Arts & Culture

‘The Golden Menagerie’ Explores Creatures of Myth and Gemstone

'The Golden Menagerie' by Temple St. Clair will be published Dec. 5. (Temple St. Clair)
'The Golden Menagerie' by Temple St. Clair will be published Dec. 5. (Temple St. Clair)

The mythical creatures, animals of folklore, and romanticized extinct creatures immortalized by jewelry designer Temple St. Clair have been bound together in “The Golden Menagerie,”...


  • Ted Nash. (motema.com)

    CD Review: Ted Nash’s ‘Presidential Suite’

    Ted Nash has distinguished himself as a saxophonist and as a Grammy-nominated composer-arranger. For 18 years he has been a member of Jazz at Lincoln... Read more

  • "Capriccio: Excavation of Roman Ruins," circa 1760-62, by Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris). Brush and brown and gray wash and watercolor over black chalk on antique laid paper, 10 5/16 by 12 5/16 inches. Private collection (Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art). On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 691.

    The Masters’ Thread – from Fragonard to Baus

    In this column “The Masters’ Thread,” artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. This watercolor by Jean Honoré Fragonard... Read more

  • The Kaga-Yuzen silk dyeing traditional technique which is the method used to create floral scenes found on kimonos. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Kaga-Yuzen: Detailed Scenes of Natural Beauty

    NEW YORK—It’s said that Zen monk Yuzensai Miyazaki created Kaga-Yuzen, the traditional hand dyeing method used to create the intricate floral scenes found on kimonos... Read more

  • Author Renee Rosen Charles Osgood Photography Northlight Theatre dress rehearsal for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Charles Osgood Photography Northlight Theatre dress rehearsal for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Charles Osgood Photography Northlight Theatre dress rehearsal for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Charles Osgood Photography Northlight Theatre dress rehearsal for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Charles Osgood Photography

    Theater Review: ‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’

    SKOKIE, Ill.—It’s hard to imagine the now ubiquitous Christmas tree as ever being new. But the quaint German custom of bringing a tree into the... Read more

  • American Ballet Theatre

    Inspiration and Artistry Key at ABT Summer Intensive

    NEW YORK—”My neighbor was a ballet dancer and she taught her daughter and me ballet lessons in her kitchen when we were little. I think I... Read more

  • Ashley Tuttle in "Swan Lake." (Rosalie O'Connor)

    Ballerina Ashley Tuttle: Classics Reveal Our Essential Humanity

    Beauty in the arts comes from human emotion honestly expressed, a quality often found in the classics, says ballerina and Tony-nominated actress and dancer Ashley... Read more

  • (Shen Yun Performing Arts)

    Uncommon Ingenuity of an Ancient War Strategist

    When Zhuge Liang was given just 10 days to produce 100,000 arrows for battle, it was the year 208 in ancient China, when no machines... Read more

  • (L–R) Pigsy, a demon disguised as a beautiful woman, the Monkey King, and monk Xuan Zang, as Shen Yun envisions the characters from the literary classic, “Journey to the West.” (Courtesy Shen Yun Performing Arts)

    Achieving an Impossible Mission with Perseverance—And Some Help from a Magical Monkey

    During the Tang Dynasty 1,300 years ago, a gentle, good-looking young monk walked to India on a quest to obtain sacred Buddhist scriptures and bring... Read more

  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. (Matt Dine)

    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Champions of Collaboration

    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra doesn’t have a single conductor—it has dozens. The Grammy Award–winning ensemble consists of anywhere between 20 and 40 musicians who each have... Read more

  • (L–R) Aurora Greenway (Molly Ringwald) and her daughter Emma (Hannah Dunne) rarely see eye to eye, in “Terms of Endearment.” (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘Terms of Endearment’

    NEW YORK—A mother-daughter bond is the focus of the comedic drama “Terms of Endearment,” currently making its U.S. premiere at 59E59 Theaters. It’s a show... Read more

  • Comic and writer Monica Piper, who won an Emmy for her T.V. series "Rugrats," has a one-woman show, "Not That Jewish." (Carole Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘Not That Jewish’

    NEW YORK—The title of this zany, entertaining show comes from playwright and performer Monica Piper’s early childhood experience of being told by a playmate that she... Read more

