We can thank Dante for those horrific dreams of burning in purgatory, The author of La Commedia (The Divine Comedy), considered a masterwork of world literature, Dante Alighieri was born Durante Alighieri in Florence, Italy, in 1265, to a notable family of modest means. His mother died when he was seven years old, and his father remarried,Continue reading “Why We Think Hell is Fiery: Dante’s Influence on our Modern Sinister Minds”
There is no more important book to understand our times than Albert Camus’s The Plague, a novel about a virus that spreads uncontrollably from animals to humans and ends up destroying half the population of a representative modern town. Camus speaks to us now not because he was a magical seer, but because he correctlyContinue reading ““The Plague” by Albert Camus”
Born on this day in Yorkshire, in 1816, the third of six children.
The Man Who Told America the Truth About D-Day Ernest Taylor Pyle was a Pulitzer Prize—winning American journalist and war correspondent who is best known for his stories about ordinary American soldiers during World War II. Pyle is also notable for the columns he wrote as a roving human-interest reporter from 1935 through 1941 for the Scripps-Howard newspaper syndicate that earned him wide acclaimContinue reading “Remembering Ernie Pyle, in Honor of National Columnist Day”
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. Below are the top ten works produced by this prolific intellect:
To wrap up our many January celebrations, we wish Lewis Carroll a happy birthday! He was born this day in 1832. How many of you are Alice in Wonderland fans? Below is the infamous “Jabberwocky” poem. Jabberwocky BY LEWIS CARROLL ’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:All mimsy were the borogoves, AndContinue reading “Happy Birthday Lewis Carrol, born on this day in 1832.”
As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., it’s natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, King had also begun to broaden his efforts to unify the around economic justice.
Happy 71st Birthday to one helluva creative writer, Haruki Murakami. Haruki is a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside of Japan. “Today when I awoke from a nap the faceless man wasContinue reading “Happy Birthday Haruki Murakami”