“Since the invention of the cuneiform system of writing in Mesopotamia around 3500 BCE and of hieroglyphics in Egypt around 3150 BCE, the serious reader of texts has enjoyed cultural acclamation,” writes Frank Furedi in Aeon.”In Roman times, starting in the second century BCE, books […]

Anthony Kronman’s upcoming book, Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan, looks to be an important subject for our times. David Brooks recently wrote about the important tome in his most recent column: The Beauty of Big Books. In his column, Brooks notes the former Yale Law […]

Joseph Ellis delivered a speech at the Ted Mann Concert Hall at the University of Minnesota on September 28, 2016. His speech was titled: “The Second Founding: Four Men Who Created a Country.” The speech was part of a series called Friends Forum: A Series […]

This one is from the archives of Bill Moyers’ wonderful show. Here he speaks with one of my favorite poets, W.S. Merwin, about his 50-year-career. You can find this show and other information at Bill Moyers’ blog, which is still kept up to date, even […]

A great short film from Chad Howitt called: Welcome to the Last Bookstore. It’s a touching look at Josh Spencer’s journey overcoming adversity opening an independent bookstore in Los Angeles. Courtesy of Atlantic Video.

As if you needed a reason to read a book, a recent study might give you one more. If you want to live longer, read. Check out this story on Smithsonian magazine’s site: “A new study in the journal Social Science and Medicine suggests that […]

I’m looking forward to reading Sean Carroll’s new book: The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning and the Universe Itself. My copy arrived today. It sounds like a book full of big ideas that crosses many intellectual disciplines. Listen to the author speak […]

Bill Gates just released his list of five books everyone should read this summer. One of them looks very interesting. It’s called The Vital Question. In the book, author and biochemist Nick Lane posits a new idea about how life began on earth. How did […]

Epictetus was a Stoic Greek philosopher who lived from AD 55-135. His belief was basically that all external events are determined by fate; there’s nothing we can do to control what happens to us. Nevertheless, we are responsible for how we react, which we can […]