History

Novels & Human Rights Part 4: Is Reading Good or Bad? (Richardson’s Intended Effects)

Please note there is now a page to collect and organize these posts! Last week, we talked about how Samuel Richardson explicitly wanted his novel Pamela to be more realistic than its predecessors. Why? We’ve also talked about how Pamela was basically a religious book and erotica at the same time. Why did he decide to write this…… Continue reading Novels & Human Rights Part 4: Is Reading Good or Bad? (Richardson’s Intended Effects)

History · Nonfiction

Review: “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” by Steven Pinker

This is a combined summary and review of an enormous freakin’ book we read in International Relations class, based in large part on response essays I wrote. Like the book, it is super long, so I won’t be offended if you skim. I’m just saying, it’s totally faster to read this summary than read the…… Continue reading Review: “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined” by Steven Pinker