Please Note: Most of the following links provide unpaid access to these online publications.
Reading regularly in politics and current events will help you link your academic interests to the larger world.
- The Atlantic
- The New Yorker
- The Economist
- The Wall Street Journal
- Christian Science Monitor
- The Washington Note Blog
- Politico Blogs
- Voice of Witness
Reading literary fiction and smart cultural criticism will, over time, give you flexibility in your written, and even verbal, expression:
Well written, hip readings in contemporary culture will enrich your sense of play, possibilities, and cultural innovation. Try these top rated blogs:
A word about vocabulary. Break the habit, today, of skipping over unfamiliar terms. Look them up. There are no shortcuts to developing a sophisticated vocabulary. These online dictionaries are highly recommended:
- Cambridge Dictionaries: an elegant resource that tells you ‘what is usually meant’ by a word, and gives you an accessible example of the word in its grammatical context.
- OneLook: offers a short definition and links to other dictionaries that define the word in depth.
- Wordnik.com: this site provides a wealth of contemporary examples of a word in context, and thereby strengthens your understanding of the word. You can also hear the word pronounced, and link to a thesaurus and visual dictionary.
- Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms will help you perceive the subtlety of and distinguish between similar terms. This can be ordered online for less than $5, including shipping. Also useful is synoym, an online site that provides streamlined definitions, alongside synonyms and antonyms.