Phillip Roth suggests we read Herman Melville’s final novel, The Confidence-Man, to understand our world. Could the book join 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale as another Trump-era classic?


ARE WE SPOILING OUR KIDS WITH TOO MUCH PRAISE?
BY JOANNA POCOCK
Psychological research shows that feedback is a necessary component in a child’s sense of self-worth. But they don’t seem to need praise in order to thrive. So are we drowning our kids in praise for no reason?

What place do praise and positive reinforcement play in a culture premised on winning? And will our kids ever learn for their own sake and not to please adults?

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HERMAN MELVILLE’S PROPHECIES
BY MATTHEW WILLS
Phillip Roth suggests we read Herman Melville’s final novel, The Confidence-Man, to understand our world. Could the book join 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale as another Trump-era classic?

THE QWERTY TRUTH
BY AMY SHEARN
Ever wonder why your keyboard is laid out that way? The answer: savvy marketing.

THE VERY CUTE PIKA IS IN TROUBLE
BY MATTHEW WILLS
What the pika, a small rodent-like mammal (and the real life inspiration for Pikachu), can teach us about climate change.

THIS GUY INVENTED THE FIRST SEARCH ENGINE
BY ALEXANDRA SAMUEL
Meet Alan Emtage. Emtage’s FTP search tool, ARCHIE, was the precursor to major internet search engines like Google. #BlackHistoryMonth

GEORGE WASHINGTON: DESCENDED FROM THE GODS?
BY YVONNE SEALE

From The Public Domain Review: What a bizarre and fanciful piece of genealogical scholarship tells us about identity in late nineteenth-century America.

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About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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