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'Shylock' Al Pacino Stunningly Good In 'Merchant'

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Though he appears in only a handful of scenes, Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" is perhaps William Shakespeare's most thorny chara...

New Year's Resolutions Don't Work... Unless You Ask for Help

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James M. Lynch

If you are ending the year with anything less than a "Wow, what a year," then the change you really need to make this year is to enlist help and support to achieve your goals. Shared goals are more likely to happen.

Henry Kissinger: Moral Midget Destined for Obscurity

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

At key points in his ego-driven career, Henry Kissinger was confronted with a choice between power and moral principle. He chose power, and became a moral dwarf.

The Biblical Definitions Of The Pursuit Of Happiness

Philip Reynolds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Reynolds

How should we construe the right to pursue happiness? The problem is that the words "happy" and "happiness" are used today in variety of interrelated but distinct senses.

Congresswoman Harman's Afghan Delusions

Bruce Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Jane Harman should be ashamed that she has voted to send U.S. troops to risk their last full measure of devotion on behalf of a corrupt, illegitimate, lawless Afghan government for reasons a schoolchild could discern are fatuous.

The Quality of Mercy

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

The church that's my current spiritual home is putting together a short devotional booklet for the upcoming season. And, yes, in case you're wondering...

Unfilmable Books

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Books and movies have gone hand-in-hand since Hollywood's very beginnings. Some of its greatest triumphs--"The Godfather," "Gone With The Wind," "The ...

Bill Shakespeare Tops Bill O'Reilly in Popularity

Patricia Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Patricia Martin

Shakespeare's still hot, rocking the #4 slot in most Facebook fans. Saucy lad! Bill S., not Bill O. Now who's the freshest one of all? Turns out the dead guy is.

Defiant Daughter Emerges in Harlem Renaissance Era Drama

Len Hollie | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Hollie

A distinctly New York play finally lands in the city when Knock Me A Kiss, by playwright Charles Smith, begins previews Thursday in its Off-Broadway premiere.

Inside the Classroom and Mind of a Great Teacher

Kathy Baron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Kathy Baron

I'm beginning to agree with traditionalists who argue that education should go back to the old days.

Broadway's Merchant of Venice Re-Ignites My Jewish Identity Crisis

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

Had Shylock been a person's first exposure to a Jew, should they be crucified for thinking he was a devilish creature?

Wild and Whirling Words: An Audacious Hamlet on Alcatraz

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

For a play about murder and justice, Alcatraz is not a bad location to summon the spirits. Claudius says that revenge has no bounds? Seeing as this production's real draw is The Rock itself, neither does theatre.

Chicago Instructor Uses Shakespeare To Teach English

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Students from some of Chicago's most at-risk schools are expanding their vocabularies by going back to the basics: performing plays by William Shakesp...

Measure For Measure

Karl Kozel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karl Kozel

To suggest that making drinks using a jigger is the only way, and that it is more precise, is a completely false notion.

The Merry Wives of Windsor -- Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tours Santa Monica's Broad Stage

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

If time were no object, Shakespeare and Seinfeld might shake hands on The Broad Stage as kindred comic spirits.

Daniel Beaty's 'Chosen Schizophrenia' Drives His Solo Playwriting

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Sims

"Are you asking me if I'm a control freak?" Daniel Beaty asks me as I question his decision to turn an ensemble play into a solo work.

Lessons From a Bad Teacher in My Public School Education

Emily Farache | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emily Farache

Ms. Morrison's obstinate refusal to display any guilt -- hell, even any acknowledgment -- of her daily tardiness sent the clearest message of all: she just didn't give a damn.

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.

How to Enjoy Reading Shakespeare

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Joseph Smigelski

When you finally meet William Shakespeare on his own turf, his language begins to open new doors in your consciousness.

Measuring Mercy

Alicia Anstead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Alicia Anstead

When it comes to forgiveness and grace, one could do worse than to turn to Shakespeare's less known play, Measure for Measure.

Holy Sh*t Theatre: An Urgent Age of Badassery

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

2010-09-08-macbeth.jpg American theatre needs to proclaim an age of Holy Sh*t Theatre. In the vein of "funny or die": give me badass or give me bored.

Kindling -- How to Ignite the Potential Fire in Your Business

Paul Hunting | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Hunting

There seems to be a common frustration experienced by many leaders who have true vision -- how do I get 'the others' to see, feel and act on the possibilities that I see and feel?

Who Says Jane Austen Was a Popular Novelist?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Given Jane Austen's ubiquity, and the fact that anything with her name on it will sell, you might think she's always been a sensation. But you'd be wrong.

So Many Selves, So Little Time

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

President Obama is a Kenyan or a Muslim -- or a Kenyan Muslim -- masquerading as an American Christian. The Dalai Lama is an undercover Nazi agent. Ma...

Our Blackberries, I-Phones, Droids And Souls

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Is that screen and keyboard often in your hand the greatest personal and professional tool ever, or is it the devil's device, insidiously sucking the time out of your life and the life out of your soul?