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Love Might Be Blind, but She Is Rarely Deaf

Jag Bhalla | Posted 04.16.2013 | Science
Jag Bhalla

Love might be blind, but she is rarely deaf: Language and love have always been intimately entangled. Indeed Darwin believed love was one of the main ...

If You Care About Shakespeare at All, Get Thee to Women of Will

Carey Purcell | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
Carey Purcell

"Why would a card-carrying feminist spend all her time with a dead white male?" Why, indeed? The answer can be found in Women of Will, Tina Packer's exploration of women in the Shakespearean canon.

Can Shakespeare Help You Score This Valentine's Day?

Amy Helmes | Posted 04.09.2013 | Books
Amy Helmes

Want to spice things up this Valentine's Day? Forget flowers and chocolate -- a soliloquy just might do the trick. After all, William Shakespeare isn't known as the "Bawdy Bard" for nothing.

Royal Shakespeare Company Goes All Out This Year

AP | Posted 03.25.2013 | Arts

LONDON — "Doctor Who" star David Tennant is returning to the Royal Shakespeare Company this year to play a troubled king in "Richard II." Tenna...

Shakespeare Is Hot Again

Lesleyann Coker | Posted 03.24.2013 | Books
Lesleyann Coker

A slew of current projects -- ranging from young adult novels to television to a rumored Anne Hathaway film -- aim to make Shakespeare accessible to a contemporary audience.

What She's Doing Next

Posted 01.15.2013 | Entertainment

Fresh off her Golden Globes win for Best Supporting Actress, "Les Miserables" star Anne Hathaway has apparently found her next film. According to TheW...

CultureZohn: I Spent New Year's Eve With Richard Burton

Patricia Zohn | Posted 03.12.2013 | Books
Patricia Zohn

It had taken all fall to try to set this up -- and I even had to take a back seat to Lindsay Lohan. But it was worth the wait. Richard Burton was the kind of man I had always imagined for whom one could throw everything over. We all get crushes on movie stars and rock stars but Burton was something unique.

To Tweet Or Not to Tweet? Shakespeare Plays Retold, Twitter-Style

Amy Helmes | Posted 02.16.2013 | Books
Amy Helmes

We're such Shakespeare nerds (#humblebrag), we've gone and summarized the legendary playwright's works into "twitter speak" of 140 characters or less. Brevity is, after all, the soul of wit!

Interview With Kim Askew and Amy Helmes About Their Twisted Lit Series

Nicki Richesin | Posted 02.15.2013 | Books
Nicki Richesin

Whether you're still searching for a holiday gift for your choosiest bookish friend or a gripping read for yourself, may I recommend the new Twisted Lit series?

An Unknown Hero Named Dietrich

William Dietrich | Posted 02.02.2013 | Books
William Dietrich

Names are powerful in helping define who we are. Now, just in time for the movie of The Hobbit, I've discovered -- much to my surprise -- a legendary and heroic Dietrich who lent fuel to Tolkien's tale and many others.

When Does Quoting Poetry in Movies Work?

John Lundberg | Posted 02.02.2013 | Arts
John Lundberg

So when are poems used appropriately in movies? They tend to work in two cases: when the grandeur of a scene is already elevated, or when a scene brings the grandeur of a poem down to its level. I've collected a few of my favorite examples.

Why Watch Shakespeare: All the Stage's a World

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.27.2013 | College
Frank H. Wu

This year I finished a project I began more than half a lifetime ago. I finally watched every one of William Shakespeare's 38 plays performed in a theatre.

Friends and Your Money: Hanging Onto Both of Them

Don McNay | Posted 01.15.2013 | Money
Don McNay

Since family and friends are the primary reasons that people blow a lump sum, if you can invest in good quality relationships, you can go a long way toward maintaining financial success as well.

Hamlet and our Problems: Reimagining and Recharging Teachers in the Era of Common Core

Stephen Chiger | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
Stephen Chiger

If learning is so great, after all, shouldn't our students see us doing it all the time? Shouldn't we be encouraged to be hungry for new ideas the way we tell our children to be?

Is 'Shakespeare' Bad Branding?

Howard Sherman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Howard Sherman

If Shakespeare is less prominent on the stage, perhaps it is best to not fly him as the company banner, especially since conventional wisdom holds that many people find the works of the playwright to be difficult and off-putting, a perception aided by years of dull literature teachers in secondary schools.

The App's The Thing To Get Your Kids Into Shakespeare

Reuters | Natasha Baker | Posted 01.04.2013 | Technology

By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - William Shakespeare's plays are getting a 21st century-style makeover in the form of new apps for ...

An Apology for a Youngin's Bookshelf

Sarah Alban | Posted 01.01.2013 | College
Sarah Alban

I got caught reading Craig Ferguson's memoir, American on Purpose, today. What I said to the educated professional thumbing through my diversion was, "You should've caught me Monday. I was reading about Shakespeare, which is much more impressive." The first part of that's true.

6 Political Tips From Shakespeare

Amy Helmes | Posted 01.01.2013 | Books
Amy Helmes

From the adage-filled tragedy Hamlet to the pastoral comedy As You Like It, the Bard's plays are veritable gold mines of advice for politician.

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.