My Favorite Essays

Best Essays: Some of My Favorite Essays

“Second Thoughts on Certainty: Saint Jean de Brebeuf among the Hurons”—Tobias Wolff
From the Book Tremor of Bliss

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A Bag of Possibilities and Other Matters of the Mind“—Robert Fulghum
From Newsweek Fall/Winter 1990

“The Missing Ingredient”—Hernando de Soto
From the Economist 9/11/1993 p.8-12

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“Obituary:Norman Borlaug”
From the Economist 9/17/2009

“In Her Defense, I’m Sure the Moose Had It Coming”—Aaron Sorkin♥
From the Huffington Post 12/8/2010

Reflections on the Revolution in France—Edmund Burke
From Bartlebys

Nadia Popova

Conchita Citron

The Death of the Moth by Virginia Woolf

My Prison Cell: Learning to Hear on a Cardboard Piano

My Prison Cell: A War Against the Roaches

Other stuff you should read because they’re important for understanding who we are and where we come from.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

On Liberty: John Stuart Mill

Frank Sinatra’s Letter to Mike Royko


If by Rudyard Kipling—

Ulysses – Alfred Tennyson

Second Coming – William Butler Yeats

Dulce Et Decorum Est – Wilfred Owen

If We Must Die – Claude McKay

Funeral Blues – WH Auden

Do not go gentle into that goodnight


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