How should we respond to crisis?

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

Of the Sons of Master and Man

Author

Du Bois, W. E. B.

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Reading

Overview

Although he wrote during the early twentieth century, the racial issues that NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois explores are, sadly, still pertinent to this day. In chapter 9 of his timeless book, The…

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Title

September 1, 1939

Author

Auden, W. H.

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Reading

Overview

W. H. Auden was one of the literary giants of the twentieth century. His poems, plays, and essays, written in everyday language, are full of his favorite themes: religion, politics, and psychology.…

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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

The Odyssey, Book X

Author

Homer

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Reading

Overview

Originally recited by the bard Homer in towns and villages all over Greece, The Odyssey was finally written down in the 8th century BCE. Ulysses, or Odysseus', adventures on the way home…

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