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Shakespeare's Heroes and Heroines Live On Forever, Like Them or Not

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.20.2016 | Home
Robert David Jaffee

Shakespeare has an infinite variety. His plays have lasted 400 years since his passing. May they play on forever in new heaven, new earth!

Yahrzeit for Professor Benjamin Harshav, Jewish Literary Sage

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.20.2016 | Home
Robert David Jaffee

The Hebrew Bible begins with the phrase, "Bereshit," which means "in the beginning." Benjamin Harshav, who passed away at 86 on April 23, 2015, rough...

Harold and Leopold

Francis Levy | Posted 02.24.2017 | Home
Francis Levy

Leopold Bloom is one of the most famous characters in literature, a modern day Odysseus, wandering through Dublin and living with a case of impotence ...

ISIS Does Not Have God on Its Side

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 11.19.2016 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

We might all curse ISIS right now. The terrorist group has not only perverted its religion; it has perverted the traditions of the Arabic people, a once-glorious set of civilizations that preceded Islam.

The Anxiety of Intellect

Francis Levy | Posted 10.23.2016 | Home
Francis Levy

You usually associate street smarts with some one who knows how to negotiate in business. Donald Trump apparently considers this ability to be a top of the line requirement for statesmanship and something which qualifies him to be president of the United States.

The Daemon Knows that Harold Bloom Is a Genius

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.11.2016 | Home
Robert David Jaffee

Learning how to read and appreciate imaginative literature takes years, exemplifies the importance of delayed gratification. It may help us succeed on this planet. It may lead to or underlie the wisdom of the ages. But can it give us what Harold Bloom, the nonpareil reader and literary critic, terms the "blessing of more life"?

Classroom Aesthetics: Not the "Art of Teaching" - Teaching As Art

Rick Ayers | Posted 06.18.2016 | Education
Rick Ayers

Sometimes the magic and beauty of the classroom, the soaring beyond simple skills and content, happens in the most unexpected ways. At these moments, we are experiencing a kind of performance art in the classroom.

Happy Birthday, Harold Bloom, Giant of the Canon!

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.09.2014 | Home
Robert David Jaffee

For decades, Harold Bloom, the most eminent literary critic of our time, has taught a seminar at Yale, titled "Shakespeare & Originality." The class ...

Shakespeare Rises Again on the Eve of His 450th Birthday

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 06.05.2014 | Home
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.

The Influence of Anxiety

Francis Levy | Posted 09.30.2013 | Home
Francis Levy

Harold Bloom wrote a famous book called The Anxiety of Influence. The subject was really the weight the past holds over the present. Eliot also wrote ...

The Banning of Harry Potter

Deji Olukotun | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Deji Olukotun

Harry Potter is now the most banned book in America, according to the American Library Association. But these books have taught children to read, to think, to write and to criticize, all hallmarks of free expression.

Incredible Posters Of Famous Literary Quotes

Posted 07.11.2012 | Arts

New York-based graphic designer Evan Robertson has created a charming series of literary posters based on quotes by famous authors. He takes clever ph...

Suggestions for Shakespeare Lovers

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
Robert David Jaffee

Harold Bloom, the greatest literary critic of our time, has accrued so much wisdom because he is our foremost reader with a deep, deep love for poetry. Sadly, many of the comments on my last piece showed me that a number of people lack the wisdom of Bloom.

Classic Literature Isn't Dead: No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 06.03.2012 | Home
Isabel Kaplan

Now, you might ask: What does the number of times the word "because" appears in a given work tell us about whether or not an author was influenced by classic literature? Nothing. The conclusions presented in the paper would be laughable -- if they weren't being taken seriously.

Literature As Legacy: Writing Across The Generational Divide

Laura Paull | Posted 04.25.2012 | San Francisco
Laura Paull

Literature as a creator of dialogues that deepen and explore the dynamic between different generations is a theme of a multi-day event at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center his weekend, through Tuesday, Feb. 28.

A Danielewski Halloween

Tom Teicholz | Posted 12.27.2011 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

On Halloween this year, for one night only, Mark Z. Danielewski will conduct a staged reading with shadow puppets and musical accompaniment of his Halloween-set story, The Fifty Year Sword.

The Essential Jewish Canon

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 11.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

What follows is the list of what I consider to be the most essential works (available in English) to engender or enhance Jewish literacy for the present generation.

The Help: Redemption, and Genuflecting at the Altar of Ourselves

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 10.29.2011 | Home
Leonce Gaiter

The Help is a blockbuster that doesn't just redeem its white heroine -- it redeems all of white America right along with her.

SHOCKING Professor Sex Scandals

Posted 08.20.2011 | College

Ideally, professors are supposed to be shaping the minds of our youth. Sometimes however, a professor's duty as a teacher can be compromised by their ...

The 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults In History | Posted 08.20.2011 | Home

Sigh. Authors just don’t insult each other like they used to. Sure, Martin Amis raised some eyebrows when he claimed he would need brain damage to w...

Getting Ripped for Summer Reading: My Summer Shape-Up Plan

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.09.2011 | Home
Nina Sankovitch

I've vanquished the flab in my bookshelves, oiled the joints on my bifocal sunglasses, and bulked up the piles of new reading material.

Book Review Roundup: A Web Of Lies And The Getty's Ethically Unsound Undertakings

Posted 07.23.2011 | Home

"Tangled Webs" by James Stewart Washington Post As in earlier books such as “Blood Sport” and “Den of Thieves,” Stewart offers riveting ...

Harold Bloom: 'The Anatomy Of Influence' | SAM TANENHAUS | Posted 07.22.2011 | Home

At the age of 80, with almost 40 books behind him and nearly as many accumulated honors, Harold Bloom has written, in "The Anatomy of Influence," a ki...

5 Ways Shakespeare Changed The World | STEPHEN MARCHE | Posted 07.12.2011 | Home

William Shakespeare was the most influential writer who ever lived. Even those who haven't read his plays know his words, from "to be or not to be" to...

King Lear Speaks Out on Health Care

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joseph Smigelski

Those in high places don't care enough about -- or are oblivious to -- the serious hardships afflicting the poor and, increasingly, the middle class. Our current health care crisis provides an obvious example.