The Great Diagram

Just for fun: a poster of sentence diagrams of the first sentences of famous novels made the rounds on the Internet last week, and the Paris Review decided to take a look at the history of sentence diagrams: As a pedagogical device, sentence diagrams have fallen out of fashion; I never had to draw them (if that’s [Read More...]

An Unlikely Mentor

At The High Calling, Christine Scheller remembers an unlikely mentor: Ours was an unlikely pairing on the surface. Me: an evangelical Christian, one-time homeschooler, pro-lifer. He a secular Jew, pioneering New York City public television host and station co-founder, long-time president of the Motion Picture Association’s ratings board. What we had in common was Rutgers [Read More...]

In a Sod House

Amy Lepine Peterson writes at Art House America about On the Banks of Plum Creek - and depression, and acedia, and poetry: When I wash the dishes or grade the multiple choice quizzes, then, I try to cultivate my understanding of how those tasks fit into(yes!) the redemptive arc of history.  Maybe I’m joining in God’s [Read More...]

Auden, Anxiety, and the Music on the Way

Anxiety is a powerful problem for many people – I was recently amazed to find out that nearly half of one of my college classes freely admitted to having been on anxiety medication at some point in their lives. For many, it’s something they just have to live with. So I thought Laura Ortberg Turner’s [Read More...]


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