How classic literature can contribute to the vital quest for meaning.
Philosopher Robert Mayhew on Ayn Rand’s Novel: We the Living
We the Living is not about Soviet Russia in 1925–its a novel about any dictatorship, anywhere, and hopefully it will prevent one in the United States.
Falling in Love with Poetry, Part 2
With a symphonic integration of all the resources of language, great love poets take the most elusive nuances, thrills, mysteries, and motifs of love and throw them into sharp relief.
Falling in Love with Poetry, Part 1
Experience the power of poetry to sharpen our vision, intensify our feelings, deepen our souls, and expand our capacity to love.
The Government Against Santa Claus
Feds to Crack Down on Santa Claus
The Merchant of Mars
The head of NASA convinces the President that space exploration should be done by private industry, and the United States government declares, “The first person to land on Mars, live there a year, and return alive owns the whole Red Planet.” Welcome to the greatest race in history.
Book Review: Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve
Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve is an enjoyable exercise in re-framing what the reader probably already knows about a favorite writer and discovering references, patterns and facts the reader may not know.
The Power of Observation: From Art to Literature to Life
One of the great joys of the present school year has been the addition of an art appreciation class, taught by art enthusiast and VanDamme Academy teacher Luc Travers. Mr. Travers' unique approach to analyzing a work of art has transformed my esthetic life, enhancing...
The McWilliams Special, Part 3 of 3
Just how McWilliams felt we had no means of knowing; but we knew our hearts would not beat freely until his infernal Special should slide safely over the last of the 266 miles which still lay between the distressed man and his unfortunate child. From McCloud to...
The McWilliams Special, Part 2 of 3
On the West End we had all night to prepare, and at five o'clock next morning every man in the operating department was on edge. At precisely 3.58 A.M. the McWilliams Special stuck its nose into our division, and Foley-pulled off No. 1 with the 466 -- was heading her...
The McWilliams Special, Part 1 of 3
It belongs to the Stories That Never Were Told, this of the McWilliams Special. But it happened years ago, and for that matter McWilliams is dead. It wasn't grief that killed him, either; though at one time his grief came uncommonly near killing us. It is an odd sort...
Heart of a Pagan, Chapter 2: The Coming
Excerpted from Andrew Bernstein's Heart of a Pagan: The Story of Swoop. Chapter 2: The Coming "Hoppo to the heights now!" Swoop roared that afternoon when he walked into our locker room for the first time. He swaggered through the door and slung his purple gym bag to...
Best Novel of the 20th Century: Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged or James Joyce’s Ulysses?
What is the best English-language novel of the 20th century? Clearly, one of these novels is a stylistic masterpiece, and the other is trash. The fighting is over which is which.
The Nerve of Foley, Part 2
When I walked into the round-house in the evening, with a pair of overalls on, Foley was in the cab getting ready for the run.Neighbor brought the Flyer in from the East. As soon as he had uncoupled and got out of the way we backed down with the 448. It was the best...