At left is the suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the The Beatles' Abbey Road album, which sold at auction for $46,000 at the Braswell Galleries in Norwalk, Conn, on Jan. 1.
I worry that in an era of stressed resources for schools and increased emphasis on uniform academic testing, field trips might fall victim to slashed budgets and school reform. As I saw, they can spark critical thinking better than conventional classroom instruction.
Could a willingness to read more widely and deeply make Americans more open to each other, more willing to embrace difference?
For some people, the new year arrives when the ball drops in Times Square. But for this devoted book lover, it's not 2014 till that first copyright page says so.
Clifton Fadiman released 'The Lifetime Reading Plan,' his rankings of the world's greatest books, in 1960.
No one sends you letters any more? Try recent collections of correspondence by Willa Cather, George Orwell, Henry David Thoreau, and others.
John James Audubon's 'The Birds of America' has a list price of $350, but the beautiful illustrations easily justify the price.
President Obama made headlines when he steered clear of the Vineyard Haven bookstore Bunch of Grapes during his recent visit to the island. Maybe his absence wasn't a political statement – it could be that he just wanted to keep his reading preferences quiet.
John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson – many of America's presidents were avid readers, and that informed their decisions. It gave them critical perspective. Americans should be curious about the reading habits of President Obama and Mitt Romney.
Thoreau is one of technological innovation's most famous critics. But there’s a different side to Thoreau’s relationship with technology that says a lot about our own continuing struggle to strike the right balance between individual serenity and an interconnected planet.