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Will Donald Trump Defy Mythology?

Frederic Colier | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Frederic Colier

Donald Trump sets a high mark here. He never talks about his mother, never mentions her in his speeches. In fact, Mrs. Trump senior seems shrouded in secrecy.

Was Rafael Nadal Suffering From Hubris?

Francis Levy | Posted 09.09.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

What happened to Rafael Nadal, in his loss to Fabio Fognini in the third round of the US Open is what everyone is afraid of: falling from a great height. It, in fact conforms to Aristotle's definition of tragedy which is the fall of a man of high position.

How Theatre Helped Me Embrace My Age

Dey Young | Posted 07.18.2016 | Fifty
Dey Young

It is because of my age and experience that I have the wisdom in how to direct and contain my energy more productively. It's a shame that the film industry and most industries see women in their 50s as too old when really it is our best decade.

You're So Vain

Francis Levy | Posted 07.10.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

"You're so vain, you probably think this song is about you," were Carly Simon's words. The title of the song might really be Narcissus because it's a wonderful contemporizing of the famous character from mythology who drowns while staring at his own image.

Oedipus Debt: The Greek Financial Tragedy

Robert Brenner | Posted 07.01.2016 | Comedy
Robert Brenner

SOOTHSAYER: Oedipus, my lord, I've got some bad news for you.

The Utility of the Liberal Arts: Antigone and the Making of a Lawyer

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.24.2015 | College
Frank H. Wu

If all we acquire is technical expertise, a knowledge of the law as a set of rules and nothing else, we will have lost our purpose, to be judicious about what constitutes justice. It is possible to imagine an education that is deliberately limited to what has obvious value. A lawyer trained in such a manner would be capable of the greatest crimes.

Pornosophy: Vice Isn't Nice, But Neither Is Sex

Francis Levy | Posted 04.20.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

For some people sex is an embarrassing painful and even expensive process whose only reward leads to the birth of a little tyke who trails you around admiringly for at least the first few years of its miserable life.

The Crimson Letter

Francis Levy | Posted 04.13.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

What happens to those Harvard professors who struck up romantic relations with students before the ban went into effect? Are those relationships also prohibited or will they be grandfathered in under the old policy which simply considered them "inappropriate?"

Tragedy in Ferguson: What Will it Take to Move Forward?

Andrew Tarsy | Posted 01.25.2015 | Crime
Andrew Tarsy

The majority population, most of whom pollsters tell us did not believe Officer Wilson committed any crimes, may believe the country can afford to accept things as they are. People of color -- Black men and their families and those who depend on them cannot afford that luxury. They need us to get this right.

'A Particle of Dread': Sam Shepard's Oedipus At Cucamonga

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.24.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The perils of parenthood are myriad and have been the subject of countless tragedies and comedies in the theater for over 2,500 years. Sam Shepard has...

"Oedipus," San Pedro Rep

James Scarborough | Posted 01.23.2015 | Arts
James Scarborough

Photos courtesy of Louella Allen Photography. Credibility begets anticipation. Having earned an imprimatur with their prior production of "The Lady ...

'That Means Oedipus Been Boning His Mama... HIS MAMA'

Posted 02.11.2014 | Comedy

Thug Notes goes into Freudian territory this week with a look at "Oedipus The King." In his analysis, Sparky Sweets, PhD asks us all, is it better to ...

The Designated Mourner

Francis Levy | Posted 09.15.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

In Wally Shawn's The Designated Mourner currently revived at the Public Theater, under the direction of Andre Gregory, neither Jack (Wally Shawn), sel...

Why Does Society Hate Stepmoms?

Elisabeth Gruner | Posted 08.06.2012 | Divorce
Elisabeth Gruner

Once Upon a Time and the other stepmother tales suggest that, as a culture, we may still harbor deep anxieties about non-biological mothers.

My Mother, Myself

Cory Zacker | Posted 07.09.2012 | Parents
Cory Zacker

When my son was younger and deep in the throes of a textbook Oedipal Complex, he looked at me with all sincerity and said, "Mom, why did you marry Dad? Why didn't you wait for me?"

Your Favorite Star-Crossed Lovers In Literature: Expect The Unexpected, Not Romeo And Juliet (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Though Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet are the classic star-crossed lovers in books, and the play from which the phrase originates, we decided to add s...

Never Bake On a First Date

Briana Rognlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Briana Rognlin

Baking for a new guy too soon? That's a rookie mistake. (Take it from a former rookie.)