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Charles Dickens

Rule Britannia!

George Heymont | Posted 01.28.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Many point to William Shakespeare as England's (as well as the world's) greatest dramatist. Others choose to identify the Victorian era as producing some of England's greatest literature.

The Political Pundit Who Makes the Most Sense Today Died In 1950: George Orwell

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 01.25.2016 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

In essay after essay -- skip most of the fiction; he's no master -- Orwell writes clean, satisfying prose, what he liked to think of as "prose like a windowpane." These essays mattered then. If you can connect some dots, you'll see they matter now.

There Is A Fruitcake On The Moon

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 01.06.2016 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

According to an old French proverb, Rome was not built in a day. So, you're going to think I'm totally off the wall, but I believe that the same can ...

The Science Behind Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Scott Santens | Posted 12.21.2015 | Science
Scott Santens

Studies show that as a person grows in wealth, they lose empathy for their fellow man. This is also directly tied in with inequality, because as someone climbs a curve exhibiting exponential growth, that person will have exponentially fewer peers.

Scrooge and Ghosts of Christmas Retail

David Sable | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
David Sable

Who better to skewer one of the most heinous digibabble obfuscations of our time -- instant delivery -- than Dickens... And when better to do it than during "holiday" time?

This Finally Explains Why Scrooge Is Such A Scrooge

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 12.06.2015 | Entertainment

After nearly two centuries, we may finally know where humbugs come from. Scrooge is a name that's become synonymous with being a curmudgeon. He's gre...

Giving Thx

Kimann Schultz | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Kimann Schultz

Comical, colorful, picturesque and grand as is our land, turkeys are the unsung swans of the open fields. They chirp melodically and their guttural cacophony we have immortalized with the famously phoneticized "gobble, gobble, gobble."

"Clever Little Lies:" A Droll New Dramedy at Westside Theatre

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.13.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

In Clever Little Lies, every line hits hard. Playwright Joe DiPietro has no mercy as he portrays a cheating husband whose child-obsessed wife coddles her baby with the new-age spirit and energy that make parents dreadful company these days.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's Oliver!; A Full-Tilt Entertaining Local Musical Experience

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 09.29.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

Tacoma Musical Playhouse's latest production Oliver! is a tribute to what can be done locally when a classic gem of a show is produced at an excellent venue with great talent.

Should I Start Lying About My Age?

Warren Adler | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Warren Adler

I notice the difference immediately after my most casual face-to-face social revelation of the "number" -- even if it is merely a reminder to my friends and my children. The change in expression is immediate, and the processing in the receiver's brain, while subliminal, is obvious.

11 Big Fat Debut Novels to Keep You Reading All Summer

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

While the classics have always had a reputation for intimidating length (Tolstoy, Dickens, I'm looking at you), we are now living in the era of an entirely new trend: the big, fat, juicy debut novel.

Everything I Ever Learnt, I Learnt From Reading

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Hannah Lamarque

If there's one thing I know for sure, it's what makes a good book. Sure, I haven't written any of my own any time lately but I sure have read a lot.

Great Opening Lines

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Though written in diverse styles, varying tenses and with different points of view, these first few sentences or paragraphs penned by immensely gifted authors have much more in common than just superb writing.

Satyajit Ray's Aparajito

Francis Levy | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

When you see the second of Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy, Aparajito (The Unvanquished, 1957), currently being revived in repertoire at Film Forum, you think first of Bergman.

My Top 6 Lovable Literary Liars

Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

My belief in Dahlia as a character came from the fact that I, too, have enjoyed reading about liars in novels. They are some of my favorite characters, and lying is one of the more fascinating parts of the human condition.

The Spirit and Roots of Generosity and Miserliness

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Generosity is a state of mind that goes beyond the possession of money and material goods and relates to feelings of abundance from positive connections. To own an authentic sense of generosity is a gift we give ourselves.

"Rain on the Dead:" A Talk With Jack Higgins

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.01.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Jack Higgins is one of the best-selling authors of popular fiction in the world. He is often considered the architect of the modern thriller. His breakthrough novel, The Eagle Has Landed, written in 1975, sold more than 50 million copies.

Christmas Is a Holiday Cracker on the Beach!

Tristan Welch | Posted 02.24.2015 | Taste
Tristan Welch

Once the goose is fully cooked, take the bird out of the oven and let rest for 20 minutes in a warm place in the kitchen. Be sure to reserve the juices in the oven tray to use as a rich sauce.

The Story of Young Santa

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

The magic of Christmas lies in ritual. For me it's reading a Yuletide tale. As a child the ritual was my carefully handwritten letters to Santa, and...

The Ghost of Christmas Present: Who Will Care for Our Children This Christmas?

Clark Power | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Clark Power

What should haunt us all this Christmas is not the wretched sight of Ignorance and Want, but the question that Scrooge poses to the Ghost -- "Spirit are they yours?" In Scrooge's moral world, parents are responsible for their "own" children.

North Shore Music Theatre's a Christmas Carol Proves Dickens Tale Still Resonates

Peter Mac | Posted 02.18.2015 | Arts
Peter Mac

went to see the perennial stage version at Bill Haney's North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT). Now in its 24th year! Once again I was blown away by the high caliber of theater that the adorable Mr. Hanney and his company have assembled.

3 Holiday Giving Tips From Ebenezer Scrooge

Steven Crandell | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

When Scrooge casts off his mean and greedy persona, he embraces giving and turns his constrained life into a celebration.

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol Makes the Jump From Beloved Holiday Special to Broadway

Jim Hill | Posted 02.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Here's a challenge for all of you Christmas trivia buffs out there: Name the first-ever animated holiday special produced especially for television.

Jacob: A Poem and an Homage

Kimann Schultz | Posted 02.09.2015 | Fifty
Kimann Schultz

To know me is to know that my founding literary idol is Charles Dickens, to whom my collection is dedicated and for whom the introductory poem of my book was written

Woman With a Gun: A Talk With Phillip Margolin

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.01.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In Woman With a Gun, obsessed with finding answers, Stacey learns the woman in the photograph was suspected of having killed her millionaire husband on their wedding night, but the 10-year-old murder remains unsolved.