Classic Review: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (from the December 1868 issue of The Atlantic)

"That such a book should find an enduring place in the affectionate admiration of mankind is an inevitable result of the highest moral and mental excellence. Conceived in a mood of large human sympathy, and expressed in a delicately fanciful yet admirably simple form of art, it addresses alike the unlettered and the cultivated, it … Continue reading Classic Review: A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens (from the December 1868 issue of The Atlantic)

A Library Straddling the Border is Giving Immigrant Families a Safe Place to Reunite

"This year, as migrant families from Latin America were separated at the U.S. southern border, a more nuanced reality has been playing out on the northern frontier with Canada. Here, dozens of Iranian families have reunited at the Haskell library. Drawn by word-of-mouth and a smattering of social media posts, they have come to the … Continue reading A Library Straddling the Border is Giving Immigrant Families a Safe Place to Reunite

Night of Camp David: the return of a 1965 book about an insane president

Written by the late journalist Fletcher Knebel – “the grandfather of the modern political thriller”, in the appraisal of critic Terry Teachout – Night of Camp David was originally published in the stream of Washington suspense novels that surged after the Cuban missile crisis. Many of those books – Seven Days in May, Fail Safe, … Continue reading Night of Camp David: the return of a 1965 book about an insane president

Kuwaiti artist creates graveyard for books to protest government’s literature ban

A Kuwaiti artist has created a cemetery of books to protest the government's ban on thousands of pieces of literature in recent years. The art installation itself, named "A Cemetery of Banned Books", consisted of more than 200 headstones and was erected close to the location for Kuwait's annual book fair. It was removed by … Continue reading Kuwaiti artist creates graveyard for books to protest government’s literature ban