese,” and another says, “I love football,” and a third says, “I love mankind,” are they all three using the word in any sense that is common? With this question, Mortimer Adler and Charles … Continue reading

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How to Read a Book, Part III

[Click here for Part I and Part II.] If you have ever felt lost whenever you approached a particular genre of writing, Part III of How to Read a Book may help you tremendously. In this section, Adler and Van … Continue reading

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How to Read a Book, Part II

[This is the second in a series of posts on Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren’s classic work How to Read a Book. For the first post in the series, click here.] The second section of How to Read a … Continue reading

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How to Read a Book, Part I

The Western tradition holds countless riches to be explored: poems, paintings, symphonies, novels, and much more. Unfortunately, this cultural legacy remains largely inaccessible to many Westerners today for the simple reason that they have not learned how to read actively. … Continue reading

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