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Psycho in Paris

Francis Levy | Posted 11.16.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

Take away the innocence and eroticism and just hold the knife and Hitchcock's famous montage of blood going down the drain. Does that approximate your reaction to the first news reports coming out of Paris?

Donning My Cloak of Semi-Invisibility in Paris

Mina Samuels | Posted 11.10.2015 | Travel
Mina Samuels

I had the wind knocked out of me last week ... by a piece of art. At La Fondation Louis Vuitton, a new Frank Gehry-designed gallery in the Bois de Bo...

Il potere come rito di sangue, morte, follia. Il Macbeth di Verdi nella mani di Bob Wilson e Roberto Abbado

Massimo Acanfora Torrefranca | Posted 10.13.2015 | Italy
Massimo Acanfora Torrefranca

La direzione musicale di Roberto Abbado si è mostrata attenta, precisissima nel governare una struttura apparentemente tradizionale ma molto articolata e profonda. Abbado ha dato il giusto rilievo a quelle breve frasi e a quelle scene intere che nella visione di Verdi reggono tutto l'impianto. Macbeth diviene così un rito sanguinario del potere, astratto e ieratico.

Is High School Ruining Reading?

Samara Wolpe | Posted 09.24.2015 | College
Samara Wolpe

I have often felt that I am missing much of the joy I could be getting out of a book by reading it in class instead of on my own.

Why Success Is Always 'Iffy'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Either way, I'm going to do my best to smell the roses along the way, too -- and call it success every time. Those fragrant breezes will come and go and never be safely thus. They are diffident, and iffy, and fleeting- just like success itself. But that's as good as it gets. Maybe knowing that, and really accepting it, is the safest success of all

Invoking Camus to Live

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Michael Shammas

In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.

All Hail Michael Fassbender In The First 'Macbeth' Trailer

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 06.04.2015 | Entertainment

Imagine "Game of Thrones" with Michael Fassbender speaking Shakespearean. Then you've got "Macbeth." The first teaser trailer for Justin Kurzel's "...

The Tony Nominations: Reflections A Week Later

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.07.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

As a fever ate away at my remaining brain cells last week, I was bombarded with questions about the Tony nominations. I answer two main questions below.

Dunsinane at the Wallis Annenberg

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

What is ostensibly an excursion into the troubled history between Scotland and England bursts forth into a universal exploration of the tragedies of war and occupation and the poignant complexities of culture and politics.

'Inspector of the Dead': A Conversation With David Morrell

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

David Morrell's latest novel, Inspector of the Dead, is a sequel, featuring De Quincy and his iconoclastic daughter, Emily. When a killer begins targeting London's elite, Scotland Yard again seeks De Quincy's help.

Can People Recover From Mental Illness?

Emily Grossman | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

In my estimation, recovery from mental illness, as I personally define it, is definitely possible. However, it takes a lot of work and perseverance. With the proper treatment and support, people can and do get well, contribute to society, and live highly productive, fulfilling lives.

4 Things I Learned When I Wrote Macbeth

Ian Lendler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Ian Lendler

For me, Macbeth is the play that I co-wrote with Shakespeare. Okay, technically I just adapted it into a graphic novel for kids, but by sticking my head under the hood and seeing how the play's engine worked, I learned some interesting things along the way.

If 'Macbeth' Were A 1940s Gangster Opera...

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Raw lust for power dominates the Met Opera's stirring modernistic production of Verdi's Macbeth, which returned to the house last night with Anna Netr...

Sans Teeth, Sans Eyes? Shakespeare's Views on Aging Aren't That Simple

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 10.19.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

If Shakespeare were alive today, it's likely that he would be writing very differently about the experience of aging, time, and death. People live longer and, at least in developed countries, are in far better mental and physical health than they were in Elizabethan England.

For Savvy Real Estate Advice, Look to The Bard

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.14.2014 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

If, like me, you find that you must sell a beloved home, who better to turn to for advice than the Renaissance real estate mogul William Shakespeare, whose cornering of the 17th-century Stratford-upon-Avon housing market is as impressive to realty buffs as his genius as a wordsmith is to literary types.

Treacherous Hospitality in the 'Game of Thrones' -- And Western Lit

James Heffernan | Posted 09.07.2014 | Books
James Heffernan

From Homer to George R.R. Martin, literature is fascinated with all the ways in which hosts and guests can betray each other.

Aisle View: Branagh's Monumentally Masterful Macbeth

Steven Suskin | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

New York has seen recent Macbeths by the handful, including two star-topped Broadway productions in the last year, but they are best forgotten. Now we have Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth -- starring Branagh and Alex Kingston as his lady, directed by Branagh and Rob Ashford -- and it is monumental.

5 Terrifyingly Treacherous Hosts In Literature

James Heffernan | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
James Heffernan

Macbeth is surely one of the worst hosts ever dreamed up by a playwright, but he has plenty of company in literature as a whole.

Aisle View: 18 (Plays) in 16 (Days)

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In busy spells -- which in the Broadway arena typically include the two weeks before Thanksgiving and the month before the various award deadlines in the spring -- it is not uncommon for critics and award nominators to find themselves at five or six a week. Eighteen in 16, though, is overdoing it.

Ethan Hawke's Macbeth and the Small Engine Repair: Among Men

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.27.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Ethan Hawke is a manly Macbeth in a leather skirt. The men in "the Scottish play" look good in skirts, even John Glover's "weird sister," with pendulo...

Ethan Hawke and Amanda Peet Take on the Stage

Steven Suskin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

O'Brien is unquestionably one of our finest directors. Little enlightenment can be expected from Amanda Peet's The Commons of Pensacola.

Commentary: Are the '70s Movies Overrated?

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Lists of the greatest this or the best that are provocations and nothing more. Whether it's a critic offering his 10-best list of films (or books ...

You Never Understood 'Macbeth' Until Now

Posted 11.12.2013 | Comedy

This week, Sparky Sweets, PhD brings his unique insight to bear on the Scottish play. What are we to make of all that blood, murder and general to...

New 'Macbeth' Cast Shaping Up To Be Star-Packed

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.03.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Reinforcements have arrived for the upcoming cast of "Macbeth" and some big names are joining Ethan Hawke and Anne-Marie Duff. Linco...

Know Why You're Here: The Point of Human Existence

Steve McSwain | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Steve McSwain

My friend, you did not show up to be a pastor or a lawyer, journalist, or missionary, or a mechanic or server at Waffle House. You are here instead to awaken out of all illusions. The illusions cause the suffering.