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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.

First Nighter: Bedlam Company's Double Go at 'Twelfth Night, or What You Will' Perhaps Too Much Bedlam

David Finkle | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

In the program's statement of company purpose, there's a sentence about the fun for them and the audience of "inciting laughter and chaos." There's nothing wrong with inciting laughter, but they might be advised to keep on a closer eye on the chaos.

What Are The TL;DR Versions Of Shakespeare Plays?

Quora | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts

Antony and Cleopatra: Pretending to be dead to make your lover sorry doesn't work.

Suggestions to High-School Students for Reading Shakespeare -- Part 3

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

The initial strangeness you may encounter in reading Shakespeare is simply the play's way of telling you that you've entered another world, which is, after all, why you're reading his play in the first place.

The Birthday Eulogy

James M. Lynch | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

Anne Hathaway Shakespeare planned a great party for her husband William's 52nd birthday on April 23, 1616. She invited a bunch of his friends: Ben J...

My Kindle, My Birds and Me

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 04.25.2015 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

After several years of deliberation, I finally purchased a Kindle. I now own my very own digital reading device which has all the books I can read on it. There's lots that's unsettling about the device, but that's not entirely bad -- just caused a bit soul searching.

Suggestions to High School Students for Reading Shakespeare –- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

All paths lead to the mountaintop, and every teacher of Shakespeare has his or her way of teaching his plays. This is the first in a series of articles that explore one teacher's suggestions to high-school students for reading his plays. These articles are addressed to students, but teachers also may find them of interest, as may the general reader.

The Real Thing

Francis Levy | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Besides defaming Jews, Antonio's plainly a colonialist. Imagine the degree to which indigenous populations must have been exploited for the sake of the wealth merchants like him sought to accrue?

Romeo Is a Dirtbag. So Why Is Romeo and Juliet Our Favorite Love Story?

Lois Leveen | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Lois Leveen

A story in which a 13-year-old girl is seduced by a deceiving cad who turns out to be a killer, then is convinced by a prevaricating priest to fake her own death, and finally ends up committing suicide for real -- this should not be a global model of a love story.

Seven Manners Through Which Schools Are Killing Creativity

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

Schools are killing creativity. But rather than just sharing articles and liking pages, let's actually do something about it; educators, implement some of these ideas, and comment on how they go. Let's bring on the education revolution, together!

Janine Ferguson's Romantic Incident at the Café, Some Valentine's Day Ideas, and F.L. Jewels' Whispers of My Heart

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

The philosopher's quote from his novel, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, is cited by author F.L. Jewels in her new Whispers of My Heart book of poetry.

The Most Erotic Poem You'll Ever Read

Andrea Chapin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books
Andrea Chapin

When I began writing my novel The Tutor (Riverhead, Feb. 5), I searched for a piece of writing for my protagonist and Shakespeare to work on. I was f...

Dear Mary Cheney: Here Are Reasons Why Drag Is Socially Acceptable and Blackface Is Not

Domenick Scudera | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Drag is a celebration. Drag is an attitude. Characterizing drag queens as "bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty" is reductive and insulting. The female persona created by a drag queen is robust, powerful, enduring. She has moxie, smarts, humor and beauty.

'Strange Magic' Is Just That - George Lucas Meets Shakespeare

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 03.31.2015 | Teen

George Lucas has turned his charms onto the tale, Strange Magic, a new animated film, that is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Oscar History, Birdman's Hypnotic Score, and Grasping for Memories with Roots & Honey Herbs

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 03.28.2015 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

First, here's a big shout-out to Whitney Staeb and Brooke Smith of Roots & Honey Herbs for recently turning me onto a wonderful, homemade herbal tincture called Brain Bloom.

'Cane and Abe': A Talk with James Grippando

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.20.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Soon after graduating from law school, James Grippando worked on a number of appeals in death penalty cases, an experience that later served him in writing his first published novel, The Pardon.

Be Brief or Be Dismissed As a Leader: Six Best Practices

Dianna Booher | Posted 03.15.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

Leaders think strategically, understand the critical link between focus and clarity, and appreciate the value of time. So fewer and fewer are inclined to let others waste their time. Brevity has become a basic communication skill for professionals. Here are six best practices as a leader:

The Pitti Uomo Diaries: Florence is Where the Heart Is

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.15.2015 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

I've searched my soul for personal thoughts about the attacks in France and have still to figure out how I feel. I know I'm sad, I find the events tragic and discouraging, but beyond that, I don't know.

Why Do We Force Students to Read Shakespeare?

Rajat Bhageria | Posted 03.14.2015 | Education
Rajat Bhageria

As time goes on, perhaps even the CollegeBoard will realize that they should focus more on modern applications than classical ones, and perhaps one day more of the novels high school students read can be similar to contemporary novels and works.

These Photos of Shelter Dogs as Famous Authors Are Awesome

Jen Reeder | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

I'm an English major, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and big fan of animal rescue, so my heart did cartwheels when I heard about "Poetic Dogs."

Hitchhiking 1,000 miles: A Tale for the Season of the Twelfth Night

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sean Comerford

In this season of the Twelfth Night, could this be what my jarring dream meant? I am not what I seem to be either, a fool for disguises, disguised to myself. What foolery in a journey of a 1,000 miles.

Zero to One: An Idea for Our Time

Max Benavidez | Posted 02.22.2015 | Business
Max Benavidez

For Thiel, the intelligently designed startup that will eventually evolve into what he calls the creative monopoly is the key to a brighter future for our world.

7 Off-the-Wall Literary Gifts

Beth Bartlett | Posted 02.10.2015 | Books
Beth Bartlett

Why be subtle when you can be sassy and weird? Tap directly into their favorite bookish fandom with one of these unusual offerings.

Learning From Shakespeare: Harnessing The Power of Brand Language in an Overvisualized World

Dr. Alexander Haldemann | Posted 01.31.2015 | Business
Dr. Alexander Haldemann

By inventing a new and consistent way of speaking, you can connect with your customers in a human way that makes them look forward to interacting with you - a key to driving brand engagement and loyalty.

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.