  • A woman uses a pattern to create lacquerware at a workshop class at the Japanese restaurant Kosaka in New York on Nov. 13, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Chinkin: Gold-Inlaid Carvings

    NEW YORK—Lacquerware—wooden objects that are hand-painted, carved, and embellished with high attention to detail—has a long history, dating back to objects found in China in... Read more

  • Jean-François-Thérèse Chalgrin (1739 - 1811) Designs 
François-Joseph Belanger (1744 - 1818) Designs 
Pierre Gouthière (1732 - 1813) Bronzes 
Blue Marble Side Table with Neoclassical Mounts, 1781
bleu turquin marble and gilt bronze
37 1/2 in. x 81 1/8 in. (95.25 cm x 206.06 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest.
Accession number: 1915.5.59

    All Abuzz in Wonderment Over Gouthière

    NEW YORK—If objects could speak, those made by Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813) would continue to whisper the incredulous wonder at creation. The 18th-century French master chaser-gilder could... Read more

  • A beautiful graceful dancer Xiao Nan Yu dazzles with her stage presence (Karolina Kuras)

    Xiao Nan Yu Celebrates 20 Years of Dance

    Xiao Nan Yu has danced some of the most iconic roles in the ballet repertoire. As the lead in “Swan Lake,” “Giselle,” “The Sleeping Beauty,”... Read more

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    DVD Review: ‘Andrea Chénier’

    Umberto Giordano’s main claim to fame is his 1896 verismo opera “Andrea Chénier.” The work is loosely based on the life of the French poet... Read more

  • Opening of the "Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works Show" at Eleventh Street Arts gallery in Long Island City, New York, on Nov. 17, 2016. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Eleventh Street Arts ‘Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works’ Opening

    NEW YORK—The Eleventh Street Arts gallery packed a full house at the opening of Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works Show on Nov. 17. The... Read more

  • Ted Nash. (motema.com)

    CD Review: Ted Nash’s ‘Presidential Suite’

    Ted Nash has distinguished himself as a saxophonist and as a Grammy-nominated composer-arranger. For 18 years he has been a member of Jazz at Lincoln... Read more

  • Author Renee Rosen Charles Osgood Photography Northlight Theatre dress rehearsal for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Charles Osgood Photography Northlight Theatre dress rehearsal for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Charles Osgood Photography Northlight Theatre dress rehearsal for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Charles Osgood Photography Northlight Theatre dress rehearsal for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Charles Osgood Photography

    Theater Review: ‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’

    SKOKIE, Ill.—It’s hard to imagine the now ubiquitous Christmas tree as ever being new. But the quaint German custom of bringing a tree into the... Read more

  • American Ballet Theatre

    Inspiration and Artistry Key at ABT Summer Intensive

    NEW YORK—”My neighbor was a ballet dancer and she taught her daughter and me ballet lessons in her kitchen when we were little. I think I... Read more

  • Ashley Tuttle in "Swan Lake." (Rosalie O'Connor)

    Ballerina Ashley Tuttle: Classics Reveal Our Essential Humanity

    Beauty in the arts comes from human emotion honestly expressed, a quality often found in the classics, says ballerina and Tony-nominated actress and dancer Ashley... Read more

  • (Shen Yun Performing Arts)

    Uncommon Ingenuity of an Ancient War Strategist

    When Zhuge Liang was given just 10 days to produce 100,000 arrows for battle, it was the year 208 in ancient China, when no machines... Read more

  • (L–R) Pigsy, a demon disguised as a beautiful woman, the Monkey King, and monk Xuan Zang, as Shen Yun envisions the characters from the literary classic, “Journey to the West.” (Courtesy Shen Yun Performing Arts)

    Achieving an Impossible Mission with Perseverance—And Some Help from a Magical Monkey

    During the Tang Dynasty 1,300 years ago, a gentle, good-looking young monk walked to India on a quest to obtain sacred Buddhist scriptures and bring... Read more

  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. (Matt Dine)

    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra: Champions of Collaboration

    Orpheus Chamber Orchestra doesn’t have a single conductor—it has dozens. The Grammy Award–winning ensemble consists of anywhere between 20 and 40 musicians who each have... Read more

