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The Odyssey

The Triumph of the Cyclops Polyphemus

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The ancient Greeks were primarily very small family farmers, intimately connected to the land and the growing of food. Agriculture for the Greeks was ...

Amazon Goes Hollywood Without the Algorithm

David Sable | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
David Sable

Wake up: Data don't connect -- data are history at their best and a bet on the future at their weakest. But a good story -- a good story lives on and becomes a part of the fabric of life and culture.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

The Odyssey: In My Own Words (Part 2)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Circe: Sleep with me. I'm a witch-goddess. Odysseus: Yeah. I like your singing voice. Listen-- Circe: I knew it. Odysseus: I haven't said anyt...

The Odyssey (In My Own Words)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Calypso: Odysseus, I'm so much hotter than your wife. Just stay on this island forever, and let's be immortal together. I can totally arrange it. ...

This Young Mythology Expert Can't Get Enough Of Folklore

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.02.2014 | Parents

This clip is part of HuffPost Live's "Tell Me Why" series, featuring young enthusiasts discussing the subjects they're passionate about -- from horror...

Yoga and Baseball: 108 Degrees of Harmonic Convergence

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.11.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

Spring and baseball. Baseball and Spring. They arrive together just as surely as winter and spring converge at the vernal equinox.

A Good Story Is Disturbing

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

No matter how beautifully written or "literary," a novel resonates deeply because the storyline tugs powerfully at us. It upsets, confounds and presents chaos, conflict, imbalance and upheaval -- either within its character's mind or circumstances.

Born to Rock: An American Odyssey to the Cracker Barrel

Travis M. Andrews | Posted 03.23.2014 | Comedy
Travis M. Andrews

The screen door slammed with the intensity of our beating hearts, all three of us -- me, Jack and Mears. Name's Johnny, by the way, but people call...

Do You Wear a Watch?

David Sable | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
David Sable

Do you wear a watch? By watch I mean an analog device, with hands sweeping around a dial, possibly augmented by "complications" as they are known, and all designed to look good on your wrist.

Beware of Geeks...

David Sable | Posted 08.24.2013 | Media
David Sable

Recently I was asked what young creative types should study in order to be successful in today's digital-centric world. My answer: Read The Iliad and The Odyssey

10 Brilliant Uses for Blood Sausage

Anneli Rufus | Posted 05.28.2013 | Taste
Anneli Rufus

These days we are seeing a blood-sausage renaissance as this dividend of the whole-animal trend is showing up on chic restaurant menus and being embraced by a new generation of offal eaters. Here are some fascinating examples.

Bald Cats, Putin, Homer and Algorithms

David Sable | Posted 07.13.2013 | Media
David Sable

Bottom line -- learn -- learn from the greats. Don't fall into the conceit that the fabulous technology we have today has created a revolution in human behavior.

Five Classic Books Every Smart Person Should Read

Nathan Harden | Posted 09.05.2012 | Books
Nathan Harden

Great literature, because it asks big questions and communicates big ideas, stays relevant, even if it is very old. You will be richer, wiser, and smarter if you make classic literature a regular part of your life.

9 Gorgeous 'Odyssey' Illustrations

Posted 08.30.2012 | Books

Homer's illustrious language may bring scenes from his epic poem, "The Odyssey," to life, but looking at art inspired by the story is still a fun extr...

Ancient Greece In Modern Chicago!?

Posted 02.24.2012 | Arts

Do you feel as if you were born in the wrong era? Do you watch "Hercules" on repeat? Act out "The Odyssey" by yourself? Have too much fun at toga part...

In Praise of the Novella

Dave Astor | Posted 11.01.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

A novella can be read in only a few hours, yet the best ones pack almost the same punch as much longer works of fiction.

Art and Adventure: A Manifesto for Women and Grrrls

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 10.24.2011 | Women
Mary Pauline Lowry

We as women and girls can't just demand more interesting and engaging female characters. We have waited too long already. We have to write the books and -- if necessary -- publish them ourselves.

WATCH: Sassy Gay Friend Goes Greek

Posted 09.11.2011 | Comedy

Sassy Gay Friend is back, and this time he's coming to the rescue of Odysseus from Homer's "The Odyssey." It seems that the book could have been a who...

PHOTOS Bloomsday 2011: What Will People Be Doing This Year To Celebrate?

Posted 08.16.2011 | Books

Every year on June 16th, James Joyce lovers celebrate Bloomsday to commemorate his modernist masterpiece "Ulysses." "Ulysses" chronicles a day, June 1...

Classic Book Covers Get Artistic Makeovers

flavorwire.com | Posted 06.21.2011 | Books

For the past seven years, Katie Cromwell and Jensen Carp at Gallery 1988 have been showcasing pop culture-themed artwork to a new generation of LA res...

Better Book Titles For Greek Classics: What 'The Odyssey' SHOULD Have Been Titled

Dan Wilbur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dan Wilbur

Whether you dabbled in Euripides during college, or spend hours each day reciting Homer in the original Greek, these new titles will trim the fat and reveal whole stories in a single image!

Favorite Rereads: What Do You Come Back To Time And Time Again? (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Zoe Triska | Posted 09.26.2011 | Books

Author François Mauriac once said, "Tell me what you read and I'll tell you who you are' is true enough, but I'd know you better if you told me what ...

A Computer Won Jeopardy, But Can A Computer Write Literature?

slate.com | John Swansburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Around this time last year, I reviewed Zachary Mason's The Lost Books of the Odyssey. The conceit of the novel is that it's actually a translation of ...

Blessed Are Those Who Enter: Sukkot, Hospitality and Home

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Angela Himsel

Sukkot is the holiday that most centers around guests and emphasizes hospitality. This is ironic since a sukkah is a temporary dwelling, not one's home at all.