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Birth of Frankenstein

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Young people today associate Frankenstein and Dracula with the monsters created for them in film and TV, not the originals in print that are a bother to read. I read an abridged version of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” when I was in grade school and learned what an epistolary novel was like, the narrative running through a series of letters and diaries.

Posted: October 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Books and privacy

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What books are significant to you? Facebook introduced this challenge to get people engaged and read the advertisements that boost its revenues. Facebook friends ask the same intrusive question to get people to disclose a bit more about themselves. Don’t think too hard, they ask, just give a list.

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Falling in love with words

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When people ask why I teach history, my quick answer is that I did not like the way I was taught as a student.

Posted: August 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Jitters

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“The Age of Anxiety” is a poem W. H. Auden wrote in 1947. It deals with man’s search for meaning in a turbulent world and won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Leonardo Bernstein thereafter composed “Symphony No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra.” Princeton University Press, in 2011, published a new edition of the poem.

Posted: March 18th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Teaching literature and K-to-12

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I had read in a slim philosophy textbook that the love of wisdom doesn’t bake bread.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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