“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”— Frank Herbert Beginning. Middle. Ending. In a good book, all three rush by and you turn that final page satisfied, disappointed, or wanting more. Today marks the end of Education & Culture. The beginning was unexpected, Read More
According to Alison Gopnik, we tend to think of parenting like carpentry: you start with a project, gather materials, then measure and cut and trim and fasten and polish to that end. But raising children is more like gardening: creating conditions for life to unfold and flourish according to its own pattern. What emerges may surprise you. • In contrast Margaux Bergen offers parental wisdom with a remarkably gentle and generous touch. Calm, sensible, and no-nonsense, Bergen advises with affection but not sentimentality. While we cannot know or control what’s next, we can face it well, with a strong cup of tea, an organized desk, and as many good relationships as we have virtue and discipline to tend.
If Briant’s First European has a goal in mind, it’s a revival of Montesquieu’s 1748 Spirit of the Laws. Insofar as there is a standard account of the evolving view of Alexander, it usually begins with the strong portrait offered by late Antiquity. Arrian and Quintus Curtius—and especially Plutarch—painted portraits of Alexander that were highly moralized…