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Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 10: The Afterlife

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.28.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teacher: Let's say that you're a high-school senior intent on going to college, but you learn from your doctor that you have only six months to live. ...

Shakespeare's Trojan War In Central Park

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 08.11.2016 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

Be careful venturing into Central Park at night during the next few weeks. The overall crime rate is still low, but don't be surprised if a war is go...

The Song of Achilles: A Forbidden Romance of Epic Proportions

Off The Shelf | Posted 07.25.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

By Taylor Jenkins Reid | Off the Shelf I came across The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller in one of the most romantic ways one can find a story. I...

What's in a Name?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.08.2015 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

However a writer selects a name, it must fit and exemplify that character. The mention of the name should bring to mind an entire set of personality traits; a certain look; and feeling tone. The name should evoke a strong image in the reader's mind, and have a ring of authenticity.

Achilles And Moses Go Postal: A Lesson From The Ancient World On Gun Control

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

Achilles had anger-management issues. Moses, too, had a temper. Roughly 3,000 years have come and gone, and these guys still seem familiar. Maybe we will someday eliminate poverty, but the hotheads will always be with us.

Call The FAA! Can't Won't Leave Airport Ceiling (UPDATE)

Posted 02.15.2012 | Denver

For aircraft enthusiasts, the term "ceiling" typically refers to the maximum altitude a plane can reach, or the lowest level of clouds above the groun...

High Art and...David Beckham?

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

What poetic subject could cause such a stir? David Beckham, the dashing English footballer and global celebrity, who fell injured last Sunday.

March 10: First Phone Call

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

On this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful telephone call. He said, "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you." (On Wikipedia, t...

Super Poems: Other Comic Books Inspired by Verse

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

In a plot line inspired by Robert Frost's poem "Road Not Taken," fictional character Archie Andrews has already proposed to Veronica and will propose to Betty next month. I wonder what it would be like if other comics were inspired by poems...