10 Must-Read Books of the Last Decade

From Cormac McCarthy to N.T. Wright, a few essential reads for your summer list.

When I was writing my book David and Goliath, I went to see a woman in Winnipeg by the name of Wilma Derksen.

Thirty years before, her teenage daughter, Candace, had disappeared on her way home from school. The city had launched the largest manhunt in its history, and after a week, Candace’s body was found in a hut a quarter of a mile from the Derksen’s house. Her hands and feet had been bound. Read More


12 Essential Bonhoeffer Quotes

The famed theologian's birthday would have been this week, so here's some of his timeless wisdom. Read More

10 C.S. Lewis Quotes That Show He Was Ahead of His Time

50 years after his death, Oxford’s lion roars on. Read More

This morning, JK Rowling published a new short story about a 34-year-old Harry Potter with "threads of silver" in his black hair—our first Rowling-led trip back to the world of the Boy Who Lived in ages. She published it on Harry Potter fansite Pottermore, so you can't read it unless you have a subscription, but if you're the sort of person who's losing it over this news, you're already a part of Pottermore. In fact, you probably aren't even reading this anymore and have already printed and decopauged the new story to glue onto your locker. The story is written from the perspective of Rita Skeeter, Hogwarts' version of TMZ, and takes place at a Quidditch tournament. Tragically, there is [spoiler alert] no mention of a resurrected Dobby ... Discuss


10 Must-Read Books of the Last Decade

From Cormac McCarthy to N.T. Wright, a few essential reads for your summer list. Read More

Few shows did as much as Reading Rainbow to make television something better than the brain rot it always threatened to be in the '90s. Along with visionaries like Mr. Rogers and the Children's Television Workshop, Levar Burton wanted to use TV as a tool to sharpen children instead of dull them, and Reading Rainbow ended up being one of the most beautiful examples of just what television could be. Burton's Reading Rainbow iPad app launched a couple years ago, looking to take his idea to a new generation of devices, but now he wants to go one step further: a web-based television show that comes with a curriculum for teachers and classroom use. Oh, and he wants to make it completely free.

It's a tall order, but it's a worthy cause, and he's launched a Kickstarter to help get the idea off the ground. He wants to raise a million dollars, which would be no mean feat, but if ever there was a just Kickstarter, this is it. And he's offering some pretty cool rewards to donators (for a mere $600, you can get a 10-minute Skype chat with Burton himself). There's a lot more to the idea, and you can read about it all here. But you don't have to take our word for it ...

Update: Well, that was easy. In less than 24 hours, Levar Burton's Kickstarter campaign reached its million dollar goal. Reading Rainbow is coming back! Discuss