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Religious Hypocrites and Their Timeless Tactics: McCrory, Tartuffe, and House Bill 2

Harold Lloyd | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

With HB 2, Pat McCrory fleeces every worker of employment protections including the right to sue in state court for discrimination based on "race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap."

A 'Heavy' Side of Bob Dylan at 75

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.16.2016 | Entertainment
Robert David Jaffee

He has been called the voice of a generation, but it may be more accurate to dub Bob Dylan, who turns 75 on May 24, as a voice, if not the voice, of the generations.

'To Be or Not to Be, I There's the Point.' Or Conversations Overheard!!

Tony Woodcock | Posted 05.14.2016 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Do you ever do that? Deliberately put yourself in line of hearing other people's conversations? My wife and I are terrible offenders, if indeed it is an offense. We know intuitively when there is a situation, a possibility, to observe and hear life and people unedited, which can yield such fascinating results.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Opens New Shakespeare's Globe Season

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.11.2016 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Shakespeare's lushest, loopiest play, set in an Athenian June at court and in the green wood, is essentially a long poem. In even a poor production, the words can get you through.

What's Past is Prologue: The Renaissance of an Irish Hamlet

Pam Peterson | Posted 05.09.2016 | Travel
Pam Peterson

Picture the rolling green hills of the Irish countryside. Now envision a narrow lane winding through meadows of Queen Anne's lace and wavy foxtail grass, arriving at an iron gate that leads to a tranquil enclave of stone cottages amidst lush gardens. This is Ballilogue.

Shakespeare Remixed: 400 Years of the Bard

Katy Woodring | Posted 04.27.2016 | Arts
Katy Woodring

Shakespeare may have shuffled off his mortal coil 400 years ago, but actors, scholars, dancers, videogaming tech nerds, restaurateurs, and the average consumer are no less sick of him.

Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking -- Part 1: Why Students Need the Humanities Now More Than Ever

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Students today grow up in such a distracted and meaningless world that, unless schools give them some idea of where we have come from as a cultural tradition, schools themselves run the risk of becoming part of that meaninglessness.

This Divorced Dad Tried Sexting For The First Time And Had An Epiphany

Matthew Williams | Posted 07.11.2016 | Comedy
Matthew Williams

The first rule of sexting is never, ever, ever read back the messages that you have sent. Ever.

Shakespeare at the Top of the Charts after 400 Years

Ken Adelman | Posted 04.25.2016 | Entertainment
Ken Adelman

Why Shakespeare? Why this weekend, everywhere around the world, will this man, with but a seventh grade education, be heralded 400 years after his de...

11 Books Inspired by Shakespeare

Off The Shelf | Posted 04.25.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Allison Tyler | Off the Shelf It's been 400 years since William Shakespeare shuffled off his mortal coil on April 23, 1616. To honor the Bard of A...

Shakespeare Died 400 Years Ago, Yet His Language Lives On In These Phrases

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.22.2016 | Arts

If brevity is the soul of wit, we probably aren't doing Shakespeare any favors by drawing out his best lines for nearly half a millennium. Then again,...

All-Female Theater Troupe Tackles Gender Issues In Shakespeare's Plays

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 04.22.2016 | Arts

William Shakespeare’s name is interchangeable with timelessness; our curiosity about the man himself is eclipsed by our fascination with the daring ...

Stage Door: Richard II, Henry IV Part I and II, Henry V

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.21.2016 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Played with a kind of exhausted grandeur by David Tennant (of Dr. Who fame), this Richard's primary motivation seems to be his ongoing fascination with his own suffering at the hands of political operatives.

Shakespeare's Heroes and Heroines Live On Forever, Like Them or Not

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 04.20.2016 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

Shakespeare has an infinite variety. His plays have lasted 400 years since his passing. May they play on forever in new heaven, new earth!

Helen Vendler and the Science of Poetry

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 04.20.2016 | Books
M.W. Jacobs

Helen Vendler is a national treasure, and at least as deserving of a Kennedy Center Honor from the President as some of the actors and pop singers who...

Anyone Can Be A Shakespearean Player At This Inclusive Sonnet Slam

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.20.2016 | Arts

Imagine yourself striding confidently on stage, all eyes on you as you adjust the mic and take a deep breath. It’s a warm spring day in New York Cit...

Books Opened the Doors of the World to Me

Vyjay Rao | Posted 04.18.2016 | Travel
Vyjay Rao

Years ago, much, much before the travel bug ensnared me in its magical web, I had already begun my voyages around the world on the wings of my imagina...

Stratford Upon the East River

Glen Roven | Posted 04.20.2016 | Arts
Glen Roven

Over the last few weeks I was reminded of those halcyon times as I saw two vastly different productions by two vastly different companies, but this time they weren't across the Thames but across the East River, in Brooklyn.

Astoria Characters: The Clown Juggling a Double-Fun Life

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.12.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

David Ellis can't stop the clowning around. His 4-year-old daughter, the so-called Lady S, is looking down on him, longingly, from the second-floor bedroom window.

The Real Housewife of 11th-Century Scotland

George Heymont | Posted 04.10.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

New breakthroughs in technology have a long history of disrupting the status quo. When I first learned how to type, it was on a manual typewriter that, if you hit the carriage return handle hard enough, might fall off the desk.

Spend The 400th Anniversary Of Shakespeare's Death In Hamlet's Castle

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 04.05.2016 | Arts

"Act I, Scene I: Elsinore. A platform before the castle." These are the very first words to appear on the page of William Shakespeare's great tragedy...

Culture Is Only A Thin Apple Peel Over A Glowing Chaos

Lena Hades | Posted 04.04.2016 | Arts
Lena Hades

All great artists which I call artistocrats have a constant lifelong desire to communicate vitally important messages. But sometimes a fervent desire to be understood and to convey an important message looks like a declamation of a Shakespeare's Sonnet to a hungry dog.

Please Don't Say Unpack

Stanley Hainsworth | Posted 04.01.2016 | Business
Stanley Hainsworth

For the sake of the English language, please stop using the word 'unpack' (unless you are removing your travel essentials from a valise). How about: discover, uncover, reveal, unearth, expose, ascertain, discern, lay bare or just find out.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Taking Her Talents To The Stage

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics

To dispel any possible doubts about her talents, the Notorious RBG, sometimes known as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is adding actress to...

A Taxonomy of the Species You Encounter Waiting in Line For Shakespeare in the Park

Elizabeth Logan | Posted 03.28.2016 | New York
Elizabeth Logan

The early-morning line for Shakespeare in the Park tickets is a realm unto itself, an eco-system unlike any other.