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President Kennedy's False Legacy

Randy Shaw | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Randy Shaw

John Kennedy's role in building his brothers' political careers was his greatest contribution to social change. Robert and Ted's political development after JFK's death offers a great model for politician-activist relationships, and the credit is all theirs.

Impossible Dreams

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

While it's possible that those who aspire to less enjoy life more, I have no doubt that every generation of humanity has had its ass kicked by reality.

Reflecting on Al Andalus: Living Legacies and the Power of Myth

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.17.2013 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Probing the history of Al Andalus is a reminder that myths have powerful holds on cultures and identities, both good and bad.

Review: Show Boat Is Sensational at Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 07.23.2013 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Washington National Opera's Show Boat will depart the Kennedy Center Opera House soon, but if you can scare up a ticket you shouldn't miss this quintessential American musical, lovingly and movingly staged by Francesca Zambello, WNO's artistic director.

Mad Men: Are You Not Entertained?

William Bradley | Posted 06.23.2013 | TV
William Bradley

Will Mad Men regain the acclaim that made it the best drama on television? Based on the response to To Have and To Hold, so far the answer would have to be no.

The Faerie Month of May: Faerie Festivals and May Celebrations

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.20.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Today's Maytime Faerie Festivals, including Spoutwood Farm's May Day Fairie Festival, the Maryland Faerie Festival, and the New York Faerie Festival, are outgrowths of this vibrant May tradition. They feature kings and queens, Maypole dances, flower garlands and beautiful costumes.

Capturing Camelot

Kitty Kelley | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Kitty Kelley

For those alive in 1963 this month casts a shadow of sadness as we recall where we were on November 22 when we heard about the president's assassination.

In Defense of Camelot

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
SaraKay Smullens

In the escalating political climate of ugliness, division, disregard for educational opportunity, and religious unrest and confusion, a new book has ...

How Obama's Presidency Mirrors JFK's

New York | Frank Rich | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics

Thanksgiving week is a milestone for Barack Obama, but not one that many are likely to commemorate. The president who seemed poised to inherit John F....

Hemingway at War, America in Crisis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

We can read about the carnage of war in A Farewell to Arms, and the power of great aspirations in For Whom the Bell Tolls, and consider what each of us can do in our times by remembering what Ernest Hemingway and so many others did in theirs.

50 Years After JFK...

Peter Savodnik | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Peter Savodnik

President Obama is the most Kennedyesque president we've had since John F. Kennedy. Once upon a time, this was a great asset. That no longer looks to be the case.

Spring Thaw 2011: Television Finally Comes to Life

Ed Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ed Martin

Is April the new September? The official season may have been an only sporadically satisfying slog so far, but a host of uncommonly ambitious programs are about to make spring the new fall.

Obama and the Significance of the JFK Inaugural 50 Years On

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Why, 50 years after the fact, did official Washington celebrate the inauguration of a most imperfect man who served less than one term as president, a...

Let's Bring Back: The MAD MEN Edition (PHOTOS, POLL)

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Lesley M. M. Blume

The Mad Men world makes a fetish of ornamentation and deifies mysterious artifice; our culture prizes an apathetic informality and rewards the tackiest forms of extroversion.

Letters to Juliet...from Camelot

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Maria Rodale

A while back I went to see a romantic comedy with my 13-year-old daughter Eve and we saw a preview for Letters to Juliet. It looked like a good movie,...

Movie review: Letters to Juliet

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard not to respond emotionally to the big moments in Letters to Juliet, in spite of the fact that they've already been given away in the trailer...

How Confident are Boomer Consumers?

Carol Orsborn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carol Orsborn

In light of the deteriorating Consumer Confidence Index, Wall Street should worry less about Boomers' level of consumer confidence and more about our degree of consumer denial.

Obama Strikes Back -- First Year Agenda, Phase III

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael B. Laskoff

Phase III: Obama Strikes Back. The Republicans are still leaderless and teabaggers have hung up their Lipton for the winter. Meanwhile, two-thirds of Americans still want health care reform.

Tantalizing Tunes: A Fall Handful of Hit Performances

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marissa Bronfman

From Tchaikovsky to Broadway, Butterfly to Frankie Valli and Shalom, Toronto is truly alive with The Sound of Music!

Ted Kennedy Was the Man of La Mancha

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

John F. Kennedy was America's King Arthur, then Teddy was its Don Quixote, a man that spent much of his political career following his own impossible dream -- health care for all.

Senator Ted Kennedy: American Patriot

George Mitrovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Mitrovich

Against his family history Senator Ted Kennedy never wavered from his profound commitment to public service, of his consuming desire to serve America and the public interest.

Camelot will never Die with the Lion's Roar

Francesca Biller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francesca Biller

With the beautiful Kennedy brothers now all at rest, the high principles, steady hand and well-earned sweat of their life's work will never be lost and never will die.

BAMELOT? See How The Obamas Resemble The Kennedys (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

From stylish first ladies to two young children, the Obamas and the Kennedys have a fair share in common. Here's a look at how closely the two familie...

Mad Men Returns: The '60s Advertising Drama Is A Time Tunnel To the Present

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
William Bradley

There are a number of ways to view Mad Men. For my own part, I can take it as a period piece, a sort of time capsule of the early '60s, at once relatively close yet far enough away to be intriguing for its unfamiliarity.

Interview with Merlin's Bradley James

Jenna Busch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jenna Busch

"I swing a sword round, for Christ's sake," said James. "It's a bit of a boy's dream, really."