Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ is a controversial film, with some critics claiming it glosses over the horrors of war and the justification of invading Iraq. Others say it paints a nuanced portrait of a flawed hero, and illuminates the struggle soldiers go through on the battlefield and at home. If you don’t know what to think, these essays from around the web will tell you exactly how to feel about the movie.
Numerous fairy tales, and the legends behind them, are actually watered-down versions of uncomfortable historical events. These darker stories might be too terrifying for today's little lambkins, as well as some adults!...
Twenty-one years ago this month, on September 6, 1992, the decomposed body of Christopher McCandless was discovered by moose hunters just outside the northern boundary of Denali National Park. He had died inside a rusting bus that served as a makeshift shelter for trappers, dog mushers, and other backcountry visitors. Taped to the door was a note scrawled on a page torn from a novel by Nikolai Gogol: ATTENTION POSSIBLE VISITORS. S.O.S. I NEED YOUR HELP. I AM INJURED, NEAR DEATH, AND TOO WEAK TO
For over half a century, the comic book industry has been dogged by the work of one man, the anti-comics crusader and psychiatrist Fredric Wertham. His bestselling 1954 book The Seduction of the Innocent convinced parents and politicians alike that comics were a direct cause of violence, drug use, and homosexuality among young people. It led to the restrictive editorial code issued by the Comics Magazine Association of America, and a national movement to keep comics away from children and teens.
The society depicted in Aldous Huxley's dystopian warning bears a striking resemblance to the city described in "The Republic." Matthew J. Franck compares their teachings on politics, philosophy, poetry, and the power of science.
Trapped aboard a huge alien spaceship, you wander the corridors and meet weird aliens for all eternity, endlessly seeking a utopia you can never reach. Kind of heavy stuff for a 1980s Choose Your Own Adventure book. But it was real -- and you could only win by cheating!
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