How does fear bring us together and how does it divide us?

Title

The Porcupine’s Dilemma

Author

Schopenhauer, Arthur

Type

Reading

Overview

Nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote extensively on motivation, desire, and the relationship between the individual and society. Sometimes called “the philosopher of…

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Title

A Small, Good Thing

Author

Carver, Raymond

Type

Reading

Overview

Raymond Carver was an American short story writer and poet in the late 20th century whose famous works include “Cathedral” and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” and…

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Title

A Visit of Charity

Author

Welty, Eudora

Type

Reading

Overview

One of the most celebrated writers of the American South, Eudora Welty was born in 1899 in Jackson, Mississippi, where she lived for most of her life. Her first published volume of short stories—the…

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Title

Waiting for the Barbarians

Author

Cavafy, C. P.

Type

Reading

Overview

Cavafy's call-and-response poem considers the human phenomenon of unity in response to a threat. As America came together after the 9/11 tragedy, so does the Roman Empire in anticipation (and fear)…

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