A common misconception is that professors who use popular culture and fantasy in the classroom have abandoned the classics, yet in a variety of contexts--high school, college freshman composition, senior seminars, literature, computer science, philosophy and politics--fantasy materials can expand and enrich an established curriculum.
The new essays in this book combine analyses of popular television... [click here for more]
What causes these periodic eruptions of interest in unknown places
and unknown events? What small spark ignites our curiosity about places
half way around the world with names we find hard to pronounce and
lifestyles we can only imagine? Yet it happens all the time in different places
around the world. Not knowing where to go without knowing where you've
been is likely at the heart... [click here for more]
Genealogy and reality sometimes make strange bedfellows. The family tree is a sacred shrine of one’s very identity, shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Kings and killers, immortal warriors each nobler than the next, lurk in the misty dimness of antiquity in every family name. The imagination knows no limits in conjuring up heroes and giants whose blood pulses through our veins.
No idle pastime... [click here for more]
The Enchiridion, or Hero's Handbook, is an ancient Stoic tome of wisdom, now available in this new, illustrated translation, in modern, conversational English. This 2nd century guide to living the good life consists of 52 timeless lessons, ranging from how to deal with the death of a loved one, to whether or not to catcall women (spoiler: don't). This translation is available as a free PDF, or as... [click here for more]