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“I’ll Be Back”: The New Classics and Cultural Literacy

The other night my family watched the original Die Hard movie. To me it feels like a classic, one of those movies that you need to know to be culturally literate. Then it struck me how much things have changed. When I was a teenager, the classic movies were Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Singin’ …

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The Gift of Mortality, Part II—Choosing to Die

J.R.R. Tolkien gave his Men the “gift” of mortality. They could die, unlike the Elves, whose lives were connected to Middle Earth itself. As I wrote in a previous blog, Tolkien thought that mortality was a blessing given to his Men. Because their lives were finite, Men could live big and bright—they would never die …

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