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If Shakespeare Had Twitter

Josh Barrie | Posted 06.11.2012 | Technology
Josh Barrie

It's hard to imagine what it would be like to follow Shakespeare. While these poems are a far cry from his escalated word-smithery, they are still very entertaining.

To Be or Not to Be

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 05.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Denise M. Wilbanks

Anyone who has traveled the rocky roads of self-transformation can tell you that embarking on a journey of discovery is not for the faint at heart. It requires a warrior's heart and a fierce determination to conquer the unknown.

Truth, Lies and the Allure of Fact-based Journalism

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.21.2012 | Media
Robert Teitelman

He borrows the power of the truth business to create drama. He's like the politician that lies about his résumé. But is the lying pol better or worse than the demagogue who speaks from the heart?

'Beware The Ides Of March,' And 8 Other Bad Omens In Literature

Posted 03.15.2012 | Books

March 15 is a day to be wary of, as we're taught by high school English teachers and the Bard himself. In William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," a...

Musing About Muses (Part 1)

Irene Tanner | Posted 05.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Irene Tanner

Do you realize that we all have an intuitive muse available to us? All we have to do is extend an invitation.

Pierce the Mist

Tamsin Smith | Posted 05.13.2012 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

For me, poetry is indeed the key that unlocks. I'd forgotten how long that's been true.

Shakespeare and the GOP's Comedy of Errors

Emily Sloan-Pace | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Emily Sloan-Pace

As the next round of voting approaches, four characters (in every sense of the word) remain in the hunt for the nomination: Romney, Gingrich, Santorum and Paul. This has left me wondering how would these four very different competitors do in Shakespeare's world, and where would they feel most at home?

Measure for Mis-Measure with New York City Teacher Assessments

Alan Singer | Posted 05.07.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

Maybe New Yorkers can find a way to force Cuomo and Bloomberg to be honest about the politicalization of education in New York City and State and its negative impact on schools, teachers, and children.

PHOTOS: March 1 Means Welsh Pride

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.01.2012 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

The two opposing uniforms were so similar that St. David commanded his soldiers to wear a leek on their helmets. Since then, the leek has been a symbol of Wales.

When Are We Old?

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.25.2012 | Fifty
Alan Elsner

The advent of another birthday recently prompted me to ask myself: At what age does a person stop getting older and actually become old? In other words, when does old age begin?

The Man Who Impersonated Shakespeare

Kathryn James | Posted 04.25.2012 | Books
Kathryn James

The known biographical facts about the glover's son from the small midland English market town of Stratford-upon-Avon frustrate our desire for a robust biography of the author of the works that have become, as Arthur Murphy wrote in 1753, "a lay bible."

What Would Hamlet, the Queen of Pop, Die Antwoord and Machiavelli Do Together?

Annie Fabricant | Posted 04.17.2012 | Arts
Annie Fabricant

As a theater maker, how do you generate toe-curling drama, excitement and intrigue for an audience whose hitherto experience of Hamlet is loaded with memories, associations and scrutiny?

Is This The Real Source Of Shakespeare's Genius?

Posted 01.31.2012 | Home

Read a line from a William Shakespeare play and notice the cadence with which you speak. All of those breaths and pauses from the commas and semicolon...

Richard III and His Arab Heirs

Shai Baitel | Posted 03.20.2012 | World
Shai Baitel

This transformative period in the Middle East will have tremendous consequences not only for the region but also for us in the West. Will Islamists once in power change their colors? I am not optimistic. The lesson of Richard III remains relevant as a cautionary tale.

The Other English William

David Teems | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
David Teems

While it certainly deserves the attention, truth is, the King James Bible gets the applause that rightfully belongs to William Tyndale, who translated the first English New Testament 85 years before the first printing of the King James.

Book Smart Street Art

Posted 01.18.2012 | Arts

When you look at a Shakespeare play you may see many things: a masterpiece, a classic, or a headache, but Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival), s...

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.

Blaze Your Own Trail!

Irene Tanner | Posted 02.25.2012 | Home
Irene Tanner

Picture this: I am 16 years old attending my first English 101 class at Women's College, University of North Carolina. Our professor is Elizabeth Bowe...

Amy Lee

Does Shakespeare's Bleakest Play Work For Children?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home

"So great is the suffering depicted in Shakespeare's 'King Lear' that one has trouble finding the words to write about it," begins the Folger Shakespe...

Much Ado About 'Juan Huevos' And 'Jose Frijoles'

The Huffington Post | Ray Sanchez | Posted 12.18.2011 | Latino Voices

The unfortunately named characters Juan Huevos and Jose Frijoles in a new version of "Much Ado About Nothing" at Washington D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre...

Don't Laugh: Norm Macdonald Loves Shakespeare

Adult Swim | Posted 02.14.2012 | Weird News

Comedian Norm Macdonald is known for his cutting-edge humor, but, backstage, his undying love is classic literature. Yep, a guy who is fond of the ...

Theater: Titus Andronicus as Bloody and Boring as Ever

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.12.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Whether it's the Julie Taymor film version or the numerous other productions from the past, I've never seen a satisfying Titus.

Smithsonian Digs Out Alexander Graham Bell Recordings From 1880s (PHOTOS)

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.12.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Alexander Graham Bell foresaw many things, including that people could someday talk over a telephone. Yet the inventor certainly never c...

Kevin Spacey Scolds Audience As Richard III

Posted 12.08.2011 | Arts

Kevin Spacey is receiving critical acclaim for more than just his scripted performance in the Sam Mendes production of Shakespeare's Richard III. The ...

Shakespeare, Popular Culture And Religiously Motivated Censorship

Michael Gilmour | Posted 02.01.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Shakespeare captures such things as the joys of romantic love, religious hypocrisy, existential despair, and fear of the grave. He teaches us what it means to be human.