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Sarajevo 1914 and New York City 2001: Is It Happening Again?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Sarajevo 1914 does not appear so distant, at least in terms of rhetoric and inclination to dehumanize the other. But, then perhaps our awareness has been raised to the danger.

Shakespeare Meets... 'Star Wars'?

Posted 06.20.2014 | Books

The following is an excerpt from William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return [Quirk Books, $14.95], a hilarious answer to the vital question: What if S...

Stage Door: Much Ado About Nothing

Fern Siegel | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Many have attempted to bring Shakespeare forward to the present-day by banishing all sense of antiquity. Few are able to retain all sense of the original, while illustrating how timeless the story can be. The cast and crew of Much Ado have achieved it.

Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Season at Theatricum Botanicum

Tanja M. Laden | Posted 08.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Tanja M. Laden

Nestled in the heart of Topanga Canyon, the enchanting Theatricum Botanicum has been a fixture for performance-minded creative types since the 1950s, ...

Daily Meditation: To Be Or Not To Be

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.12.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

To Watch, or Not to Watch The Real Housewives of New Jersey: That Is the Question

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 08.09.2014 | Entertainment
Stacy Slotnick

What do William Shakespeare's written works have in common with The Real Housewives of New Jersey? A lot more than you may initially think.

Kenneth Branagh and Macbeth in Manhattan

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 08.10.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Now, for a measured review of the new production of William Shakespeare's brief, brutal, beautiful tragedy of Macbeth, on through June 22 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

5 Terrifyingly Treacherous Hosts In Literature

James Heffernan | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
James Heffernan

Macbeth is surely one of the worst hosts ever dreamed up by a playwright, but he has plenty of company in literature as a whole.

Acting Techniques You Can Apply to Real Life (to Some Extent)

Ko Im | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts
Ko Im

Sometimes, too much coaching is more detrimental than helpful. At some point, take the training wheels off and fly solo.

QUIZ: How Many Classic Books Have You ACTUALLY Read?

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 05.21.2014 | Books

...Or did you just skim your way through English lit?

On This Matter of Learning to Write

Bill Stieger | Posted 07.13.2014 | Books
Bill Stieger

If a would-be writer is serious about his intention to become a fine writer, he would do well to get his head out of the vampire/zombie dreck that somehow passes for literature and discover the masters.

Orson Welles's Othello

Francis Levy | Posted 07.07.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Is it possible the famed death procession at the finale of Bergman's The Seventh Seal (1957) was influenced by the prologue to Orson Welles's Othell...

The Hip-Hop Artists With The Largest (Or Not) Vocabulary

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 05.06.2014 | Entertainment

When it comes to grading and comparing hip-hop artists, there are a number of attributes that need to be examined: flow, message, beat selection, popu...

Avoiding Sexism, Perhaps Excessive in Religion

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 07.03.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Avoiding being labeled as "sexist" is very important these days. The current emphasis on bias-free language has created difficulties for today's writ...

Ode to the Sonnet

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

One fixed poetic form clearly stands the test of time: the sonnet. Even if you don't read poetry regularly, you probably know the basics: the average sonnet contains only 14 lines, and each line should be written in the same meter.

William Shakespeare On Drugs

Substance.com | Posted 06.23.2014 | Books
Substance.com

How high was Shakespeare? Research published in 2001 revealed residues of cocaine, marijuana and myristic acid, a nutmeg-derived hallucinogen, in 17th-century clay-pipe fragments dug up from the garden of his home.

Baalbeck: Marriage of History and Performing Arts

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

The briefly displaced Baalbeck International Festival is going home. The world-renowned annual event that was moved last year for security reasons f...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

'To Be Or Not To Be': That Was Our Poll Question

HuffingtonPost.com | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 04.23.2014 | Books

William Shakespeare would have turned 450 on Wednesday. In honor of his birthday, a HuffPost/YouGov poll posed some of his most memorable questions to...

William Shakespeare at 450

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

How can any of us find the words to wish a happy 450th birthday to the single most significant, elegant, funny, wise and human writer ever to use the English language? That's what I, and countless others, have thought and think of Shakespeare.

10 Celebs and Their Shakespeare Counterparts

Amy Helmes | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Amy Helmes

These 10 headline-making Hollywood celebs could easily be confused with some of the Bard's best-loved characters.

Knighthood for Shakespeare

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

April 23 marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. On his birthday, I call for a posthumous knighthood for the flower of the English language.

What? Spoilers Enhance a Mystery or Thriller?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

For mystery, suspense and thriller novels, viewing the plot as "(almost) irrelevant" seems an extraordinary stretch. Frankly, I find that conclusion preposterous.

Alas Poor Yorick

Mr. Fish | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Mr. Fish

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Shakespeare Rises Again on the Eve of His 450th Birthday

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 06.05.2014 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

With Easter approaching, I have been thinking of our own secular god, William Shakespeare, whose life remains shrouded in mystery, not unlike that of Jesus.

Alena Hall

How Shakespeare Is Helping Women Prisoners Help Themselves

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact

Frannie Shepherd-Bates graduated from college with a passion for theater and the desire to use her art in ways that made a difference beyond the stage...