Excerpt: Language is one of the things that make humans human. Whilst there are other instances of communication in the animal kingdom, some employing relatively complex sets of signals by which animals express engagement with one another and with their physical environment, we have no evidence that non-human creatures can express abstract mental concepts such as those we are discussing today.
The Edge of the Precipice: Why Read Literature in the Digital Age? By Paul Socken My rating: 4 of 5 stars What will become of reading? In particular, what will become of reading and engaging what have been considered the great works of literature from various cultures (no canon arguments here!)? With the advent of digital media […]
Why Read? by Mark Edmundson Bloomsbury USA, originally published in 2004 My rating: 3 of 5 stars English departments are under attack in higher education. To be precise, courses that involve reading literature are under attack. Some people still prize being able to express oneself well in writing – maybe what we’ll have down the road […]
Continuing our Summer Quotation Series from Hannah Eagleson. The second quotation in this series comes from G. K. Chesterton, good-humored apologist and writer: A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. […]
What are you reading, watching, thinking about this week? As usual, here’s a few which have been on our mind. Let us know your thoughts on any/all of them. If you have items you’d like us to consider for the top five, add them in the comments or send them to Tom or Mike. 1. […]