The Divine Comedy – Inferno

Among the monuments of world literature, few works have been as influential as the Divine Comedy. Dante’s compendious allegory of a journey through the world of the afterlife is significant on many levels. It established Italian as a literary language, and consolidated the position of Florentine Italian as the lingua franca of the Italian peninsula….

Lady Susan

Lady Susan is an epistolary novel by Jane Austen about a beautiful and manipulative widow scheming to arrange wealthy marriages for herself and her daughter. This book is the basis for the film Love & Friendship, written and directed by Whit Stillman, and starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. This dramatized production is presented by…

The Power of the Spoken Word

“You are now a master workman, and your tools are your words. Be sure you are building constructively.” Using affirmations to focus on improving your health, wealth, and happiness has shown to be a successful strategy in living mindfully. Florence Scovel Shinn’s work has been praised and referenced by self-improvement experts as diverse as Wayne…

Your Word Is Your Wand

“Your word is your wand. The words you speak create your own destiny.” Does this sound familiar? Florence Scovel Shinn’s work has been praised and referenced by self-improvement experts as diverse as Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay, and Norman Vincent Peale. Shinn uses affirmations and success stories of her students to illustrate the power…