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There's No Place Like Home: Kathleen Sorbello Discenna Is Preserving the OZ Legacy in Central NY!

Peter Mac | Posted 09.02.2014 | New York
Peter Mac

In a world where we are so quick to toss aside the "old" and the antiquated without even a brief recognition of preservation and gentrification, Kathleen Sorbello-Discenna is a living example that we can preserve our rich history.

Top 10 Wizard of Oz Destinations

Cheapflights | Posted 07.15.2014 | Travel
Cheapflights

In celebration of this classic piece of cinematic history, and in honor of L. Frank Baum's birthday on May 15, we tracked down 10 Wizard of Oz destinations every Oz fan should visit.

The Wizard of Oz and Innocence Lost

Jay Scarfone | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

Unfortunately, it seems the latest return to Oz sounds it keeping with our culture's taste for the amplification and perversion of nearly everything. Regrettably, even The Wizard of Oz isn't immune from our culture's apparent erosion of innocence. It should be remembered, though, that in 1939, MGM's version of Oz was technically a remake.

The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Honors Our Literary Giants

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.03.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Every year, six critical writers who hailed from Chicago at least during some point in their careers are heralded posthumously for the important works that left their mark on future generations of writers and artists.

Want To Catch A Glimpse Of A Flying Monkey?

AP | CLARKE CANFIELD | Posted 10.14.2013 | Arts

ROCKLAND, Maine -- ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Far from Kansas, far from any yellow brick road and all the way to Maine, fans of "The Wizard of Oz" can c...

The Wisdom of Oz: Building Brains, Cultivating Courage, and Heeding Your Heart

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.23.2013 | Entertainment
BJ Gallagher

Every once in a great while, a metaphorical story comes along that captures the human experience in such a perfect way that it becomes an eternal classic.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned From The Wizard of Oz

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.12.2013 | Entertainment
BJ Gallagher

Baum's timeless tale has staying power because it has all the elements of ancient myth ­-- its powerful, compelling, dramatic storyline speaks to something deep inside us all.

Group Aims To Save Home With 'Wizard Of Oz' Tie

AP | Posted 10.08.2013 | Books

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — If it weren't for one home in Syracuse, there would be no Wizard of Oz. That's the contention of the Lyman Frank Baum Foundati...

South Dakota Public Radio flunks on two counts

Tim Giago | Posted 07.19.2013 | Politics
Tim Giago

South Dakota Public Radio flunks on two counts Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © Unity South Dakota It is ironic that when e...

Hit and Myth

Laura Shamas, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
Laura Shamas, Ph.D.

Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful is one of the biggest blockbusters of the year to date. I can't claim to be an Oz expert, although as a child I di...

PHOTOS: New 'Wizard Of Oz' Edition Offers Fresh Take On Classic

Posted 03.20.2013 | Books

We recently interview Michael Sieben about his cover art and illustrations for Harper Design's new edition of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of ...

Joe Roth Reflects on Oz The Great and Powerful, Looks Forward to Maleficent in 2014

Jim Hill | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It's every screenwriter's nightmare. To be in the office of one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, pitching all of your script ideas. Only to then have that mover-and-shaker repeatedly say "Nope. Not interested." But that's exactly what happened back in 2009 to poor Mitchell Kapner.

Movie Review: Oz, the Great and Powerful

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.04.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

James Franco, the Energizer bunny of actors, plays Oscar Diggs, a small-time magician in a second-rate traveling circus first seen doing his show to a small crowd in the black-and-white Kansas of the early 20th Century.

Book Titles That May Not Be Ideal

Dave Astor | Posted 09.25.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

If you can't judge a book by its cover, can you judge a book by its title? I ask that because there are some novels with a title character who is not the most prominent or interesting person in the book.

Huffpost Readers' Picks: What Book From Childhood Can't You Forget? (PHOTOS)

Posted 07.16.2011 | Books

Most of us remember that time in our childhood when we picked up a book that we just couldn't put down. Our imaginations were such that it transported...

A Visit to Castle Rock

Nick Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Carr

You may have seen it from the road in Garrison, NY: a fairy tale-like castle poking out from the trees at the top of a mountain. It may have been L. Frank Baum's inspiration for the castle in the Wizard of Oz.

The Moral of the Story Is...

Jilly Gagnon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Jilly Gagnon

Allow me to fill you in on all the dangerous, deadly, evil subtexts to your favorite fond memories...so that you'll never be so foolish as to enjoy them for what they are on their faces, again!

Bumper Stickers, Lapel Pins and Sound Bytes, Oh My!

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Susan Corso

Perhaps Obama might take a page out of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? What he needs to be a great leader are three things he has developed over the years of his public service.

Presidential Politics at the Heart of the Yellow Brick Road

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Karen Dalton-Beninato

There's still a sense of optimism running through the downstate city of Bloomington, Illinois, where Abraham Lincoln spent much of his career as a young attorney.