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"Visions" a Talk With Kelley Armstrong

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.25.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Kelley Armstrong has published twenty-one fantasy novels, thirteen of which have been part of her Women of the Otherworld series. Her novels blend suspense and the supernatural.

Sans Teeth, Sans Eyes? Shakespeare's Views on Aging Aren't That Simple

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 10.19.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

If Shakespeare were alive today, it's likely that he would be writing very differently about the experience of aging, time, and death. People live longer and, at least in developed countries, are in far better mental and physical health than they were in Elizabethan England.

Utah Shakespeare Festival Offers Unique Experience

John M. Eger | Posted 10.15.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is truly unique. Founded in 1961 and presenting its first season in 1962, the organizers wanted to create something special. And they have.

A Midsummer Night's Dream: The App for Our Time

Jill Robinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

I reviewed last year's production right around this time. I wanted to watch this show every night, laughing, engaged by the lyric, mythic and wacky action.

Robin Williams, Hamlet and the Undiscovered Country

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Robert David Jaffee

Harold Bloom wrote a book some years ago, titled Hamlet: Poem Unlimited. The book might also have been titled, Hamlet: Character Unlimited, for the Prince of Denmark, like Shakespeare's tragedy itself, cannot be reduced to anything.

'Romantic Romeo' From Captivate Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Helen I. Hwang

Romantic Romeo is the first of the "They Do Not Deserve to Die" series from director Sally Lyall and musical director Tommie Travers. The duo have concocted a hilarious formula to introduce Shakespeare's plots to young 'uns.

Something Wonderful in Denmark: Hamlet at the UN

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment
Evelyn Leopold

As far as Security Council presidencies go, British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant began his stint with a splash -- a live performance of the Globe Theatre's Hamlet to an enthusiastic crowd at the United Nations.

The Hip-Hop Artists With The Largest Vocabulary, Revamped

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.01.2014 | Entertainment

A couple months ago, Matt Daniels wowed wordsmiths and hip-hop enthusiasts alike with his hip-hop flow chart. It ranked 85 rappers by the size of the ...

A Pox on Both Their Houses: The Impeach Obama Drama or Why Americans Are So Fed Up With Washington

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

It would almost be amusing if it wasn't for the fact that the world is in chaos. And things aren't much better at home where, among other things, we've got a humanitarian crisis at the border.

How We Treat Others

Tom Morris | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

How we treat others is really in the end how we treat ourselves. Our outer conduct always has inner results. In a great little passage from Shakesp...

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

The Bard of the Upper Reaches

Daniel Maidman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

My favorite course in college was one of the obvious and simple ones: Shakespeare. We read maybe 20 of the plays and talked about them. Our professor was an eccentric old Greek, Pete Phialas, who had been dragged out of retirement by a student of his.

Misogyny, or Not Misogyny? That Is the Question

Shannon Deep | Posted 09.16.2014 | Women
Shannon Deep

Having a feminist boyfriend doesn't mean that he sees the same production of Hamlet you do; it means that when you call out misogyny, he knows enough to say, as mine now does, "I believe you."

The 'Today' Show: A Sign of the Apocalypse

Patrick Stephenson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Media
Patrick Stephenson

The journalistic cowardice of peppy, preening, self-absorbed muppets is not a sign of a coming apocalypse. It is, however, a symptom of national decline. If you can't face the future with open eyes, you're probably afraid of where you're going.

Happy Birthday, Harold Bloom, Giant of the Canon!

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.09.2014 | Books
Robert David Jaffee

For decades, Harold Bloom, the most eminent literary critic of our time, has taught a seminar at Yale, titled "Shakespeare & Originality." The class ...

In Truth There Is Beauty

John Friedman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
John Friedman

When William Shakespeare wrote "This above all, to thine own self be true" (Hamlet) he wasn't offering business advice and he would likely have been s...

There's Nothing Quite Like A Detroit Summer

Nick Norton | Posted 09.06.2014 | Detroit
Nick Norton

There's more than a few things I'm pumped to in Detroit this July and August. Here's a rundown of my top five.

Death: The Beauty, the Mystery and the Power to Live

Denise DeSimone | Posted 09.01.2014 | Fifty
Denise DeSimone

Life is a series of deaths and rebirths. Death happens to our bodies every minute of every day yet; this process goes unnoticed because we are busy living life. Cells die. Skin dies. But the thought of the ultimate death stops us dead in our tracks.

Shakespeare Runs Free

Philip David Morton | Posted 08.30.2014 | Los Angeles
Philip David Morton

I grew up in New York City where Free Shakespeare in the park and the Joseph Papp Theater became a summer institution not to be missed; one of the many magical things about New York.

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.