The Mess of Brave New World

One of my students this summer suggested that I read Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley.  I obliged him.  And then I realized that it is book #58 on the BBC book list, so I killed two birds with one stone: pleasing people and checking a book off of my list. I can’t decide... Continue Reading →

The Magic of Childhood in Swallows and Amazons

I usually have my students read some sort of essay by E. B. White (1899-1985), one of the twentieth century’s best essayists and beloved author of children’s book Charlotte’s Web (1952).  For the last few semesters, we have read his essay titled “Once More to the Lake.”  Some of the students love it and others... Continue Reading →

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