Reading at least one poem a day has been like an intellectual vitamin, giving me a small dose of literature even on busy days when I can’t get to the novels and nonfiction on my nightstand.
Historian Howard Means, author of ‘67 Shots,’ explores the myths and realities of the 1970 Kent State shootings.
Matthew Desmond explores the intense hardship connected with evictions, which have now become a regular occurrence in American cities.
I’m not the sort who usually polishes off a book in a single sitting. Life cuts into my dance with the page, asking for a waltz of its own.
Only in the last 25 years has there been much to choose from in the way of literary takes on and by mothers.
The future president lost to Gerald Ford in nail-biter but emerged wiser and stronger.
Smith read broadly and avidly as a child, and she seems to remember just about every book that she devoured.
Why books still matter – even (and maybe especially) in times of trial.
Historian Susan Jaques talks about the Russian monarch’s stunning legacy.
An unspoken rule of our annual start-of-summer literary field trip is that there will be no fatherly homilies on the 'Importance of Reading.'
In the midst of war, Smoke won hearts and earned himself a new job and a new home – thanks to a story by a Monitor correspondent.
Yes, it's a nuisance when the stacks of yet-to-be-read magazines reach frightening altitudes. But sooner or later comes the day when I actually do read them.
Actors dressed in Word War I army fatigues stand near Waterloo Station in London on Friday. They are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of The Somme.
In America, where few people read poetry anymore, a poet can be great but largely unknown.
Theodore Roosevelt created today's more democratic primary system for his own personal gain, says historian Geoffrey Cowan, author of 'Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary.'
In 'Investigating Lois Lane,' Canadian comics historian Tim Hanley history considers how Superman’s gal pal became an icon of her own.
Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason talks about Erlendur Sveinsson, the fictional detective whose brooding style has earned him fans around the world.
David Good's memoir explores the difficult marriage of his father, a student of cultural anthropology, to his mother, a young Yanomami native.
Before Sanders, socialist Eugene V. Debs made bids for the top job.
Karen Branan, author of 'The Family Tree,' found shocking connections to a 1912 mass lynching.
The Odessa home where Nikolai Gogol wrote the second part of 'Dead Souls' is abandoned, with grass growing on the stairs and a padlock on the front door.
Living vicariously within someone else’s life – even for a few minutes a day – subtly enlarges our empathy and pushes us out of our comfort zones and preconceived notions about the world.
Heather Cox Richardson, historian of the Republican Party, says the party has always gone through cycles of bubbles and backlash.
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