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Reality Bites: Why Are So Many Readers Obsessed With 'Realism'?

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.23.2012 | Books
Peter Mandel

Give us escape-craving readers a break, I say. Since when did fiction -- whether on a screen or in a ream of pages -- hinge on the quality of its imitation?

'The Scream' Is Only The Beginning...

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.28.2012 | Arts

Most of us know Norwegian painter Edvard Munch by his "Scream," which has continued to echo throughout our collective nightmares since the late 19th c...

How Vincent Became Van Gogh

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.25.2012 | Arts

How did the son of a Protestant preacher rise to become one of the most recognizable artists of all time? An upcoming exhibition titled, "Becoming Van...

Happy Birthday, Gustave Courbet!

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.10.2012 | Arts

We can think of few artists who embody the spirit of unbridled liberty and personal conviction better than Gustave Courbet. The rugged, bohemian paint...

A New Conversation About Dreams

Marcia Wieder | Posted 07.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Marcia Wieder

Living your life as a dreamer is not just about achievement and accomplishment, or even success. It is about living your life, passionately pursuing the things that matter to you most, and learning and growing along the way.

'Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape'

Posted 04.10.2012 | Arts

The title of Charlotta Westergren's new exhibition is "SERE: Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape." SERE is a military program that originated to tra...

What Is The Line Between Realism And Sensationalism?

Corban Addison | Posted 05.05.2012 | Books
Corban Addison

Is there a point where the artistic depiction of violence against children becomes complicit in that violence? Is there an ethical line in fiction between realism that reveals, and sensationalism that exploits?

Look Familiar? Artist Draws Everyday Items

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.24.2012 | Arts

Artist Janice Wu says that she believes inanimate objects "can become playful and even precious" with a little simple re-imagining. Her intricate ...

The French Connection Between Old Books and Current Events

Dave Astor | Posted 02.07.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Nineteenth-century French novels have a lot to say about our 21st-century world. And I'm not just talking about Jules Verne books that predicted some of today's technological advances.

Fast Food, Parking Lots And Vermeer: Marc Trujillo's New Show

John Seed | Posted 12.31.2011 | Arts
John Seed

Los Angeles based artist Marc Trujillo, whose first solo show at Hirshl and Adler opens on November 3rd, paints what he calls the "shared spaces of the everyday." He is attracted to "non-destinations," familiar places where vast expanses of concrete or linoleum numb the senses.

WATCH: Incredible 3D Drawing Machine

Posted 11.14.2011 | Arts

As twin artists, Ryan and Trevor Oakes are familiar with taking a singular experience and realizing it can be split it in two. Their lives have always...

NASA Teams Up With Sci-Fi Authors

Posted 10.24.2011 | Books

The genre of science fiction can spawn some spectacularly unscientific flights of fancy in the name of space travel. Thanks to a new collaboration wit...

PHOTOS: A Painter's Enigmatic View Of Humanity

Posted 08.01.2011 | Arts

At once seemingly straightforward and confusing, Goran Djurovic's paintings in "Borrow Light" offer riddles to their viewers. Swathed in the usual tra...

How To Be An Optimist Without Being Unrealistic

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

To be successful, you need to understand the very vital difference between believing you will succeed, and believing you will succeed easily. It's the difference between being a realistic optimist and an unrealistic optimist.

The Politics of Altruism

Dovid Efune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dovid Efune

As widespread unrest throughout the Muslim world continues, A Case for Democracy by former Soviet dissident and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky is ...

Why Jonathan Franzen's 'Freedom' Is The Most Overrated Recent Novel

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.26.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Jonathan Franzen has written a poignant book about coming of age in the Midwest of the 1970s, the discontents of family, searching for identity in a p...

Be True to You! - A Philosopher's Message for the New Year

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Last week, I wrote a Foreword for a friend's new book entitled The Freak Factor. It's a great look at the incredible, outrageous, freakishly wonderful...

Check Reality Before You Live It

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Reality-check yourself with the following questions: - How many realities are there right now? One, two, none? - Is there just what is or is there ...

Short Stories

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

We continue our series on the short story, asking writers how they compare writing short stories to writing novels, the demands the story makes on the...

Obama's Mideast Policy: An Unpromising Drive Towards a Cost-Effective Pax Americana

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

President Barack Obama is continuing to reorient U.S. foreign policy in general, and in the Middle East in particular, along the lines of the internationalist/neo-realist approach pursued in the pre-9/11 years

India's Burma Policy Is Not Pragmatism, It's Realism

Matthew Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Smith

India graciously hosted the Burmese Dictator Than Shwe this week, raising the question as to why the world's largest democracy would welcome one of the world's worst dictators, a man associated with crimes against humanity.

Acceptance Isn't Surrender

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Acceptance isn't passivity or surrender, but an active engagement in reality, in real time, on its terms. As such, acceptance is realism, a seeing of ...

Reality Hunger: Shields' Formal Run Down

Alexandra Juhasz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alexandra Juhasz

You could say I "read" David Shield's Reality Hunger yesterday, but as my first nod to the worthy successes (and ballsy failures) of his argument-thro...

Kouchner's Lament: Misunderstanding the Net

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The internet today -- despite the occasional bouts of disinformation and invented scandal -- is far more of an effective and immediate marketplace of information than the world for which Bernard Kouchner seems to pine.

Un-Sentimentally Progressive

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Reality is progressive. And mercilessly so. A non-stop unfolding of what is, reality waits for no political throw-back to lick its ego-wounds. Real...