  • (L–R) Aurora Greenway (Molly Ringwald) and her daughter Emma (Hannah Dunne) rarely see eye to eye, in “Terms of Endearment.” (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘Terms of Endearment’

    NEW YORK—A mother-daughter bond is the focus of the comedic drama “Terms of Endearment,” currently making its U.S. premiere at 59E59 Theaters. It’s a show... Read more

  • Comic and writer Monica Piper, who won an Emmy for her T.V. series "Rugrats," has a one-woman show, "Not That Jewish." (Carole Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘Not That Jewish’

    NEW YORK—The title of this zany, entertaining show comes from playwright and performer Monica Piper’s early childhood experience of being told by a playmate that she... Read more

  • A beautiful graceful dancer Xiao Nan Yu dazzles with her stage presence (Karolina Kuras)

    Xiao Nan Yu Celebrates 20 Years of Dance

    Xiao Nan Yu has danced some of the most iconic roles in the ballet repertoire. As the lead in “Swan Lake,” “Giselle,” “The Sleeping Beauty,”... Read more

  • chenier1

    DVD Review: ‘Andrea Chénier’

    Umberto Giordano’s main claim to fame is his 1896 verismo opera “Andrea Chénier.” The work is loosely based on the life of the French poet... Read more

  • beth-janson_headshot

    The Quest to get Canadians More Interested in Homegrown Content

    TORONTO–The new head of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television says she’s taking inspiration from some powerhouse U.S. producers in an effort to get... Read more

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    Canadian Aboriginal Network Seeks to Expand Into US Market

    Media businesses everywhere are scrambling for new ideas to boost their increasingly fragmented and distracted audience. Sky Bridges, chief operating officer of the Aboriginal People’s... Read more

  • Leonard Cohen performs at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., April 17, 2009. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

    Leonard Cohen: A Poet Who Approached Life and Music With Dignity

    When Leonard Cohen passed away on Nov. 7 at age 82, the world lost one of its enduring living connections to the poet’s realm.  ... Read more

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    Exploring Choral Music in New York

    Imagine the sound of a hundred voices coming together to interpret works by some of the greatest composers in history, with the ideas of transcendence,... Read more

  • anna-maria-meo-general-director-of-teatro-regio-di-parma

    Getting at the Heart of Verdi

    NEW YORK—Followers of Guiseppe Verdi, says Anna Maria Meo, are on par with sports fans in their zeal. They watch closely whenever a new player... Read more

  • (L–R) Joshua Bell and Dave Matthews with the Chamber Orchestra of Havana at Live From Lincoln Center’s presentation of “Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba.” (Richard Termine)

    Joshua Bell Brings the ‘Seasons of Cuba’ to Lincoln Center

    NEW YORK—Grammy Award winning violinist Joshua Bell went to Cuba on a trip organized by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The... Read more

  • (C) Coriolanus (Dion Johnstone), a noble warrior idolized by his troops, flanked by (L–R) soldiers (Zachary Fine and Aaron Krohn) in “Coriolanus.” (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘Coriolanus’

    NEW YORK—When it comes to politics, public image is everything—a point brought powerfully home by Red Bull Theater’s timely and riveting production of William Shakespeare’s... Read more

  • National Ballet of Canada second soloist Emma Hawes (Sian Richards)

    Cinderella: An Empowering Heroine

    TORONTO—Emma Hawes still remembers seeing “Cinderella” as a little girl at BalletMet in Ohio where she grew up and thinking that she would love to... Read more

  • (C) Bartender Stan (James Colby) shares some grim realities of life with (L–R)Jason (Will Pullen) and
Chris (Khris Davis), in “Sweat.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Sweat’

    NEW YORK—In “Sweat,” playwright Lynn Nottage puts a human face on a sadly all-too-familiar subject, the plight of manufacturing jobs. Powerfully acted and strongly directed,... Read more

  • "Capriccio: Excavation of Roman Ruins," circa 1760-62, by Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, Grasse 1732–1806 Paris). Brush and brown and gray wash and watercolor over black chalk on antique laid paper, 10 5/16 by 12 5/16 inches. Private collection (Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art). On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 691.

