The famous writer-observer of nature, Henry David Thoreau, fills the popular imagination. But have we mythologized the image of him as a recluse?
Juan Felipe Herrera is the new U.S. Poet Laureate. It is a position that has had a long life, dating back to the Greeks.
Is the syllable universal? Maybe. We look at how languages use (and don't use) syllables, and what this says about language itself.
Prior to the 18th century, children were considered little adults. It was only during the Romantic Era that the concept of childhood emerged.
Since she first came to prominence, Taylor Swift's songs have been read autobiographically.
Frank Herbert's novel Dune, the best selling science-fiction novel of all time, celebrates it's 50th birthday and is still read in innovative ways.
The language we use for people fleeing their home nations may define them as less than human.
Salvador Dail injected Surrealism into fashion magazines in the 1930s and 1940s, to lasting influence.
Debates over English spelling reform have existed for centuries.
The Times-Picayune had no choice after Katrina but to publish primarily online.