As every English teacher knows, dystopian young adult literature is on fire. Hunger Games. The Maze Runner. Divergent. Matched. Uglies. Unwind. Even older titles, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game (1985) and Lois Lowry’s The Giver (1993), have recently been turned into films, as producers have chosen to strike while the dystopian box office iron is […]

It’s Saturday morning. I’ve been up since before the sun, working my way through three sections of essays on “The Scarlet Ibis,” a gut-wrenchingly sad short story by James Hurst. For the 22nd time this morning, I read clumsy attempts of freshman brains trying to symbolically connect the crushed red body of a tropical bird […]