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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.

A Farewell to Arms (1929): Giving Thanks...

Joseph Cooper | Posted 01.24.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

One wonders how Frederic Henry would handle the job of evacuating wounded from Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan, 85 years after he was deployed to the World War One Italian front as an ambulance driver, by Ernest Hemingway, in A Farewell to Arms.

The Books We're Thankful For

The New York Public Library | Posted 01.24.2015 | Books
The New York Public Library

When it comes to Thanksgiving, librarians enjoy pumpkin pie and the Thanksgiving Day Parade as much as the next person. But it should come as no surprise that for the librarians at The New York Public Library, one of the things they're most thankful for are books.

Flesh and Blood: A Fascinating Talk With Patricia Cornwell

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 01.12.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Patricia Cornwell is the internationally bestselling and award-winning author of 33 books, the most famous and widely read being the 22 novels of the "Kay Scarpetta" series.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 4: Comparing the Jewish Protests of Klinghoffer with the Gay Protests of Cruising and by ACT UP

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the case of Klinghoffer, as in the case of Cruising, the bottom lines for me are simple. I am concerned about some of the rhetoric and tactics of some gay radicals, but I am a lot more concerned about homophobia.

How A Near-Death Experience Inspired Bill Maher's Executive Producer To Write His Latest Play

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.21.2014 | Religion

One can only avoid life's big questions for so long. And when writer Scott Carter finally faced those questions, the result was the creation of his...

Jaweed Kaleem

What Jefferson, Dickens And Tolstoy Can Teach Us About Exploring The Big Questions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.31.2014 | Religion

In 1804, over three consecutive evenings, President Thomas Jefferson completed a private spiritual project. Using the King James Bible, he took a penk...

New Play 'Discord' Is Like Your Philosophy 101 Class, But Funnier

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts

At some point in our lives, we've all asked ourselves the same two questions: "Why are we here?" and "Does God exist?" Scott Carter's new play "Dis...

It's Raining Goals

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.17.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

We can't help but feel we're watching the last vestiges of the two big European colonization waves from the early 15th to early 20th centuries.

Suspicion: A Talk with Joseph Finder

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Joseph Finder has a background every thriller novelist would love to have. He spent his early childhood living around the world.

"Scrooge, Don Draper, and Patrick Bateman Walk Into a Bar... "

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Joseph A. Domino

Early Scrooge and Draper appear "normal" enough, if unsavory, to be representative of mainstream society, yet we are aware of a low-grade pathology at work. Bateman would drive off the cliff, laughing maniacally.

The Most Literate Generation: Wattpad & the Power of Social Reading

Ondi Timoner | Posted 06.02.2014 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

The next time you hear someone say "no one reads anymore," show them Wattpad. With more than 20 million users, Wattpad is the world's largest community for readers and writers, and to the consternation of traditional publishing -- entirely free.