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The Most Literate Generation: Wattpad & the Power of Social Reading

Ondi Timoner | Posted 04.15.2014 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

The next time you hear someone say "no one reads anymore," show them Wattpad. With more than 20 million users, Wattpad is the world's largest community for readers and writers, and to the consternation of traditional publishing -- entirely free.

Missing My Irish Grandmother

Abra Deering Norton | Posted 03.17.2014 | Women
Abra Deering Norton

My grandmother was born around 1912. She came of age before and during the Great Depression and despite being from a modest background, she (and most of my family tree) were all educated women who spoke multiple languages and played the piano.

My Incredible Experience With Ancestry.com

John Blumenthal | Posted 03.09.2014 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

Now that I'm over 50, I've become particularly curious about my lineage. I didn't much care about it when I was in my 20s, 30s or 40s but I now feel a strong urge to learn about my roots. Am I distantly related to Lincoln or Gandhi or Dickens or Attila the Hun? Okay, Attila the Hun might be a stretch.

Serial Novels: Modern Torture or the Best Way to Read Fiction?

Maya Rodale | Posted 03.10.2014 | Books
Maya Rodale

Everything old is new again. What began as a nineteenth century publishing practice is now seeing a resurgence thanks to digital technology.

Hoping For A Second Chance In Life

George Heymont | Posted 02.26.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Who among us hasn't thought of a pivotal moment in life for which he wished he had been granted a do-over? Who hasn't looked back in anger (or regret) and wished for a second chance that might have led to better results?

13 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Coined By Authors

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 02.20.2014 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

Shakespeare isn't the be-all and end-all of course (that's another of his by the way). English has had its fair share of literary giants over the years who, from Chaucer and Milton to Dickens and even Dr. Seuss, have each contributed words to our language.

To See By Common Light

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a scientist, always striving to see outside the tunnel, to apply the proper blend of skepticism and open-mindedness, that I write today to recommend a work of fiction as a source of surprising light.

Talking Union

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 04.12.2014 | Media
Lionel Rolfe

Now Bernstein is gone, and the Times apparently has no one left who can or would be allowed to write intelligently about labor. Despite what you might think, Hollywood is not the only economic driver of Los Angeles.

Charles Dickens's Mysterious Childhood

Ruth Richardson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Ruth Richardson

The hype about Charles Dickens's secret late-life love affair and the new movie The Invisible Woman is everywhere. But parts of Dickens's own childhood seems to have been curiously invisible too - so well-hidden that they are only now coming to light.

Rediscovering the Power of Story: One Actor, Making Magic

Monica Bauer | Posted 03.29.2014 | Arts
Monica Bauer

There's a time and a place to see The Lion King, and a time and a place to sit in a small theater, inches away from a great actor, who brings you face to face with nature, red in tooth and claw.

The Goldfinch and the Art of Reading

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 03.24.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

Ah! The joys and tribulations of being surrounded by stacks of books at my bedside, my husband's bedside, books tucked into every available nook and cranny, piled high on every tabletop and stacked double on every shelf, making it impossible to navigate around safely.

Some Like It Raw

George Heymont | Posted 03.01.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

It's easy to reach a point where one no longer wishes to attend performances of The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, Handel's Messiah, or Hansel and Gretel because repetition has dulled the thrill.

Ralph Fiennes' Invisible Woman: Felicity Jones

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Invisibility is perhaps desirable if you are going to be the mistress of one of the most popular writers of all time. The story of Charles Dickens' mi...

Matthew Jacobs

The Strangest Christmas Gift Ever Given To Felicity Jones

HuffingtonPost.com | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.23.2013 | Entertainment

Felicity Jones has starred alongside some of Hollywood's most buzzed about young actors, including Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and E...

The Ghost of Christmas Present: Who Will Care for Our Children This Christmas?

Clark Power | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Clark Power

In Scrooge's comfortable moral world, parents are responsible for their "own" children. The Ghost of Christmas Present reveals that these wretched children belong to him and to us all. "They are Man's." These are our children, and we are all responsible for their future, which is ours.

The Five Days of Christmas: Gifts for America

Brad Harrington | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business
Brad Harrington

I know what you're thinking. Isn't the song called "The Twelve Days of Christmas"? Yes, but again this year, I'm getting started with only five shoppi...

What Christmas Means to Me

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 02.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Lillie Leonardi

In this lifetime, I have learned that Christmas magic is powerful, but the power in our hearts is even more magical.  Our ability to love one another, to renew our faith and bring hope into our lives and the lives of others, are the greatest of gifts to bestow and receive.

Alice -- Wotcha! Gotcha! Alice?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 02.17.2014 | Arts
C. M. Rubin

Wotcha! Gotcha!, a very British style of pantomime (or panto), is all set to delight and entertain audiences at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, N.J., this week. I had the opportunity to chat with producer/writer Gareth Jones.

What Makes a City Great?

Martin Kleinman | Posted 02.17.2014 | New York
Martin Kleinman

Perhaps, our New York pride prevents some of us from admitting much of what de Blasio shone his harsh light upon during his campaign.

First Nighter: Five-Actor Christmas Carol, One-Actor-Singer Love, Linda, Four-Actor Handle With Care

David Finkle | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

I left two hours and a few minutes later all but convinced I'd just seen the best adaptation of the Charles Dickens seasonal classic I'd ever seen.

ACT's Christmas Carol Delivers Energy and Scale but Little Heart

Leo Stutzin | Posted 02.16.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Familiar lines alone don't re-create the magical, morality-driven adventure that Charles Dickens published in 1843, and left to the ages. That narrative flickers between bright and bleak aspects of human experience, both personal and social.

Before Anyone Has a Cow Over Christmas...

Kimann Schultz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Kimann Schultz

My question is this: Where is the Spirit of Christmas in aggressively posited greetings, especially when done with the intention not to spread good will but to antagonize?

Theater: Daniel Kitson Returns; Musical "Oliver!" Needs More

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Michael Giltz

It's a good-natured show brimming with some of the shakiest British accents this side of Dick Van Dyke. But the musical numbers by Lionel Bart couldn't be catchier and it's one of the handsomest productions the Papermill has ever created.

Stage Door: A Christmas Carol

Fern Siegel | Posted 01.28.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Dickens, a fierce critic of the Victorian class system and the treatment of the poor, marries social realism to sentimentality here. It succeeds in this crisp rendition because Scrooge's ethical awakening isn't forced.

JFK and the Unspeakable as a 'Comic' Book -- A Good Thing?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.26.2014 | Books
Jerry Ashton

One man in particular feels that what has been missing to this point has been a rendering of a major book in graphic novel. That person is Seth Reuben Jacobson, co-author along with the illustrator, Oliver Hine.