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Libraries Burning: From Sarajevo to Mosul

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In the Balkans, Serbia conducted "ethnic cleansing" -- a repellent euphemism for "ethnic purging." The "Islamic State" is bent on "theological cleansing," which amounts to the same evil impulse.

Daily Meditation: The Nativity

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.22.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

11 Terrific Words Invented By John Milton

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 12.10.2014 | Home

Sorry, Shakespeare; you're not No. 1. Though the playwright receives endless adulation for his artistic contributions, including the many new words an...

How Free Should Speech Be?

Lindsay Hoffman | Posted 11.30.2014 | Media
Lindsay Hoffman

It's worth reconsidering such normative questions in the face of disputes over freedom of expression and censorship, whether they regard Hollywood photo scandals or threats toward national security.

More Than a Dream

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The future -- as well as the present -- is what we make of it. That's how dreams come true: "We ... will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like water."

The Art of Passionately Hating at Least One Classic Author

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 07.15.2012 | Comedy
Nick Kolakowski

Not that you need to unleash your inner Conan the Barbarian to make a point about literature. But given how intellectuals inevitably harbor well-tended lists of likes and dislikes, not confessing a deep hatred of, say, John Milton's poetry will compel other learned types to view you with suspicion.

Evaluating the Post-Secular Return to Belief

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 10.18.2011 | Home
Feisal G. Mohamed

ave wounds of deadly hate pierced humanity -- and humanities scholars -- so deep that we are no longer capable of blind hopes?

What Happened On This Day In 1667?

history.com | Posted 06.27.2011 | Home

Blind poet John Milton sells the copyright to his masterpiece "Paradise Lost" (1667) for a mere 10 pounds....

Crackpots In Life, Heroes In Death: Which Innovators Were Shunned By Their Contemporaries? (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.14.2011 | Home

It happens in every generation: someone comes up with ideas that look crazy but turn out to be genius. When do they get the recognition? After they're...

Scholar Unearths Dirty Milton Poem

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

John Milton, the high-minded creator of "Paradise Lost," may have also written the decidedly low-minded poem "An Extempore Upon a Faggot."

Five Sequels to the Dante's Inferno Video Game

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Laurence Hughes

Five video games based on classic literature that are guaranteed to put the gory back in allegory.

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...

The Uses of Poetry

Daniel Krotz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Krotz

Fifty years after I found myself begging in London, I continue to find poetry useful.

Newspapers, Not Books, Are the Key to Engaging Budding College Students

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Danny Groner

The acts of reading the newspaper and participating in conversation about current affairs are worth more to young college students than interpreting foreign works, no matter their messages.

A Truly Epic Movie

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

So farewell hope, and with hope farewell fear, Farewell remorse; all good to me is lost. Evil, be thou my good. No, we're definitely not talking abou...

EPIPHANY: Celebrating Moments of Truth

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cathleen Falsani

Realizing that you're happy in your own skin, where you're meant to be, glad to be shod of something unhealthy, and everything is going to be OK, is a profound truth.

Ranking The Best Poets Ever

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

In 1971, James Dickey wrote a letter listing the top ten living American poets. Slotted in third place behind Ezra Pound and W.H. Auden was...James D...