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Letter to the Class of 2014

Harold Lloyd | Posted 03.04.2016 | College
Harold Lloyd

I recently sent a letter to the Class of 2014 at Wake Forest University School of Law. On the chance that it might be useful to others, I post the le...

Daily Meditation: I Am Eternal

Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

So THIS Is Where Valentines In America Come From

Joan Gage | Posted 04.16.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

Worcester, MA, the once-bustling industrial metropolis 45 minutes west of Boston, where I live, is enormously proud of its rather peculiar list of 'famous firsts', including barbed wire, shredded wheat, the monkey wrench, the birth control pill, the first perfect game in major league baseball, the first liquid-fueled rocket and the ubiquitous yellow Smiley Face icon.

Is There a Literary Lesson to Be Learned From Visiting a Writer's Home?

Daniel Grant | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

"Emily Dickinson is an overarching category that includes her writing and her biography," says Jane Wald, executive director of the Emily Dickinson Mu...

As Much Power as a Word: Fulbright and Soft Power

Tom Healy | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Tom Healy

What is soft? What is hard? What is power? Can power be created or is there a finite amount, a zero sum game that means if I have the power, you do not?

Potential: The Most Beautiful Poem Never Written

Tanya Jo Miller | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Tanya Jo Miller

It's a good time to tidy your mental closet. Toss out some rubbish. Discover some beauty, locked away. You just never know what you might find once you start housecleaning.

Remembering the One and Only Karen Black

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.12.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

An Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winner, Karen Black had a unique gift for embodying characters sliding down the razor blade of life; dark, sexy and vulnerable with unexpected comic touches, often in the throes of falling apart.

Damn the Writers

Owen Egerton | Posted 09.09.2013 | Home
Owen Egerton

We have traded in the bars and bullfights for university jobs and Netflix. We sink into credit card debt awaiting publication, then find the advance won't cover the monthly interest.

Women, Men, Refugees, UFOs and the CIA: The Places Documentary Can Go at Sheffield Doc Fest 2013

Vivian Norris | Posted 08.18.2013 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

Sitting down on the bus carrying us out through the stunning Darbyshire countryside to a cavern where we would watch an Opening Night film for the Sheffield Doc Fest, little did I know what the woman sitting next to me would come to represent for me.

Four Books Ideal for Summer

John J. Healey | Posted 07.30.2013 | Home
John J. Healey

Use the extra hours you'll gain to read a truly good book. I realize it is a novel and retro idea, but think about it. Become, as a reader, what Flaubert became as a writer.

GET VERSED With the Youth of InsideOut

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.21.2013 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

Shakespeare? Jazz? Poetry? Radio broadcasting? Vocal music? Video production? Yes, yes, and more yesses. All of these are coming soon, summer into fall, to Detroit teens through the Detroit School of Arts.

PHOTOS: 7 Impossible But Awesome Romantic Author Pairings

John J. Healey | Posted 06.30.2013 | Home
John J. Healey

As someone whose heroes are almost exclusively literary, it is hard to describe the emotions I felt discovering the love affair that occurred in the summer and fall of 1851 between Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville.

Perception and Imagination

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

Everything we need to know about love and pain is in Chagall and Gorky. That the feeling that a painting evokes is communicated by its form, color, shapes, and marks, is self-evident and explicable.

Are Schools Dumbing Down the Common Core Standards?

E. D. Hirsch, Jr. | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

The arguments against the Common Core State Standards grow ever more fierce -- as if kids' lives were already being wrecked, that useful experimentation were already being suppressed, and that schools were being forced to descend from their current level of excellence.

A Poetry App Worth a Look (and a Listen)

John Lundberg | Posted 11.16.2012 | Arts
John Lundberg

True to Hart's vision, readers can study all of the app's offerings quietly, or can call on the voice of a skilled reader. The app features a star-studded lineup, including Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, former James Bond actor Roger Moore and playwright Harold Pinter.

The Best Poems For Father's Day

Posted 06.16.2012 | Home

If you're having trouble coming up with the right words this Father's Day, let these expert wordsmiths lend theirs. We've compiled some of the most ho...

The Reading Series: Paul Legault Recreates Emily Dickinson

Alina Gregorian | Posted 08.13.2012 | Home
Alina Gregorian

To decipher Dickinson's language, the abstracted jargon of her day, requires a skill that is mostly intuitive, partly exploratory, and wholly creative. That's what Legault does.

Happy Graduation -- Now Go Out There And Fail!

Barbara & Shannon Kelley | Posted 08.04.2012 | Women
Barbara & Shannon Kelley

Here's a short list of successful women who failed famously -- and still, one way or the other, ended up on top.

The Dangers of Being a Poet

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 07.03.2012 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

Poetry is an art form that reaches into one's very being, and toys with very sensitive emotions. I believe that is why poems convey certain feelings and bring back certain memories.

A Return to Childhood: A Review of How the Heather Looks by Joan Bodger

Nicki Richesin | Posted 05.27.2012 | Parents
Nicki Richesin

How The Heather Looks by Joan Bodger delivers us from our daily routine to the magical world of English children's literature.

Poems: Five Songs of Spring

John Lundberg | Posted 05.25.2012 | Home
John Lundberg

In his "Ode to Autumn," John Keats somewhat cheekily asks the question, "Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?" Well, spring is back and singing again.

Why Mike Daisey's Fabrications Don't Bother Me

Justin Snider | Posted 05.19.2012 | Arts
Justin Snider

Mike Daisey is a man damned -- or so the blogosphere, journos and pundits the world over would have us believe. He conflated fact and fiction, and he ...

Annie Leibovitz's Surprising New Show

Posted 02.03.2012 | Arts

Photographer Annie Leibovitz is known for her captivating photographs of people, mostly celebrities. Her portraits, through spectacle, evoke the essen...

Mallika Rao

Emily Dickinson In Music: Jeff Tweedy, Carla Bruni, John Eaton And Melissa Swingle On Adapting The 181-Year-Old Poet (SLIDESHOW) | Mallika Rao | Posted 12.10.2011 | Home

Emily Dickinson was born 181 years ago today. A "nobody" in her lifetime and canonized after death, she wrote strange, affecting poems built as much b...

I'm Nobody! Who Are You?

Barbara Mossberg | Posted 02.09.2012 | Home
Barbara Mossberg

Dickinson knew she was considered a "nobody" and she defiantly took on that identity with panache: "How dreary to be Somebody." Yet she yearned to be famous, to be immortal, to matter utterly to us, to be "great, Someday."