What motivates us to act in the world?

Title

Empathy

Author

Stallings, A.E.

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Reading

Overview

The winner of many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, American poet and translator A.E. Stallings studied classics in Athens, Georgia, and Oxford, U.K. In 1999 she emigrated to Athens, Greece,…

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Title

My Optimism

Author

Yanxiang, Shao

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Reading

Overview

Chinese poet and essayist Shao Yanxiang was born in 1933 in the Zhejiang province of China. During the mid-1950s, Yanxiang became critical of the new China and began publishing satirical essays. For…

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Title

Song of the Shirt, 1941

Author

Parker, Dorothy

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Reading

Overview

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), founder of the Algonquin Table (an influential group of New York City writers, critics, and actors that met for lunch every day at the Algonquin Hotel) and sometime editor…

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Title

Old Woman Magoun

Author

Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins

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Reading

Overview

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman began writing in the 1880s. Much of her work concerns the daily realities of life in the provincial New England towns of that era. She is valued today for her insight into the…

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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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