What is the value of uncertainty?

Title

Daisies

Author

Oliver, Mary

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Reading

Overview

The winner of many literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, Mary Oliver (b. 1935) is a popular American poet whose lyric poems contemplate the beauty of nature and the place of human beings in…

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Title

Nuit of the Living Dead

Author

Sedaris, David

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Reading

Overview

Award-winning humorist David Sedaris is a well-known author, playwright, and commentator for National Public Radio. This essay, from his popular book, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,…

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Title

Three Questions

Author

Tolstoy, Leo

Type

Reading

Overview

What if there were a way to be certain so one would "never stray in any matter"? Leo Tolstoy—one of the giants of 19th century Russian literature—begins his story with three questions…

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Title

For Once, Then, Something

Author

Frost, Robert

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Reading

Overview

In Robert Frosts's "For Once, Then, Something," the speaker gazes into a well in search of what lies beneath his own image shining on the water. Mocked by unnamed "others" for…

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Title

The Three Hermits

Author

Tolstoy, Leo

Type

Reading

Overview

Leo Tolstoy, the 19th century Russian author of the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, here recounts "An Old Legend Current in the Volga District." The legend follows…

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