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Charles Dickens's Mysterious Childhood

Ruth Richardson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Home
Ruth Richardson

The hype about Charles Dickens's secret late-life love affair and the new movie The Invisible Woman is everywhere. But parts of Dickens's own childhood seems to have been curiously invisible too - so well-hidden that they are only now coming to light.

Rediscovering the Power of Story: One Actor, Making Magic

Monica Bauer | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts
Monica Bauer

There's a time and a place to see The Lion King, and a time and a place to sit in a small theater, inches away from a great actor, who brings you face to face with nature, red in tooth and claw.

The Goldfinch and the Art of Reading

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 03.24.2014 | Home
Dora Levy Mossanen

Ah! The joys and tribulations of being surrounded by stacks of books at my bedside, my husband's bedside, books tucked into every available nook and cranny, piled high on every tabletop and stacked double on every shelf, making it impossible to navigate around safely.

Some Like It Raw

George Heymont | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

It's easy to reach a point where one no longer wishes to attend performances of The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Handel's Messiah, or Hansel and Gretel because repetition has dulled the thrill.

Ralph Fiennes' Invisible Woman: Felicity Jones

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Invisibility is perhaps desirable if you are going to be the mistress of one of the most popular writers of all time. The story of Charles Dickens' mi...

Matthew Jacobs

The Strangest Christmas Gift Ever Given To Felicity Jones

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.23.2013 | Entertainment

Felicity Jones has starred alongside some of Hollywood's most buzzed about young actors, including Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and E...

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

Clark Power | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Clark Power

In Scrooge's comfortable moral world, parents are responsible for their "own" children. The Ghost of Christmas Present reveals that these wretched children belong to him and to us all. "They are Man's." These are our children, and we are all responsible for their future, which is ours.

The Five Days of Christmas: Gifts for America

Brad Harrington | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
Brad Harrington

I know what you're thinking. Isn't the song called "The Twelve Days of Christmas"? Yes, but again this year, I'm getting started with only five shoppi...

What Christmas Means to Me

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lillie Leonardi

In this lifetime, I have learned that Christmas magic is powerful, but the power in our hearts is even more magical.  Our ability to love one another, to renew our faith and bring hope into our lives and the lives of others, are the greatest of gifts to bestow and receive.

Alice -- Wotcha! Gotcha! Alice?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.17.2014 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

Wotcha! Gotcha!, a very British style of pantomime (or panto), is all set to delight and entertain audiences at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, N.J., this week. I had the opportunity to chat with producer/writer Gareth Jones.

What Makes a City Great?

Martin Kleinman | Posted 02.17.2014 | New York
Martin Kleinman

Perhaps, our New York pride prevents some of us from admitting much of what de Blasio shone his harsh light upon during his campaign.

First Nighter: Five-Actor Christmas Carol, One-Actor-Singer Love, Linda, Four-Actor Handle With Care

David Finkle | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

I left two hours and a few minutes later all but convinced I'd just seen the best adaptation of the Charles Dickens seasonal classic I'd ever seen.

ACT's Christmas Carol Delivers Energy and Scale but Little Heart

Leo Stutzin | Posted 02.16.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Familiar lines alone don't re-create the magical, morality-driven adventure that Charles Dickens published in 1843, and left to the ages. That narrative flickers between bright and bleak aspects of human experience, both personal and social.

Before Anyone Has a Cow Over Christmas...

Kimann Schultz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Kimann Schultz

My question is this: Where is the Spirit of Christmas in aggressively posited greetings, especially when done with the intention not to spread good will but to antagonize?

Theater: Daniel Kitson Returns; Musical "Oliver!" Needs More

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

It's a good-natured show brimming with some of the shakiest British accents this side of Dick Van Dyke. But the musical numbers by Lionel Bart couldn't be catchier and it's one of the handsomest productions the Papermill has ever created.

Stage Door: A Christmas Carol

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.28.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Dickens, a fierce critic of the Victorian class system and the treatment of the poor, marries social realism to sentimentality here. It succeeds in this crisp rendition because Scrooge's ethical awakening isn't forced.

JFK and the Unspeakable as a 'Comic' Book -- A Good Thing?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.26.2014 | Home
Jerry Ashton

One man in particular feels that what has been missing to this point has been a rendering of a major book in graphic novel. That person is Seth Reuben Jacobson, co-author along with the illustrator, Oliver Hine.

The Goldfinch Is a Masterpiece

Paul LaRosa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Paul LaRosa

I just finished reading what I believe is the novel of the year -- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

Ralph Fiennes Takes On Charles Dickens In New Biopic

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.23.2013 | Entertainment

Those enamored by 19th-century literary entanglements will go ga-ga for "The Invisible Woman." The movie shines a light on some forgotten Charles Dick...

Dickens' Mistress Meets Belle at Toronto 2013

Erica Abeel | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Two things about the Toronto Film Festival. Nobody cares about or notices anything except the films. The other thing? The stupefying scope and variety of the films on tap.

Chicago, Carnivals & Cows: "Welcome to the 30"

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 10.02.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Among its many firsts, the Chicago World's Fair featured the first Ferris Wheel and the midway layout has become a standard for carnivals. These days the burlesque shows are gone and most freak shows too, but midways remain hotspots for carnivals games and ride.

Innocence and Expectation

Cherie Desai | Posted 10.01.2013 | Home
Cherie Desai

Great Expectations, the television miniseries made in 2011, was one of those few, rare films which I enjoyed as much as the book. Dicken's storytelling has a quality that cannot be put on screen, but the main characters were cleverly translated.

Writer to Writer: A Conversation with Andrew Gross

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.01.2013 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Andrew Gross is the best-selling author of many thrillers including The Blue Zone, Eyes Wide Open, Don't Look Twice, 15 Seconds, and his latest novel, No Way Back.

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shaul Wertheimer

While numerous joyous events took place on Tu B'Av, it may seem a bit strange that our sages relate that no other day even comes close.

Writer-to Writer: A Talk With Simon Toyne

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Simon Toyne is the author of the highly acclaimed Sanctus trilogy. Simon graduated from Goldsmith's College in London with a degree in English and Drama. He worked in British television for nearly 20 years as a producer. I