On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Matthew Mehan, director of academic programs and an assistant professor of government at Hillsdale College’s Washington D.C. campus, joins Executive Editor Joy Pullmann to discuss his children’s books “The Handsome Little Cygnet” and “Mr. Mehan’s Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals” and discuss how what a child reads shapes their soul.
“One of the civilizational hacks of a healthy society is literature actually provides a kind of simulation of experience. You don’t have to make every mistake yourself you can watch someone else make it in fiction,” Mehan said. “I wanted to dramatize the sort of perils and confusion of just engaging in and trying to trust whatever’s out there rather than think about it and think about who loves you and who cares for you and who’s got your best interests in mind and also what really do you use to guide your understanding of how to shape yourself.”
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