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What Are The TL;DR Versions Of Shakespeare Plays?

Quora | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Quora

Antony and Cleopatra: Pretending to be dead to make your lover sorry doesn't work.

'World Gone By': A Conversation With Dennis Lehane

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Dennis Lehane is known to millions of readers. His novels Mystic River, Gone, Baby, Gone, and Shutter Island became blockbuster movies, with the most recent film being The Drop, which is based on his short story, Animal Rescue.

Confessions Of a (Insert Your Major Here)

Uloop | Posted 05.17.2015 | College
Uloop

Don't judge people by their majors. Genuinely ask them what aspect they want to use their major for, and if they aren't quite sure, don't get all crazy on them. Be accepting, that is all.

Privacy Is Theft: An Orwellian Proposition That Outdoes Big Brother

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Joseph A. Domino

There are many ways to view a circle: one as a closed system. Once a cog is admitted to the circle, it is designed to remain in place and help sustain the whole. The new cog in Dave Eggers' novel, The Circle, is a young woman named Mae.

Here's Why You Should Visit Baltimore If You Like Books

WHERE | Posted 05.11.2015 | Travel
WHERE

Mayor Kurt Schmoke meant well when he dubbed Baltimore "the city that reads" in the 1980s. Though the much-maligned motto was quickly changed, the city's literary heart beats as strongly as ever.

A Tasty, Steampunk Treat

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 05.10.2015 | Books
Arthur Rosenfeld

The cover copy calls Dennis O'Flaherty's King of the Cracksmen a steampunk entertainment. The novel is that and more. Reading this book is like quaffing strong espresso on a rocket bound for a cognac bar on the far side of the moon.

Why Are Some Books Unforgettable?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 05.05.2015 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

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The Enduring Power of the Humanities

Laura Skandera Trombley | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
Laura Skandera Trombley

I've been invited to speak about the "Enduring Power of the Humanities," and while I believe in the topic (with a double major in English and humanities I better) the humanities really best speak for themselves. Yet the humanities have increasingly found themselves under attack.

Ne Me Quitte Pas

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 04.28.2015 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Nina Simone's music stirs the soul. I liken it to one awash in the Holy Spirit in a Baptist church on a Sunday morning. Her classical piano finesse infused with her jazzy and bluesy gospel voice is heard in all of her music, especially in all of her civil rights protest songs.

Book Review: Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train by Sandy Pheat

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.27.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Hobo Pete tells the eerie tale of three boys in 1963 Appalachia, who encounter a local hobo with whom they have something in common: they each hear the passing of a ghostly train in the night.

Book Review: Conspiracy Theory by Mike Enemigo

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.26.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Conspiracy Theory is a gritty story of drugs, crime, and the underground rap music scene in Sacramento, California, written by someone who knows whereof he speaks. Mike Enemigo, a Folsom Prison lifer is the Impresario of The Cell Block, an up-and-coming publisher of crime, urban fiction, and non-fiction.

Books: A Journey of Self Discovery

Bisila Bokoko | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Bisila Bokoko

Growing up, reading was my favorite hobby. I was obsessed with books. Indeed, books were best friends I would spent countless hours with and draw inspiration and strength from. With a book you are never alone.

My Kindle, My Birds and Me

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 04.25.2015 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

After several years of deliberation, I finally purchased a Kindle. I now own my very own digital reading device which has all the books I can read on it. There's lots that's unsettling about the device, but that's not entirely bad -- just caused a bit soul searching.

Would Someone on This Train Please Tell Me I'm Hot?

Greg Schwem | Posted 04.20.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

It was time to assume the reading-while-commuting position, something foreign to me since I rarely read on subway cars and never while standing up.

Romeo Is a Dirtbag. So Why Is Romeo and Juliet Our Favorite Love Story?

Lois Leveen | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Lois Leveen

A story in which a 13-year-old girl is seduced by a deceiving cad who turns out to be a killer, then is convinced by a prevaricating priest to fake her own death, and finally ends up committing suicide for real -- this should not be a global model of a love story.

The Difference Between British and American Poetry

Robert Peake | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Robert Peake

Contemplating the similarities and differences between British and American poetry, having steeped myself in both for some time now, I have been slicing my experiences as a reader along two axes: innovation and craft.

Confessions of a Literary Addiction

Rachel Verlik | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Rachel Verlik

I'm comfortable admitting I'm addicted to reading. I would spend my last dollar on a book, and I have no shame admitting that. I love all that I've learned through books, and the comfort it gives me.

The Mountain

Allison Gruber | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Allison Gruber

Brian took me and Josephine to a bar on Armitage where the bartenders let us drink, where Josephine made me dance, where they played the kind of music we liked: Jane's Addiction, Fugazi, Joy Division.

Music as a Mold: AIRA's Artistic Redemption

Max Dorfman | Posted 04.09.2015 | Entertainment
Max Dorfman

There's a lot of unbelievable things that happen in life--and really, the least believable are the bad things; the things we don't see coming, the things we can't and won't understand.

Seven Manners Through Which Schools Are Killing Creativity

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

Schools are killing creativity. But rather than just sharing articles and liking pages, let's actually do something about it; educators, implement some of these ideas, and comment on how they go. Let's bring on the education revolution, together!

Writers and War: Does Phil Klay's Redeployment Signify a Cultural Shift?

Sarah Stodola | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books
Sarah Stodola

In his celebrated recent book of short stories, Redeployment, Phil Klay takes the imbroglio that was the Iraq War and turns it into the pulsing sum of very individual experiences.

Our 9 Favorite Vegetarian Cookbooks

Food52 | Posted 04.05.2015 | Taste
Food52

Add a few to your shelf and that new you will be eating pretty well in 2015.

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School –- Part 14

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

The Greek view of the ethical life is an interesting contrast to that of the Bible's. A different tone and mood pervade these aphorisms than what one finds in the Old and New Testaments. More significantly, the motivation for leading an ethical life is worlds apart from that of biblical morality.

Teaching the Bible as Literature in Public High School -– Part 12

Frank Breslin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Students also received aphorisms for extra credit and homework. In the assignment below, students reacted to any 10 aphorisms from each of the three featured authors by giving two reasons why they agreed or disagreed with each aphorism.

Classic Movies and Books Released for the Over 50 Female!

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 03.18.2015 | Fifty
Stephanie D. Lewis

Frocky Horror Picture Show: Terrifying tale about a female looking for the perfect dress for her 30th high school reunion. Close your eyes during the special effects Spanx scene... shudder!