A terrific way to spend a weekend

This looks like an awesome way to spend a relaxing weekend, actually.

This article about Agatha Christie looks like a great read! Also on: Twitter icon

Why Harry Potter wasn’t lost in translation

Some of the most widely translated books are the Harry Potter book series. It turns out that the translations weren’t a simple matter.

Learning to code and the argument for bribing our kids to read

Our son’s new interest in learning to code prompted me to think about how I could link this hobby to persuading him to read more. In doing so, it seems to me that there is a strong argument to be made for bribery.

Trump’s American fascism was the stuff of 20th century fiction

Is Donald Trump fulfilling numerous prophecies of the rise of American fascism that were published in the first half of the 20th century? It certainly seems to be happening. Even if it isn’t, those predictions are worth paying attention to.

The NeverEnding Story finally makes sense to me

I watched The NeverEnding Story with our kids this evening and it all finally made sense to me, partly with the help of a quote by Neil Gaiman.

“A great story invites an expansion of understanding”

“A great story, then, is not about providing information, though it can certainly inform — a great story invites an expansion of understanding, a self-transcendence.”

A gentle bedtime story from Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner reads a new bedtime classic in a gentle, but firm style that many parents will appreciate. It’s a wonderful book for 21st century parents, not prudes.

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