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An Extraordinary Library: The Lilly Library, Indiana University

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

After living in the Midwest for about 30 years I really didn't know too much about Indiana -- it seemed like a nice state but my sense was that the state was pretty limited, culturally.

Why Are They Translating Shakespeare?

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.01.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Oregon Shakespeare Company is doing translations of all of Shakespeare's plays to make them more comprehensible. Why?

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.

Should a Novelist Be Politically Correct?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The recent flap over a romance novel titled For Such a Time whose plot features a concentration camp inmate falling in love with her Nazi captor has aroused the wrath of various critics and readers on grounds that it is too discomfiting and disturbing to have been published.

Seattle Shakespeare Company's The Comedy of Errors; A Fun Filled, Slapstick Vision That Entertains From Start to Finish

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 09.21.2015 | Arts
L. Steven Sieden

Seattle Shakespeare Company recently premiered The Comedy of Errors at the Leo K Theatre, and the show kept the audience in stitches from beginning to...

The Slippery Slope of Non-Traditional Casting

Steve Harper | Posted 09.17.2015 | Black Voices
Steve Harper

So, although the argument against a particular casting choice might be frustrating on one level, on another, it makes complete sense. I believe the writer should always have the last word. Though there are two instances where I think non-traditional approaches can make sense

To Howl: A Feminist Take on Ginsberg's Howl

Aimee Anderson | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Aimee Anderson

Amy Newman's Howl embraces a poetic form that has been exclusive to male poets.Newman's transgressive Howl tresspasses a poetic form that has been exclusive property of Allen Ginsberg.

Fall Poems

Poetry Foundation | Posted 09.14.2015 | Books
Poetry Foundation

Poems to read as the leaves change and the weather gets colder. AUTUMN LEAVES "Autumn" by Grace Paley "Autumn Song" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti "T...

For Crown, Queen and Shakespeare

Michael Radou Moussou | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Michael Radou Moussou

In becoming the longest reigning monarch in the history of her 'sceptered isle,' Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is moving today from the fairytale land assigned to her, into another realm, one reserved to the some of the most important political personalities in History: the legendary.

The Art in Dreams - Memories of My Mother

Paola K Amaras | Posted 09.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

We are such stuff As dreams are made on; and our little life Is rounded with a sleep -- William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 4 lines 156-158. Some...

Shakespeare's Secret Legacy

Paul Hunting | Posted 09.04.2015 | Books
Paul Hunting

For thousands upon thousands of years great sages, masters, seers, prophets and teachers have been attempting to convey to us the ultimate truth about who we really are, where we come from and why we're here on this planet. Yet, to most people, it still remains a mystery.

Turner's Timeless Show of Light, Color and Wonder

William Bradley | Posted 08.31.2015 | Arts
William Bradley

I've seen the show twice, taking the better part of a day each time. Along with Vermeer and Van Gogh, Turner's one of my very favorite artists. The experience of this show rates as one of the aesthetic highlights of my life.

Cumberbacchanalia: A Preview Night With Benedict Cumberbatch and Hamlet

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.24.2015 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Cumberbatch is radiant on stage. In a play increasingly a star vehicle -- and I have seen Hamlets from Daniel Day-Lewis (the best, at the National Theatre in 1989) to Ralph Fiennes, Stephen Dillane and Jude Law -- Cumberbatch joins the ranks competently.

Liver Pudding

Sandy Thomas | Posted 08.19.2015 | Arts
Sandy Thomas

I was able to walk to Fringe Central 2 in time for my 2 P.M. workshop and I'm so glad I got to be there. There was a lot of laughing involved.

In "Loo" of Good Taste

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 08.16.2015 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I shudder to think how my parents would have survived in today's anything-goes, nothing-is-sacred, sexually charged society. Their values were black and white, wrong and right, good and bad, with little wiggle room for compromise.

Shakespeare in the Park For Dummies

Penny Love | Posted 08.11.2015 | Entertainment
Penny Love

If I'm completely honest, nor do I even want to get Shakespeare. At the intermission, I had to go. My daughter and I ditched my friends when they were at the ports-potties "Alas! This blessed plot. Methinks I dare not stay for mine death draws ever closer!"

Notes From a Dive Bar XXII

Alan Black | Posted 08.10.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

These days, the sun shows no mercy. And Shakespeare in the Park is on.

Did Shakespeare Smoke Weed? The Evidence Is Doobie-ous

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Arts

A slew of recent headlines suggest that William Shakespeare smoked marijuana, but an acclaimed Shakespeare scholar finds some of t...

Shakespeare's Opening Act

Tamar Honig | Posted 08.04.2015 | Arts
Tamar Honig

The Tempest is a striking piece, brimming with drama and humor and intrigue. As satisfying as seeing it is the discovery of all these elements in the arguably equally poetic context of five hours on a bench in the park.

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

Shakespeare Wild and Free

Philip David Morton | Posted 07.24.2015 | Los Angeles
Philip David Morton

Romeo and Juliet is the most famous love story every told. How do you make that new? To take material so well known and keep it fresh is a tribute not only to how well the festival directors know the plays, but also to how fearless their staging and inventions are.

Drink It Up: A Short Interview with Drunk Shakespeare's Josh Hyman

Danny Groner | Posted 07.24.2015 | Arts
Danny Groner

Drunk Shakespeare is something you really have to experience for yourself. Describing it in a few words -- one member of a troupe of five actors is required to drink before and during a performance of a Shakespearean play -- doesn't do the production justice.

Fools for Love

George Heymont | Posted 07.23.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether these pairings were deliberate or circumstantial, what made Schnitzler's play so interesting was that they included characters from a wide variety of social classes who were well aware of their station as well as their limitations.

Shakespeare's Hotspur Would Be Proud to See His Namesake Tottenham Hotspur Leading Another British Invasion of America

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 07.21.2015 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

The profile of England's elite football league has never been higher. So it makes sense that "Spurs" are making huge moves in growing that base.

Into the (Shakespearean) Woods

Joanne Rendell | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts
Joanne Rendell

In Shakespeare, as in myths and stories throughout the ages, forests are magical and transformative places. Weavers grow ass-heads in Shakespeare's woods. Lovers elope. They write reams of passionate letters and fall in and out of love there.