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Requiem: How a poem resisted Stalin

To avoid persecution by Stalin, the poet Anna Akhmatova burnt her writings and instead taught a circle of friends the words of her poem Requiem off by heart. By going ‘pre-Gutenberg’ she ensured its survival, writes Martin Puchner.<p>When Anna Akhmatova began working on her long poem Requiem sometime …

Literature

The Rage of the Incels

Incels aren’t really looking for sex. They’re looking for absolute male supremacy.<p>Lately I have been thinking about one of the first things that I ever wrote for the Internet: a series of interviews with adult virgins, published by the Hairpin. I knew my first subject personally, and, after I …

Feminism

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

This Is the True Power of Reading, According to 2 Deep Thinkers on the Subject | Inc.com

There's a wave of articles being published these days on the benefits of reading. And not just a book or two a year, but <i>stacks</i> of books.<p>Articles laying out Bill Gates's reading list, or the one book that influenced Jeff Bezos the most, or how Elon Musk learned everything he knew from books. These …

Books

Make An Amazing Number Of Different Learning Games With “GameBuilder”

GameBuilder lets you create lots of different types of learning games – see the screenshot above to see the options.<p>Once you create it, anyone with …

Amazing

The Saintliness of Undecayed Corpses

In the medieval church, “incorrupt” remains signaled virtue, chastity, and holiness. An Object Lesson.<p>As darkness fell on August 29, 1104, the monks of Durham Cathedral Priory prepared to exhume their patron saint, Cuthbert. After two decades, their new cathedral was almost complete, and its …

Unknown Unknowns: Three Inquiries Into Religion

The philosopher Tim Crane is an atheist. Though educated in a Catholic environment, he has come to believe that nothing exists beyond the world of everyday experience and scientific explanation — nothing transcendent. Some people look around and think, <i>This can’t be all there is</i>. Crane is not one of …

Religion

“The Philosopher’s Web,” an Interactive Data Visualization Shows the Web of Influences Connecting Ancient & Modern Philosophers

How do we begin to read philosophy? Can we slide a book from the shelf, thumb through it casually, picking out the bits of wisdom that make …

James Baldwin On Teaching

Former high school teacher Clint Smith has a a good – and short – essay in The New Yorker today headlined James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a …

The Lost History of Neanderthals

New genetic evidence suggests our mysterious ancient cousins were more resilient—and more humanlike—than previously thought.<p>In 1856, three years before the publication of Charles Darwin’s <i>On the Origin of Species</i>, a group of miners uncovered human fossils in a limestone cave in the Neander Valley of …

Here is a lost Kurt Vonnegut short story. It’s a weirdly feminist satire about bees.

Welcome to the Vox weekly book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of September 3, 2017.<p>Indiana University has discovered an early unpublished short story by Kurt Vonnegut. It’s a …

How to access free and legal copies of English and American classic literature online

Add up all the textbooks and calculators that students need to buy and September can be rough for American parents and their children. While schools require purchases of the latest textbook editions each year, parents can acquire some books that never go out of date—and cost nearly nothing.<p>Many of …

Literature

12 More Poets For People Who Still Think They Don't Like Poetry

Sponsored by Candlewick Press, publisher of <i>Poe: Stories and Poems</i> by Gareth Hinds.<p>In a thrilling adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works, …

Literature

Helping students set goals and reflect on progress with Sown to Grow

Carol Dweck’s research on the power of mindset in learning has shown us that people aren’t necessarily “born smart” but rather, they <i>become smarter</i> …

Pedagogy

How Interracial Love Is Saving America

As a descendant of slaves and slaveholders, I embody uncomfortable incongruities — just as America does. In “Notes on the State of Virginia,” Thomas Jefferson wrote with anguish about the risks of amalgamation, or interracial sex, to a new nation. Whites were “stained” when they mixed with blacks, …

Pew Research Center

Freedom: A History of US. For Teachers | PBS

Sixteen historical primers, based on each of FREEDOM: A HISTORY OF US's sixteen Webisodes, include supplementary biographical information about …

Johns Hopkins University

You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

This blog post has some pretty useful information. So print it out; get out your highlighter and take off the cap.<p>Ready? Now throw it away, because highlighters don't really help people learn.<p>We all want for our kids to have optimal learning experiences and, for ourselves, to stay competitive with …

Pedagogy

If We Are Not Just Animals, What Are We?

Philosophers and theologians in the Christian tradition have regarded human beings as distinguished from the other animals by the presence within them of a divine spark. This inner source of illumination, the soul, can never be grasped from outside, and is in some way detached from the natural …

The Best of Banned Books

<b></b>On 3 March 1873, the Comstock Act was passed by the United States Congress, making it illegal to send any ‘obscene, lewd, or lascivious’ books …

Literature

Using Google Keep for Grading Comments in Docs

One of the great features of Google Docs is the ability to <b>leave comments in the margin</b>. This is a useful way to provide helpful feedback to students …

How to use Keep notes in Google Docs

Google's note-taking app Keep just became a little handier.<p>While Keep has been around for a while, there's a new way to use this note-keeping app. It's now integrated with Google Docs so you can take your ideas and easily convert them into full-blown projects. You can also make Keep notes without …

Apps

Dismal Voucher Results Surprise Researchers as DeVos Era Begins

The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education was a signal moment for the school choice movement. For the first time, the nation’s highest education official is someone fully committed to making school vouchers and other market-oriented policies the centerpiece of education reform.<p>But …

Education

5 of the Most Inspirational Poems to Restore Your Mental Grit and Courage | Inc.com

It's okay.<p>No, really. It's okay if you're not feeling 100 percent today. Nobody feels like they can conquer the Orcs of life or Tom Brady their career to the end goal all the time. But you know what's not okay? Wallowing. You have to get back up. You have to try. People depend on you, whether …

Inspiration

Review: Chicano Batman, 'Freedom Is Free'

<i>Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.</i><p>My enduring memory of Chicano Batman dates to the first time I saw them perform, back in 2010, at a bar called Footsies in Los …

Time I

Free kindle edition of "100 Books You Must Read Before You Die"

This looks like a good collection of public domain novels, in Kindle format. I've been wanting to read Sister Carrie again, so I got this. It's …

Which Canonical Work is Frequently and Frustratingly Misread?

<i>In Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Rivka Galchen and Benjamin Moser discuss which classic books are commonly misunderstood.</i><p><b>By Rivka Galchen</b><p><i>I didn’t pay much attention to the way that Don Quixote’s delusions often made others suffer.</i><p>Two weeks before he …

Literature

Pixar Rolls Out Free Online Storytelling Course

Pixar has been breaking technical barriers since it was founded in 1986. But talk to any of their top filmmakers and they’ll tell you that a focus on …

Animation

Barack Obama Ranked 12th Best U.S. President Ever in Major Survey of Historians

Barack Obama has been whisked to a very good table at the club of former presidents, according to a C-SPAN survey of 91 presidential historians …