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A Quaker’s Christmas Reflection

Following is an approximate transcription of vocal ministry I offered today, 12/24/17, at Homewood Friends Meeting. Please note that the scriptural …

One of the largest collections of Ethiopian religious texts is in DC

Washington D.C., Dec 31, 2017 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With a gift of more than 600 handmade leather manuscripts earlier this year, The Catholic …

Catholicism

Christmas is not disposable and neither is Mary.

Christmas is a not a disposable feast. Though, admittedly, if Christmas is no more than a holiday, it’s already on the curb and cast out of mind. But …

Theology

200 Years Later: Things You Might Not Know About Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018]<b>Today is the 200th anniversary of</b> …

‘Frankenstein’ Gets Spot on U.K. 2-Pound Coin

The U.K. will make new coins this year to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein’’ as well as commemorate a century since …

Free Cooking eBooks From Amazon

Either people live to eat or eat to live — whether traveling or dining out or simply having a meal at home. Sometimes a good recipe helps when you do …

“Frankenstein 2.0: Or, the postmodern Prometheus”: bicentennial edition

<i>Exactly 200 years ago today, on January 1, 1818, the thoughtful monster Frankenstein was unleashed on the world. English writer Mary Shelley’s Gothic Prometheus was made for the modern age; Quartz gave the story a birthday update for the contemporary period.</i><p>* * *<p>Greetings, Ergo Sum—If this message …

Literature

Five insights from Quaker Meetings

Along with the Recording Clerk, Paul Parker, I love visiting local Quaker meetings. Britain Yearly Meeting employs staff to help meetings grow and to …

Genealogy

Why 'Frankenstein' Is More Relevant Than Ever

Exactly two hundred years after it was first published, Mary Shelley's fever dream is still haunting us<p>One frigid day in 1803 a crowd at the Royal College of Surgeons watched Giovanni Aldini apply electricity to the head of an executed convict. The jaw muscles quivered. Next, he tried electrocuting …

7 Unconventional Novels That Break All The Rules Of Genre

If you walk down the aisles of a book shop or a library or an abandoned Blockbuster Video, you might notice that every book, comic, and film has been …

The 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

1 of 51<p>50 books we can’t wait to read in 2018<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 51<p>The Bomb Maker, by Thomas Perry<p>3 of 51<p>Gnomon, by Nick Harkaway<p>Advertisement<p>4 of …

Let's explore the Quaker way

Here in the Children and Young People's team – part of Quaker Life – we offer lots of fantastic resources that help children and young people feel …

Hackney Quakers make amends for disowning radical anti-slavery dwarf 300 years ago

Radical Benjamin Lay. (Painting by William Williams, Portrait of Benjamin Lay, 1750-1758, courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Washington, …

Quakers condemn US recognition of Jerusalem

Quakers in Britain have made this statement responding to the announcement from the president of the United States concerning Jerusalem.<p>Paul Parker, …

Profound Silence

What is Quaker Meeting like when you’re deaf? For Jane Fernandes, it is profound. And, she says, it’s a rare experience to find a group of hearing …

Times and seasons

Early Quakers did not observe Christmas nor mark other 'times and seasons'. They believed that no day was more holy than any other, and believed that …

Christmas Eve

A Mysticism for Our Time

Rediscovering the spiritual writings of Thomas R. KellyThomas R. Kelly, “The Record of the Class of 1914.” Courtesy of Quaker and Special …

News & Events: Make Your Reading Resolutions

News This Week:<p>» Thanks & Happy New Year<p>» In Case You Missed It<p>Winter hats from Harvard Book Store!<p>Recommendations:<p>» New On Our Shelves<p>» Recent Finds …

The Most Mysterious Thing About Edgar Allan Poe Might Be How He Died

If it had been the ending of one of his stories, critics might have said it was unbelievable. But Edgar Allan Poe’s death, which came suddenly and …

Learning the Epistolary Poem by Hannah Brooks-Motl

It’s an old story: star-crossed lovers don’t know they’re star-crossed. They fall in love through the exchange of letters (or emails), not realizing …

Literature

College Presidents Say: "Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech"

Here's a letter from the Higher Education Council of San Antonio, signed by various San-Antonio-area university officials, including the presidents …

Migraine Madrigal

<i>This poem appears in the LARB Print Quarterly Journal: No. 16, Art</i><p><i>To receive the LARB Quarterly Journal,</i> become a member or donate here.<p>¤<p>Migraine …

Books

What Was It Like to Care About Books 20 Years Ago?

In search of some nostalgic holiday cheer, V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell climb in the way back machine and time travel to 1997 with critic …

16 New Year's "Wishes" From Neil Gaiman To Inspire You To Have The Most Magical 2018

With dozens of award-winning novels and short fiction, Neil Gaiman has become one of the most respected writers in the English-speaking world. In …

9 Books From the 1930s That Resonate Today

Reading 1930s Literature as Past or Prediction<p>The 1930s saw protectionist policies, isolationist doctrines, and a rise of authoritarian regimes …

Literature

The Favorite Literary Work of Every Country Visualized on a World Map

Begun by user "BackForward24" and crowdsourced through Reddit, this map of the world illustrates the most beloved/popular book of each country by …

Literature

The best Amazon e-reader is on sale right now

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>Is one of your New …

Acts of Re-covery: Mining Our Comic Subconscious

<i>ROBERT SIKORYAK’S REMARKABLE SKILL often goes unappreciated because of its subtlety. His works are acts of cultural appropriation that deftly mine</i> …

Literature

Free for all: How to find free (and legal) books and movies

Since the days of dial-up modems, the internet has been a never-ending source of movies, music, electronic books and television programs. The problem is that most of that content is actually owned by someone, and downloading it without paying for it makes you a pirate.<p>Besides being illegal -- …

Resurrection woman: crime writer revives reputation of the ‘Scottish Jane Austen’

Val McDermid hopes to revive the memory of 19th-century author Susan Ferrier<p>Edinburgh’s eerie gothic past, with its notorious “resurrection men” digging up graves under cover of the night in order to provide medical students with cadavers to dissect, is to receive a positive spin this New Year’s …

Books