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Victor Hugo

Brilliant People's Schedules: The Real Story for Women Writers

Anna Leahy | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

Victor Hugo visited his barber daily; I haven't had a haircut in 15 months. Balzac consumed as many as 50 cups of coffee per day; I recently switched to iced green tea. Every day, Charles Darwin built in three walks and some idleness; I forgot to exercise this week.

Your Favorite Broadway Musical Set In Dreary 19th Century France Is Back

AP | MARK KENNEDY | Posted 03.24.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — The barricades have once again gone up on Broadway. Are they worth dropping everything and joining this time? The answer is a resou...

France Takes First Steps Towards Abolition of Prostitution

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

The Nordic Model, as this set of laws is known, views the sex trade as irreconcilable with gender equality and refuses to consider prostitution as inevitable.

The Power of Simplicity

Scott Goodson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Scott Goodson

Before the publishing of his book, Hugo sent a letter to his agent. The letter reached his agent in Paris and inside the page carried one single symbol, one solitary punctuation mark: "?"

Risky Life and Dreams of a Tub Thug Pimp

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Game agents control the tubs game with their hustle. Earlier this year a New Hampshire man lost his entire $2,600 life savings on a tubs game. "O h...

Tropic of Marvin

Francis Levy | Posted 11.23.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Oedipus killed his father and married his mother. The myth was adapted by Freud because it made practical sense. It's really Darwinian when you come t...

How Far Will You Go to Protect Your Emails?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.17.2013 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

How far will you go to protect your emails? As individuals we can't really answer that question. That's because we're at the whim of our email provide...

Writer to Writer: A Conversation with M.J. Rose

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.27.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

M.J. Rose is the international best-selling author of 13 novels and three non-fiction books. Her most recent novel, Seduction, has received rave reviews from USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and many others.

To the Question of Fantine (and Anne Hathaway)

Carole DeSanti | Posted 05.08.2013 | Books
Carole DeSanti

For the world to be a better place for women -- and also, by the way, for men, and for young people -- it will need to become a place where the main thrust of our work and our pleasure is conceived not as an act of plunder, but of something else.

Hugo Chávez and Victor Hugo

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.08.2013 | World
Norman MacAfee

I knew that Gore had seen the musical of Les Misérables with his sister, who was dying of cancer. I knew that Chávez's favorite book was Les Misérables. So I put the two men together.

Stage Door: The Man Who Laughs

Fern Siegel | Posted 04.17.2013 | Arts
Fern Siegel

The Stolen Chair company's The Man Who Laughs, is a remarkable achievement. A stage production performed as a live silent film, this captivating multimedia effort is freely adapted from Victor Hugo's novel. The twist -- and it's a big one -- is playwright Kiran Rikhye's script.

Who's Got It Right About the European Union: David Cameron or Alfred Nobel?

Tad Daley | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Tad Daley

Since everything else -- our economies, our communications, our single planetary environment -- succumbs more completely to globalization every day, shouldn't we eventually bring about a complete globalization of our structures of governance as well?

Victor Hugo and Abraham Lincoln

Norman MacAfee | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

In this film awards season, two works embody enduring pinnacles of idealism.

One-Minute Meditation: Transcendence

Christie Carmelle Lopez | Posted 04.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Christie Carmelle Lopez

To be "transcendent" means not only to acknowledge that there are things in the world that are bigger than me (for example, God and gravity) but to live for the larger things -- which means having the humility to yield to these higher ideals.

The Soul of Les Miserables: Why It Touches Us

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 03.02.2013 | Entertainment
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

The epic musical Les Miserables, now portrayed on the big screen, contains elements so rarely seen today and yet so sorely needed.

The Enduring Radicalism of Les Miserables

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics
Nathan Newman

The real measure of the radicalism of Les Miserables is not in the character of the heroes or the evils visited upon them, but in that of the movie's villain, Inspector Javert. 

Popcorn Preview: Les Misérables

Leslie Sisman | Posted 02.27.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Les Misérables (2012) Cast includes: Hugh Jackman (X-Men), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada), Amanda Seyfried (M...

True Meaning Behind 'Les Misérables'

Bradley Stephens | Posted 02.20.2013 | Books
Bradley Stephens

When he began to publish his novel Les Misérables, Victor Hugo orchestrated a characteristically savvy publicity campaign.

Do You Hear the People Sing?: A Star-Studded Les Misérables Translates to the Big Screen

Carey Purcell | Posted 02.18.2013 | Arts
Carey Purcell

The musical Les Misérables has finally made it to the screen, with even more pomp and circumstance than the stage. And, I am happy to report, just as much glory.

A Walk With Jean Valjean and Cosette, Part 3

Lee Fahnestock | Posted 02.18.2013 | Books
Lee Fahnestock

There, at a remote, decrepit, and inconspicuous location with crumbling walls, with a small corner room partitioned off for Cosette, the pair -- prison-hardened man and frightened child -- would enjoy for a while the first warm affection that either had known.

In Her Genes

AP | Posted 12.18.2012 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES -- Helena Bonham Carter apparently shares more with Victor Hugo than just a role in the film based on his novel. A study by genealogy web...

A Walk With Jean Valjean and Cosette, Part 2

Lee Fahnestock | Posted 02.17.2013 | Books
Lee Fahnestock

With a glance across his right shoulder at the tall Observatory, rising above a light mantle of snow, Valjean loses no further time in starting down the quick easterly pitch of the short Rue Cassin.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Jean Valjean at Christmas

Perry Brass | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Perry Brass

To me, as a gay Jew at this difficult Christmas, thinking about Jean Valjean (and his creator Victor Hugo), even remembering crying my eyes out over him, are all very good. Because goodness is definitely its own reward, and we need to remember that.

A Walk With Jean Valjean and Cosette

Lee Fahnestock | Posted 02.12.2013 | Books
Lee Fahnestock

The first of a series of walks by the translator of the first complete, modern edition of Victor Hugo's great novel, Les Misérables. Walk one: Jean Valjean leads Cosette to their first Paris home.

Ryan Budget Punishes the Poorest -- A Return to 'Les Miserables'?

Harlan Green | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Harlan Green

We know Victor Hugo's message is alive and well when Paul Ryan's latest budget proposal continues to punish the poorest for the sins of the wealthiest, who caused the Great Recession and have yet to be punished.