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Treacherous Hospitality in the 'Game of Thrones' -- And Western Lit

James Heffernan | Posted 09.07.2014 | Books
James Heffernan

From Homer to George R.R. Martin, literature is fascinated with all the ways in which hosts and guests can betray each other.

The Power of Old Books

Tom Morris | Posted 08.30.2014 | Books
Tom Morris

If you read what everyone else is reading, you'll be thinking what everyone else is thinking, and that may lead to your doing what everyone else is doing.

J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Beowulf Translation Is Finally Being Released

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 03.20.2014 | Books

About 90 years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien translated the 11th-century Old English epic poem "Beowulf" and then put it on the shelf. It remained there unpubli...

Thug Notes Throws Down On Another Classic

Posted 09.24.2013 | Comedy

In this week's episode of "Thug Notes," Sparky Sweets, PhD analyzes Beowulf, the story of a prideful man-beast who sometimes acts chill, but sometimes...

Is This The Place Where Beowulf Slew Grendel?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

The Old English epic poem "Beowulf" is partly based on a real hall unearthed in a small town in Denmark, according to archeologists. The poem is be...

5 Unsolved Literary Mysteries

Posted 05.23.2013 | Books

Taken from The Things That Nobody Knows: 501 Mysteries of Life, the Universe and Everything ($14.95, Atlantic Books, distributed in the U.S. by Trafal...

The Most Badly Bungled Classic Book-To-Film Adaptations | Posted 06.20.2011 | Books

The wacky, flatulent 3-D family comedy version of Gulliver’s Travels hits DVD today, and no doubt all of you Jonathan Swift fans have already picked...

Getting Slizzard: HuffPost Readers Pick Best Drinking Scenes In Literature (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In "Macbeth," Macduff famously asks, "What three things does drink especially provoke?" To which the porter replies, "Marry, sir, nose-painting, slee...

On the Culture Front: Beowulf at Joe's Pub, The Housemaid, and the New York International Fringe Festival

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage is the kind of piece that's ripe for a cult following, so it'd be great to see it land a residency somewhere in the city.

Mother's Day: 12 Of The Most Horrifying Mothers In Literature (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz and Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

On Mother's Day, nothing will make you want to celebrate your mom more than these horrifying mothers of literature. While we might have pouted over th...

Outlander: Somehow, Unfortunately, Low-Budget Beowulf + Aliens Isn't Awesome

Alex Remington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Alex Remington

I criticized the Korean monster flick The Host as a movie that understood its genre but didn't add much of its own. The same can be said of Howard Mc...

The Lords of The Fly

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The production contained some pre-requisites for the medium -- a tragic storyline that centered around love, sex and three principles, making it a theoretical candidate for an operatic treatment.

Beowulf Review: The New York Times Can't Resist Angelina Jolie Naked

New York Times | MANOHLA DARGIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

You don't need to wait for Angelina Jolie to rise from the vaporous depths naked and dripping liquid gold to know that this "Beowulf" isn't your high ...

Hillary Clinton's Last Hurrah

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

The final syllables Clinton's campaign echo in the winds of history in the form of a curious series of statements that combine to form the "last hurrah" of her now-passé political era.

"Beowulf" Slays The Weekend Box Office

AP | Gary Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The animated telling of "Beowulf," who rids a Danish kingdom of the feared beast Grendel, slew the box office over the weekend, giving a huge boost to...

"Beowulf" Is "Postmodern Fun" In 3-D Performance Capture

Hollywood Reporter via Reuters | Kirk Honeycutt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

What have they done to "Beowulf," everyone's least favorite Old English epic about a hero's battles with a monster, the monster's mother and an annoyi...

Beowulf Review Round-Up: Jaw-Dropping Technology And Naked Angelina Almost Make It A Winner

Huffington Post | Katherine Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The new version of "Beowulf", Robert Zemeckis' $150 million performance-capture extravaganza is the most anticipated movie of the weekend, and for tec...

Beowulf Review: AP Says "Beowulf Could Be Paris Hilton"

AP | CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

The name "Beowulf" alone surely will inspire painful memories of high-school English class and pangs of dread. Never fear. This 3-D animated "Beowulf...

Beowulf Review: "A Lot More Fun" Than The Poem

USA Today | Claudia Puig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Beowulf couldn't be less faithful to the original epic poem, and that's actually a good thing for moviegoers. It's a lot more fun than the mythic adv...

Beowulf Review: "Holy ****ing Moly"

Cinematical | Scott Weinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Part I: The Presentation Holy ****ing moly. I've simply never seen anything like it. IMAX 3-D and a movie that was tailor-made for this kind of prese...

Beowulf Review: "Some Of The Dialogue Sounds Like Monty Python"

Chicago Sun Times | Roger Ebert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Variety reports that Paramount has entered "Beowulf" in the Academy Awards' best animated film category, which means nothing is really there, realisti...

Beowulf Review: "Highly Entertaining - But Far From Classic"

NY Post | Lou Lumenick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

In this lusty Hollywood version, Beowulf rises to the throne of Denmark after striking a Faustian bargain with Grendel's mom, only to pay an awful pri...

Beowulf Review: Variety Calls Epic "Sometimes Stirring But Ultimately Soulless"

Variety | Justin Chang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Further advancing the much-vaunted performance-capture technology he unleashed with "The Polar Express," director Robert Zemeckis delivers a muscular,...

Beowulf In A Fight With Itself

LA Times | John Horn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

It's as close as moviegoers will ever get to being Brad Pitt: the chance to hang out with Angelina Jolie (or a digitally manipulated version of the ac...

Beowulf Review: "A Singular Work Of Art"

IGN | Todd Gilchrist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Robert Zemeckis' new film Beowulf offers a powerful reminder of how far we've come, and perhaps have yet to go, in the ever-expanding world of special...