What do people gain or lose from joining a group or a community?

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

The Destructors

Author

Greene, Graham

Type

Reading

Overview

Graham Greene was an English writer, journalist, and sometime British spy. Several of his novels--some of which are spy thrillers--have been turned into films, such as The End of the Affair…

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Title

Doctor Jack-o’-Lantern

Author

Yates, Richard

Type

Reading

Overview

Richard Yates (1926–1992) was born in Yonkers, New York. Yates served in the United States Army in World War II. Upon returning from the war, he worked as a publicist and a reporter before publishing…

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Title

Why I Make Sam Go to Church, from Traveling Mercies

Author

Lamott, Anne

Type

Reading

Overview

Novelist and essayist Anne Lamott is known for her candor and humor on subjects such as addiction, religion, and motherhood. "Why I Make Sam Go to Church" is taken from Traveling Mercies(1999),…

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Title

Woke Up Black (clip)

Author

Morten, Mary

Type

Video

Overview

"“Woke Up Black” is a 2011 documentary produced and directed by filmmaker Mary Morten that focuses on five African-American college students from the Chicago area. The youth, ages 16-21,…

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