What makes it possible for us to connect to others? What gets in the way?

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 Danger of a Single Story

Author

Adichie, Cimamanda Ngozi

Type

Video

Overview

Born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1977, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an internationally acclaimed writer of novels, short fiction and nonfiction. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship along with many other…

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Title

Some Food We Could Not Eat

Author

Hyde, Lewis

Type

Reading

Overview

In his book, The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property, Lewis Hyde, a literary critic and translator of Spanish poetry, focuses on creative power and the notion of art as a gift—both…

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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

Significant Other

Author

Espaillat, Rhina

Type

Reading

Overview

Poet Rhina Espaillat was born in the Dominican Republic, but came to the United States in 1939 after her family was forced into exile for opposing the Dominican government. For many years, she taught…

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