Lady of the Month Portrait of the Month Team of the Month Speakology “I thought of the gutters I would lie in one day.” Hans Schnier, The Clown, Heinrich Böll, 1963

Lady of the Month Portrait of the Month Team of the Month Speakology I have come to greet you, To tell you that the sun is up: The sun’s hot light now waits to greet you And trembles through the leaves and sap -“I Have Come to Greet You,” Afanasy Fet Trans. J. Greene

Inconcussa manet (“It withstands the storm“). –Lobkowicz family motto A sense of responsibility should be […] the foundation of family life. –Václav Havel, Letters to Olga A sense of responsibility not only at the centre of family life, but at the centre of political and cultural life. Havel, a playwright turned-political dissident-turned-president, knew the importance of culpability […]

Although I build you engines new, As to my native city due When foes surround our citadel, These endures not Science well; Not thus, she would freely use Archimedes of Syracuse. He lifts Marcellus’ ships on high, Or fires them with Apollo’s eye. Know, these are mercenary arts- Of Science but the meaner parts- Such […]

Lady of the Month Portrait of the Month Team of the Month Speakology “Remember: The enemy gate is down.” Ender Wiggin, Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card, 1985

Just a wild mountain rose, needing freedom to grow  So I ran fearing not where I’d go  When a flower grows wild, it can always survive  Wildflowers don’t care where they grow. –Wildflowers, Dolly Parton Then Miriam, the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out […]

While teenagers not reading “enough” is a perennial concern for adults, a recent article by Hannah Withers and Laurel Ross (published in McSweeneys) suggests that teens are reading far more than their fretting adult counterparts. A recent study conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project entitled “Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits” reported that sixteen- and […]