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Top 10 British Pubs In Literature

The Guardian | Richard Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

After setting his latest novel in an English pub, Richard Francis drops in on his favourite literary drinking dens, from the Tabard in Chaucer's Cante...

Wherefore Theater? Why Is the Ancient Art Still Here?

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

With every kind of digital distraction, and ever cheaper and more convenient ways to entertain oneself, what is theater doing here? Wherefore bother with theater?

The Bard on Baseball

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Ken Adelman

Baseball season has opened with great fanfare and fun. It's a myth that Shakespeare knew about "our national pastime," but it's likewise a myth that Abner Doubleday invented it.

Shakespeare Thief Says He Was Framed

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Scott, who denies theft, handling, and transporting stolen goods, told police he would not have taken a book he knew to be stolen to the world's forem...

Bard Blog -- The Bad & Good of Aging

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Adelman

The passing of Robert Byrd at 92 -- having represented West Virginia in the Senate for a stunning half-century plus -- turns the mind to that age-old obsession of aging.

Bard Blog on Financial Reform in the Senate

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ken Adelman

Republicans smear Democrats for massive government spending, rightly claiming as Shakespeare foresaw, "They are spending again what is already spent!" (Sonnet LXXVI).

Dead Poets Society Founder Wants To Start Dead Poets Remembrance Day

AP | DAVID SHARP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

PORTLAND, Maine — A former teacher who founded the Dead Poets Society of America and traveled 15,000 miles to document the graves of poets has a...

Shakespeare's Birthday: 7 Of The Most Famous Shakespeare Quotes (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Shakespeare's birthday is being celebrated today around the world, though no one knows for sure the date that the bard was born. By many accounts, how...

One Villain at a Time

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Philip Neches

The biggest difference from the health care debate is that the finance reform has the benefit of a clear villain: the banks. It is always easier to position against something than for it.

Shakespeare's Birthday: Is The Bard Disappearing From Classrooms?

Telegraph UK | Anthony Seldon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Forget the election, the Clegg bounces and the Brown gyrations. Blank out Icelandic volcanoes and flight disruptions. For today is the happy conjuncti...

Talk Like Shakespeare Day Celebrated Today

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley announced that Friday, April 23, Shakespeare's 446th Birthday, will be Talk Like Shakespeare Day, an occasion for citiz...

Nabokov vs. Hemingway, Byron vs. Keats, Bronte vs. Austen: The 50 Best Best Author vs. Author Disses Of All Time

Examiner | Michelle Kerns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Yes, hell hath no fury like one author gleefully savaging another author's work. And, lucky for us, there's plenty to be had where that came from. ...

Bard Blog on Money & Lobbyists

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Adelman

All the money does usually yield an audience with Members, as the Bard correctly says in Merry Wives of Windsor, "If money go before, all ways do lie open," and in Cymberline, "'Tis gold which buys admittance."

Shakespeare Thief Arrives For Court In Silver Limo

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

LONDON — A flashy British book dealer accused of stealing a rare first edition of Shakespeare's plays appeared for trial Wednesday in a silver l...

Bard Blog: Sports Mania

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Ken Adelman

"What's the news?" one character asks another in As You Like It. The answer entails "much good sport." Celia then asks, "Sport! of what color? Nowadays, of all colors.

Bard Blog on Supreme Court Selections

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Adelman

Forsooth! Justice Stevens has made a bigger impact on the Court than anyone expected when President Ford appointed him.

Martin Amis's 'The Pregnant Widow' Is A 'Strange, Sparkling Novel' (New York Review)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

More Lad Than Bad Edmund White The New York Review of Books "The Pregnant Widow" by Martin Amis Knopf, 370 pp., $26.95 "The Pregnant Widow" begins ...

Snarclight: A Portrait of a Hollywood Usher

Ali MacLean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ali MacLean

We appreciate you choosing Arclight. And may I add that I personally appreciate you choosing to see this fine piece of cinematic history. I trained at RADA and now I wear a polyester vest. Keep it up, folks.

Bard Blog -- Israel's Critics & Perspective

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Adelman

So my most humble advise to the Israeli cabinet would be "Brush up your Shakespeare" and think more broadly -- move from a narrow-gauged Henry IVth to a wider track Henry Vth perspective.

Pranks Gone Too Far in Shakespeare and South Hadley

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Adelman

The bullying and abuse the Bard portrays in the torment of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was done by nine teenagers in South Hadley, Mass. against high school freshman Phoebe Prince.

'Othello': The Sassy Gay Friend Version (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Even in his comedies, Shakespeare had to make everything dramatic. And who loves drama more than sassy, gay men? In Shakespeare's "Othello," Desdemon...

In Writing, Art, And Music, Everybody Steals

David Shields | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Shields

The citation of sources belongs to the realms of journalism and scholarship, not art. Citation domesticates the work, flattens it, denudes, it, robs it of its excitement, risk, danger.

The Bard Blog

Ken Adelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Adelman

Much ado about something -- a bill of more than 2,000 pages, with sundry amendments of up to 383 pages. Both the legislation and its process reflect Macbeth's quip: "Confusion hath made his masterpiece."

The Best Teachers Left Behind, Part II

Seth Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Seth Freeman

The lack of adequate funding might be the single biggest thing that is wrong with our schools, but an additional and insidious problem is that the very best teachers are often not appreciated.

Glenn Beck's Alcoholism and CPAC

Stanton Peele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanton Peele

Glenn Beck hit two themes of interest to a psychologist in his keynote speech to a conservative audience at CPAC -- his idyllic family life, and his a...