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Lessons I Learned Waiting on Line

Leah Griesmann | Posted 12.25.2012 | Arts
Leah Griesmann

For those who can't afford to purchase tickets to Shakespeare in the Park there are two options that don't involve money -- a lottery and a line.

The Secret of the Third Sentence

Jeff Klima | Posted 12.17.2012 | Comedy
Jeff Klima

A lot of would-be writers are always asking me what the secret is to writing good, compelling articles. Well, I normally keep the answer as a sort of proprietary secret, but because you seem like a good egg, I'll tell you. Make sure that every third sentence you write is f***ing awesome!

Are Novelists Obligated To Be Historically Accurate?

James Forrester | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
James Forrester

One speech particularly sticks in my mind - partly because it was delivered by perhaps our foremost historical novelist, Hilary Mantel, and partly because I found myself disagreeing her.

New Clothes for Shakespeare and Sondheim, or the 'Wisdom' of Harry Hotdoggen

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 12.03.2012 | Arts
Steven Paul Leiva

Arrogance of ignorance rests at the core of the proponents of Creationism and Intelligent Design -- it leads to ideology not ideas; madness not method; hate not the humane.

If Famous Authors Wrote Cosmo Sex Tips

McSweeney's | Posted 10.02.2012 | Women

William Shakespeare Ladyes, thou dost little know the height of his love When thou garbs’t thyself the morning after In his manly apparel Whic...

Four Poems for Autumn

John Lundberg | Posted 11.23.2012 | Arts
John Lundberg

Here are poems by William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, William Blake and Carl Sandburg that explore what the fall can teach us about our humanity.

How The Book Of Common Prayer Shaped Shakespeare

Daniel Swift | Posted 11.16.2012 | Religion
Daniel Swift

One of the last mysteries left in the study of Shakespeare's plays is the biggest of them all: How do they achieve their particular magic? One answer to this question lies in Shakespeare's use of a book with which most of us now have only a passing acquaintance.

Toronto Festival Conclusions: The Oscar race Begins

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While this year's best-picture winner may in fact have played at TIFF 2012, there was no huge critical groundswell around a realistic contender, the way there was last year.

Five Classic Books Every Smart Person Should Read

Nathan Harden | Posted 09.05.2012 | Books
Nathan Harden

Great literature, because it asks big questions and communicates big ideas, stays relevant, even if it is very old. You will be richer, wiser, and smarter if you make classic literature a regular part of your life.

Stage Door: 'Pulp Shakespeare, Harrison, Tx.'

Fern Siegel | Posted 10.22.2012 | Arts
Fern Siegel

Shakespeare's plays are frequently staged in contemporary dress to make them accessible to modern audiences. Pulp Shakespeare keeps period garb and enlists his distinct style of language to cleverly restage Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

The Mass Appeal of the Secret Life

John Lazarus | Posted 10.16.2012 | Arts
John Lazarus

Perhaps the current popularity of characters leading double lives simply reflects a pervasive consciousness that we are all involved in a spiraling project whose purpose is to con each other.

The Title Dilemma

Warren Adler | Posted 10.13.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

A great title is an art form unto itself. Indeed, a great title does not necessarily signify a great book and vice versa.

The Elephant and the Mouse in Edinburgh

Monica Bauer | Posted 10.13.2012 | Arts
Monica Bauer

Too often, Americans especially view theater as something that is only done in the English-speaking world. One of the coolest things about Edinburgh is finding a hidden gem from the great big wide world of theater, done by companies outside the U.S. and UK.

Poetry and the Bottom Line

John Lundberg | Posted 08.12.2012 | Arts
John Lundberg

Does poetry have something to teach the business world? Simon Bainbridge, a literature professor at Lancaster University, believes it does.

Another Iago at Work in Oak Creek Massacre

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.05.2012 | Crime
Robert David Jaffee

Most mass shooting gunmen live not necessarily in a world of psychosis but rather by an ethos of hatred and sadism. These killers adhere to the philosophy of Iago, who proclaims "I am not what I am," a nihilistic credo that attempts to refute Yahweh's life-affirming "I am what I am" code.

My Medicare Milestone

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 10.03.2012 | Fifty
Joe Peyronnin

Today I crossed a major milestone: I now qualify for Medicare. Yes, I am a Baby Boomer, and I am proud of it!

Livestreamed OP Shakespeare Performance by International Cast

Beth Burns | Posted 10.03.2012 | Arts
Beth Burns

"Ambitious" is a word that gets used a lot in describing the Hidden Room's production of Rose Rage. We get it. It is ambitious, no doubt, and also it was kind of inevitable.

Hallie Sekoff

Why Staging Shakespeare In Jails Can Make A Difference

HuffingtonPost.com | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 08.03.2012 | Home

Two years ago the Public Theater revived founder Joseph Papp’s visionary Shakespeare initiative to bring free theater to communities with little or ...

Richard III

Vicky Shorr | Posted 09.24.2012 | Arts
Vicky Shorr

This play, he told us, can in fact be viewed as a propaganda piece, justifying that act of usurpation. Shakespeare? As an apparatchik? Who knew??

Is Shakespeare Crowding Out Everyone Else?

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.24.2012 | Home

Over at The Guardian, Lyn Gardner questions the wisdom of funding Shakespeare. By her research, Shakespeare continues to dominate the British theater ...

Quoting Shakespeare Sparingly

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Quoting William Shakespeare is a little like breathing: every living person does it. "He's dead as a doornail," your roommate will say as she flips through the newspaper obits, never realizing she's just quoted part of a couplet from Henry VI.

Suggestions for Shakespeare Lovers

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
Robert David Jaffee

Harold Bloom, the greatest literary critic of our time, has accrued so much wisdom because he is our foremost reader with a deep, deep love for poetry. Sadly, many of the comments on my last piece showed me that a number of people lack the wisdom of Bloom.

Stratford, Canada: A Place Where Beauty Matters

Olga Bonfiglio | Posted 09.06.2012 | Travel
Olga Bonfiglio

My annual pilgrimage to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival stimulated the thought once again about what it's like to be in a community that devotes itself to beauty. That beauty matters in a town of Stratford's size and geography is not only unusual these days, but it summons a reflection about what beauty entails and why it is important for our lives.

Brush Up on Your Shakespeare, David Brooks

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.05.2012 | Education
Robert David Jaffee

David Brooks refers to Henry V as "one of Shakespeare's most appealing characters," but any sophisticated reader knows that Prince Hal is not in the least appealing. Yes, a shallow reader might think that Prince Hal is the "rambunctious" youth hailed by Brooks, but that is a cliché.

PHOTOS: Shakespeare 'As You Like It': Free!

The Huffington Post | Eliza Fisher | Posted 06.27.2012 | Los Angeles

Now this truly is "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The Independent Shakespeare Company is resuming its annual series of free Shakespeare performances i...