Why is it so hard to find literary protagonists in the Great Books of fiction who can be relied upon for their virtue? If it's challenging to find characters to model ourselves entirely after, are we maybe reading for the wrong reasons? Adam contemplates this question of virtue and morality in literature, and the very reason for literature, in this episode of LitBits.
We were recently asked when it is appropriate to stop reading aloud and start making children read on their own. In reply, Adam shares the history of reading aloud in the Andrews family
Last January we changed our logo for the first time since the founding of the company in 2004. Why did we choose a pelican, you ask? Isn't that a little weird for a literature company? In this LitBits, Adam gives the reasons behind our decision, and also introduces some features of the new arm of CenterForLit that we rolled out with the logo: The Pelican Society.
Adam talks about why C.S. Lewis is one of his favorite authors, and reflects on what he has learned during a life of reading his work.
LitBits Episode 2 has arrived! This time Adam tackles the big question laying behind all we do here at CenterForLit: why do we read? Without an answer to this question, nothing we do matters. In a world where more and more focus is being placed on skill and career-oriented education, why should anyone pick up a novel when they could increase their knowledge-base with a textbook? What is the deal with the human obsession for story? Is literature an unnecessary relic of the past?