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Strangers on a Train

Francis Levy | Posted 03.04.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Coleridge famously scribbled "the motive-hunting ofmotiveless Malignity" about Othello in his copy of Shakespeare's works. Bruno Anthony (Robert Walke...

Marco Vratogna Is Sensational as Rigoletto at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Still in his thirties, a lion-hearted Leo, Vratogna is that rare breed of natural dramatic baritone who owns the vocal prowess and seductive appeal of the alpha male so predominant in the Verdi repertoire.

Another Iago at Work in Oak Creek Massacre

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.05.2012 | Crime
Robert David Jaffee

Most mass shooting gunmen live not necessarily in a world of psychosis but rather by an ethos of hatred and sadism. These killers adhere to the philosophy of Iago, who proclaims "I am not what I am," a nihilistic credo that attempts to refute Yahweh's life-affirming "I am what I am" code.

The Best Villain Ever?

David Snodin | Posted 03.07.2012 | Books
David Snodin

To begin with, he talks to you - yes, you. Not at you, like most soliloquisers, or to everyone in general, or to himself (Hamlet being the best exemplar of that). It's as if he's putting a hand to the side of his mouth, drawing you close.

Actor Josh Hartnett Toys With Swordplay in Bunraku and Lives to Discuss It

Brad Balfour | Posted 11.29.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Balfour

Through Bunraku, an archly-stylized swordplay fantasy, Josh Hartnett returns to the genre spotlight. This computer-enhanced tale revolves around a "Man with No Name," and draws heavily on Samurai and Western tropes in an alternate-world dystopia.

The Wire Tangles With Shakespeare

Ben Arogundade | Posted 11.13.2011 | Entertainment
Ben Arogundade

The link between The Wire and the works of Shakespeare has been a popular strand amongst both fans of the show and critics alike, ever since it was first aired on U.S. screens back in June of 2002.

Most Evil Book Villains: Readers Reveal Their Favorites

Posted 07.18.2011 | Books

Yesterday, Random House (@randomhouse) tweeted, "The #NY rain is making us feel slightly evil, which brings us to ask. Who is your favorite villain in...

David Brooks: Soft in the Head

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

In his latest column, David Brooks is being a typical postmodern Republican: shameless, Bismarckian, and contemptuous of communitarians.

Brush up Your Shakespeare! (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Shakespeare's plays have been the stuff of inspiration for playwrights, composers, and film directors. Here are a few of the best and worst attempts to re-imagine the Bard.