Category: books

A Pivotal Book

To Kill A Mockingbird is 50 years old. In a story examining the relevance of the book today as compared to when it was originally published in 1960, the reporter, Lynn Neary, notes: For the high-schoolers reading To Kill a…

When it LOOKS like education

This weekend it occurred to me Mark Twain’s Diaries of Adam and Eve is an allegory for educational policy, practice, and reform. An extract from Adam’s diary on Monday: This new creature with the long hair is a good deal…

Asylum

When I think “asylum,” I think of safety as in to “give asylum to.” Then I think of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with Jack Nicholson and its penetrating whites. And then I remember a documentary I saw as…

Picture (Book) Perfect

There’s this story I like to tell about my introducing “literature” to my children. It involves my eldest. He must have been two. I had bought a copy of Maurice Sendak’s classic, Where the Wild Things Are, to read to…

This Year’s NYAF

We were fortunate to be among the latter-first in line to see the premiere of Soul Eater. We weren’t the first but we weren’t the last. We were just enough bodies away from the front of the line to not…