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"Of Mice and Men

Leighton Meester Asks, Is 'Of Mice and Men' A Feminst Tract?

Leighton Meester | Posted 07.15.2014 | Arts
Leighton Meester

If Steinbeck's woman character is purely a victim, why is she so hated? And if she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening? Without question, it was a commentary on the social climate at the time, which still surprisingly applies today.

The Day I Met James Franco: Insights from Instagram's Everyman, Plus the Inspirational Video That Every College Student Has to See

Tywan Wade | Posted 06.11.2014 | College
Tywan Wade

Of all his 32 years, James Franco has become this generation's definitive inspirational scholar and this video validates that statement to the 10th power. For years, I've watched this video whenever I needed a bit of a boost of inspiration.

Interview: Richard Ayoade Seeing Double

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gloomy, claustrophobic and haunting, Richard Ayoade's second film, The Double, has been described by some as a dark comedy, a label that leaves Ayoade scratching his distinctive head.

Stage Door: Of Mice and Men, Casa Valentina

Fern Siegel | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

From the moment George (James Franco) and Lennie (Chris O'Dowd) walk on stage, they are mesmerizing. John Steinbeck's searing novella about two itinerant ranch hands, Of Mice and Men, is now a first-rate Broadway revival.

Ben Brantley Is Asking For It

Daisy Eagan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
Daisy Eagan

Nearly every woman I know has a story of being harassed, followed, threatened, frightened or raped. In 100 percent of these cases these women, however they may have been dressed, whatever state of sobriety or inebriation they were in, whether they were "slatternly" or well-groomed, were not "asking for it."

Grammy and Tony Award Nominated Brandon Victor Dixon is on Broadway in MOTOWN: The Musical

Ilana Rapp | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Don't ask Brandon Victor Dixon what sleep is, because he doesn't know the answer. In 2013, Brandon formed WalkRunFly Productions with friend Warren Adams.

First Nighter: Franco, O'Dowd, Meester Distinguish Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'

David Finkle | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Plucking the dialogue pretty much verbatim from his best-selling book, Steinbeck handily transferred his tale to the stage. Again George and Lennie -- traveling together like the scores of other bindlestiffs scouring California's Salinas Valley (Steinbeck's version of William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County) for work -- arrive at a farm for barley bucking activity.

Happy Birthday, John Steinbeck!

Carl Fillichio | Posted 04.29.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

One of America's greatest authors, John Steinbeck, was born on this day in 1902. He won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize. Two of his works, "The Grapes of Wrath" and "Of Mice and Men," are on the U.S. Department of Labor's list of Books that Shaped Work in America. And for good reason.

This Is What The 'Of Mice And Men' Cast Will Look Like On Broadway

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Norton will join James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in the Broadway revival of "Of Mice and Men." Producers said Monday that Norton,...

James Franco To Star In Broadway's 'Of Mice And Men'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — James Franco and Chris O'Dowd will make their Broadway debuts next year as unlikely friends in a stage adaptation of "Of Mice and Me...

Thug Notes Gets Real With 'Of Mice and Men'

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Comedy

In this continuing, and surprisingly sophisticated, critical examination of classic literature with Sparky Sweets, PhD, Thug Notes gets your laugh and...

Your Ultimate High School Reading List

Posted 02.20.2013 | Teen

It's not always fun to read when it's required for school, but once in a while a special piece of literature will bring out our inner book-worm and ge...

The 10 Most Important Life Lessons From High School Required Reading

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.04.2013 | Teen

The most important things you take away from high school are generally learned outside the classroom -- chances are, you won't remember anything from ...

WATCH: The Bane of Banned Books

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.01.2012 | Books
Bill Moyers

Even in this modern day and age, some folks in communities across America are saying: "No. That Book ISN'T For You" and for reasons that have nothing to do with the community, the school, or the reader -- and everything to do with prejudice.

You Can't Fix Stupid

George Heymont | Posted 06.16.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

One of the most memorable characters in American literature is stupid in the oldest and truest sense of the word. Although he appears to be warm, human, and inhabits the body of a man, his mind and personality never progressed past childhood.

12 Book Titles That Came From Poems

| Posted 03.08.2012 | Books

By Gabe Habash for PWxyz: Sometimes a book title is a no-brainer. "Herzog." "Mating." "Cujo." But sometimes writers get directly inspired by other ...

Tony Danza Reminds me of... Me

Elory Rozner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Elory Rozner

Teach Tony Danza is not a rigorous investigation of our education system. But the show does a nice job spotlighting some of the complexities of teaching and the keen awareness students have of their learning environment.

Rep. Steve Cohen: Sarah Palin Made John McCain Look Like "A Captured Soldier in North Vietnam"

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Certainly we don't see much of that maverick John McCain who was brave enough to be bipartisan anymore. There is definitely something to Rep. Cohen's observation that the roles have reversed since the presidential campaign.

Artist Angela Dufresne On Recreating History

Kimberly Brooks | Posted 02.15.2012 | Arts
Kimberly Brooks

Angela Dufresne, The Bruno S Island Acting School and the S House, Paris, France, 2006, oil on canvas, 66 by 108 inches. Courtesy of the artist and M...