entertainment and education
The bitter lessons of unbridled freedom
The older generation of Russians suffered terribly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Rediscovering a great 19th century novelist
How many of us would know the novels of Anthony Trollope if it weren’t for the BBC?
The Sense of Style
A controversial Harvard psychologist wants people to ... write better.
Principalities and Powers: Spiritual Combat 1942-1943
World War II as a campaign against evil by defenders of the good.
Ten novels to make you passionate about history
Our suggestions for the best in historical fiction.
Driving to Nebraska: Cinema, human dignity, and the elderly
At times, cinema succeeds where philosophy fails.
To edit, or not to edit your child’s playlist
Plato was right: music has a serious effect on us.
Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend
An affecting memoir by Nelson Mandela's jailer.
Vale, Robin Williams, Hollywood’s melancholy funnyman
Why do we feel so moved by the death of a man we've never met?
The global race to reinvent the state
Two journalists from The Economist want to “fix Leviathan” through efficiency and better management.
Does sex have a purpose?
On the answer to this question depends the future of marriage and the family.
Is this the most miserable place on earth?
A Polish journalist hitchhikes along Russia's remote Kolyma Highway.
The tactics of the “beautiful game”
Here's your style guide to 30 days of the World Cup
A country priest, a Norwegian heroine, an American lady: bookmarks
MercatorNet contributors talk about books that have changed the way they see the world.
The Fault in Our Stars
Romance, caring, philosophy -- this novel-to-screen teen sensation has it all. Perhaps too much.
10 life lessons from Navy Seal in charge of bin Laden raid
This may just be the best commencement address ever!
Hopefully, literally, begs the question: the three most annoying misuses in English
Prescriptivist? Grammar fascist? You bet!
Who is running higher education?
The silly season of graduation ceremonies is a touchstone of the state of higher education in the US.
Chaos in Calgary
Like many other places, Alberta's finest university turns a blind eye to binge drinking. It's not a good idea.
In a culture of relativism, some things remain unchangeable, contends a MercatorNet contributor in her recent book.
The first in a series about books which changed how our contributors see the world.
Charlie Chaplin: born in rags, destroyed by riches
Peter Akroyd's biography reveals the tormented tyrant behind the creative genius.
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