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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...

Conversations With Brian Culbertson and Loreena McKennitt, Plus Michael Penn and The Whistles & The Bells Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"As everyone says, I'm deeply honored to be honored. When one goes about their life and what they do, it's not to have a whole bunch of awards and feel that that's the basis of why you do things, but on the other hand it's always gratifying to be recognized by your community for what you do."

Death Defying Father Mike Tells of Hell Rider Days

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Michael Sean Comerford

Freak Show owner Chris Christ, left, and Father Michael Juran talk at the IISA Trade Show last month. This video is brought to you by HoldtheMayoMe...

Top 10 Venues for Live Theater

Cheapflights | Posted 05.26.2014 | Travel
Cheapflights

No matter what show you catch, each of these theaters will serve as memorable backdrops for its own reason.

The Resistance Man: A Talk With Martin Walker

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.18.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Martin Walker is a senior fellow of a private think tank for CEOs of major corporations. He is also editor-in-chief emeritus and international affa...

"The Pun and Only"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 05.18.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima As a guy who has always loved puns, and has been known to use as many as 10 at a time (even if they don't work, I can say, "No pun in...

Tortured Souls Tell Great Stories

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Worthy fiction draws us into a world where the characters are emotionally driven and tortured. Their mistakes and triumphs must resonate as real. Human nature doesn't change.

Shakespeare, Meet My Daughter

David Moye | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
David Moye

Since my daughter is on a culture kick, she recently expressed an interest in seeing something with Shakespeare.

13 Words You Probably Didn't Know Were Coined By Authors

Paul Anthony Jones | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
Paul Anthony Jones

Shakespeare isn't the be-all and end-all of course (that's another of his by the way). English has had its fair share of literary giants over the years who, from Chaucer and Milton to Dickens and even Dr. Seuss, have each contributed words to our language.

Strength Training Our Memories

Tom Morris | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

What's the single most common complaint in old age? If you can't remember having read this before, then likely you've already got it -- a problem with memory. It's nearly universal at a certain point in life. So, I decided to start working on this whole issue by memorizing lots of stuff. Maybe it's like a muscle, I surmised. Use it or lose it.

10 Questions With Orlando Theatre Director and Actor Scott Browning

Jason Derr | Posted 04.04.2014 | Arts
Jason Derr

In the nineties I was a college student at an uptight Evangelical college in a small town in Virginia. Whatever its drawbacks the experience put me in...