Discussion Guides

Big Ideas in Popular Culture

The great ideas are all around us! Across music, film, and television, popular culture is a rich source of vibrant and provocative writing on ideas central to our modern world. These three anthologies showcase some of the best short stories, poems, memoirs, essays, and journalism on popular culture topics over the last 70 years.

Imperfect Ideal

The selections in Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions illustrate the best and worst of what can happen when we attempt to mold the complex communities in which we live into our vision of a perfect state. All 23 selections in this anthology challenge readers to question how society should be structured and governed, as well as what kinds of communities are most conducive to human fulfillment, both privately and in the civic arena.