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'To Be Or Not To Be': That Was Our Poll Question

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.23.2014 | Books

William Shakespeare would have turned 450 on Wednesday. In honor of his birthday, a HuffPost/YouGov poll posed some of his most memorable questions to...

What Dreams May Come, or Feelin' Drowsy

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

This winter, I developed an odd napping habit. As I described to my doctor, this new habit is different from my lifelong affection for the pleasures of plush pillows, soft blankets and high thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets (preferably Italian, if we're sharing pillow talk).

Hamlet, Faustus and Luther: Founts of Hilarity in Wittenberg

Leo Stutzin | Posted 06.14.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Friendly antagonists: Dan Hiatt, right, as the pious Martin Luther, Michael Stevenson as the irreverent Doctor Faustus Alas, poor Hamlet! Metho...

Alas Poor Yorick

Mr. Fish | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Mr. Fish

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Shakespeare Rises Again on the Eve of His 450th Birthday

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 06.05.2014 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

With Easter approaching, I have been thinking of our own secular god, William Shakespeare, whose life remains shrouded in mystery, not unlike that of Jesus.

A Good Story Is Disturbing

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

No matter how beautifully written or "literary," a novel resonates deeply because the storyline tugs powerfully at us. It upsets, confounds and presents chaos, conflict, imbalance and upheaval -- either within its character's mind or circumstances.

'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead'... Again

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Tom Stoppard's first big hit starred two unlikely heroes — a pair of insignificant characters lifted from "Hamlet." "R...

Save the Father, Save the World

Graham Milne | Posted 03.09.2014 | Entertainment
Graham Milne

In the theater, I felt in my soul that primal need of Travers to do right by her dad. To save him. And a tear escaped my eye, as it did hers.

The Conscience of the King

Bruce Helander | Posted 02.28.2014 | Arts
Bruce Helander

Tony Scherman is a painter's painter, because other painters who paint with a seriousness of purpose immediately recognize in his distinctive work a high command of skill, idiosyncratic maturity, captivating inventiveness, and an obvious love of picture-making.

An Honest Ghost: A Novel by Rick Whitaker

Filip Noterdaeme | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Filip Noterdaeme

Taken out of their original context and ingeniously recycled into a mosaic of quotations, these sentences now tell a compelling new story that, according to the author, bears a close resemblance to his own life.

Hamlet or A Stop at Willoughby

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Tolstoy famously told Chekhov "your plays are almost as bad as Shakespeare's, Anton Pavlovich." Which brings up the question of the A Stop at Willough...

President Obama and the Moses Generation

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

It is becoming increasingly clear that President Obama is unlikely to set foot in the Promised Land. If we ever get there, it will be on someone else's watch.

Shakespeare, Shakespeare & More of the Same?

Cara Joy David | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I've seen over half a dozen Macbeths over the course of my career. We're going to have Romeo and Juliet running off-Broadway the same time it is running on Broadway. I'm often asked: Why? Yes, they are Shakespeare classics. But do people really want to see them again and again?

The Curse of Indecision

Francis Levy | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Francis Levy

Hamlet was notoriously indecisive. He wasn't sure whether it was best to live or die, but lots of people waffle about lesser issues. One of them is w...

Hamlet and President Obama: Strange Bedfellows

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Politicians may come and go, but Hamlet is a true Renaissance Man, one for the ages.

School's Back in Session With William Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss

Rachel Braun Scherl | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Rachel Braun Scherl

And then I saw it -- Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss. Now, I have read this book about 1,000 times -- as a kid, to my kids. But as our daughter starts her first day of college, I read its bright, cheerful pages with new eyes.

Thug Notes Gets Real With 'Of Mice and Men'

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Comedy

In this continuing, and surprisingly sophisticated, critical examination of classic literature with Sparky Sweets, PhD, Thug Notes gets your laugh and...

We Gettin' Regal With Hamlet

Posted 08.13.2013 | Comedy

This week on Thug Notes, Sparky Sweets, PhD discusses Shakespeare's "Hamlet," A.K.A. that time things got whack in the Kingdom of Elsinore. Analyzi...

On, Wisconsin! And the World Premiere at Victory Gardens

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 09.25.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

I'm not sure what All My Sons has in common with Antony and Cleopatra, or Molly Sweeney with Dickens in America; but the first four plays of the American Players Theatre season in Spring Green, Wisconsin, were clearly chosen with cross-referencing in mind.

All The Word's A Stage... Literally

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 09.15.2013 | Arts

LONDON — Shakespeare's Globe theater is about to take the Bard's words literally – "All the world's a stage." The London theater announce...

Interview: Terence Stamp and Unfinished Song

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At 74, his eyes are still exceptionally blue and a little bit mischievous. He sits calmly, listens to a question about how often he is offered roles like the one he plays in Unfinished Song, and smiles.

Torah and Superstition: Parashat Balak

Rabbi Sara N.S. Meirowitz | Posted 08.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Sara N.S. Meirowitz

Beginning in medieval times, modern Jews have understood the Torah to be monotheistic, testifying that only one God exists. But it might be more accurate to say that the Torah is monolatrous -- that multiple Gods exist, but we choose to worship only one of them.

Attending My 30th High School Reunion as a Diagnosed Psychotic

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 08.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert David Jaffee

Mental illness, like Hamlet, who may or may not be the only sane person in the play, is mysterious and paradoxical. And psychosis works the way nightmares do, by metaphor and symbolism. Delusions often stand in for something else.

Is Leo The Next 'Hamlet'?

Posted 05.08.2013 | Entertainment

With two days until the release of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," the eccentric director may be already planning his next project with frequent co...

Michele Bachmann Fumbles Famous Line

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

While speaking on the House floor Friday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) tried to impress her colleagues by pulling out a famous quotation, but inste...