    The Masters’ Thread – from Fragonard to Baus

    In this column “The Masters’ Thread,” artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. This watercolor by Jean Honoré Fragonard... Read more

  • A woman uses a pattern to create lacquerware at a workshop class at the Japanese restaurant Kosaka in New York on Nov. 13, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Chinkin: Gold-Inlaid Carvings

    NEW YORK—Lacquerware—wooden objects that are hand-painted, carved, and embellished with high attention to detail—has a long history, dating back to objects found in China in... Read more

  • Jean-François-Thérèse Chalgrin (1739 - 1811) Designs 
François-Joseph Belanger (1744 - 1818) Designs 
Pierre Gouthière (1732 - 1813) Bronzes 
Blue Marble Side Table with Neoclassical Mounts, 1781
bleu turquin marble and gilt bronze
37 1/2 in. x 81 1/8 in. (95.25 cm x 206.06 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest.
Accession number: 1915.5.59

    All Abuzz in Wonderment Over Gouthière

    NEW YORK—If objects could speak, those made by Pierre Gouthière (1732–1813) would continue to whisper the incredulous wonder at creation. The 18th-century French master chaser-gilder could... Read more

  • Opening of the "Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works Show" at Eleventh Street Arts gallery in Long Island City, New York, on Nov. 17, 2016. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Eleventh Street Arts ‘Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works’ Opening

    NEW YORK—The Eleventh Street Arts gallery packed a full house at the opening of Wrap Me Up: Winter Small Works Show on Nov. 17. The... Read more

  • Stephen Bauman and Cornelia Hernes at their "Selected Works" exhibition opening at The Florence Academy of Art US located at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City on Oct. 30, 2016. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    A New Chapter for Artists Bauman and Hernes

    NEW YORK—New York art lovers in search of treasure are well advised to venture across the Hudson River and to go straight to the gallery... Read more

  • "The Repentant Magdalene," (detail) circa 1660−1663 by Guido Cagnacci (1601–1663). Oil on canvas, 90 1/4 by 104 3/4 inches.  (Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena, California)

    Guido Cagnacci’s Eccentric ‘Repentant Magdalene’

    NEW YORK—His contemporaries called him “il genio bizzaro” (the bizarre genius), and he signed his paintings, “Guido Cagnacci Inventore.” His theatrical compositions, racy stylistic choices, ambivalent... Read more

  • First Place Animal Category: Jewel of the Amazon. (Stephen Jesic)

    ARC Salon Announces Winners

    The Art Renewal Center (ARC), a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to realist art and skill-based training techniques, has just announced the winners and finalists of... Read more

  • Sculptor Sabin Howard, at his studio in the Bronx, New York on Sept. 13, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Sculptor Sabin Howard in Service of Something Bigger

    NEW YORK—Sabin Howard is in the throes of a monumental task. The master sculptor has to conceptualize a horrific slice of history and then translate it... Read more

  • Fernando Martin Diez-Cabeza with his unfinished painting “The Gentleman With the Red Bow Tie," at his apartment in New York on Aug. 28, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Artist Fernando Martin Diez-Cabeza Unveils ‘The Gentleman With the Red Bow Tie’

    NEW YORK—A painting is not just something to be hung on a wall once finished. It is a creative feat to be celebrated for Fernando... Read more

  • “The Committee on Moral Books” by Jehan Georges Vibert (1840–1902), French. 17.7 inches by 25.5 inches. Oil on canvas. Private collection. (Courtesy of Art Renewal Center)

32. Gustave Doré (1832–1883) French
La famille du saltimbanque: l'enfant blesse

    3 Prominent French Academic Painters and Their Works

    Apart from the artists who were given varying degrees of administrative power in the French Academies, there were many artists who dedicated their time solely... Read more

  • "College Fund" by Richard B. Hall. Oil on canvas, 34 by 40 inches. (Courtesy of Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc.)

    Preview of Rehs Galleries Inaugural ‘ARC Select’ Art Exhibition

    NEW YORK—Continuing its efforts to expand representational art, the Art Renewal Center (ARC) has started to help artists connect with galleries. It teamed up first with... Read more

  • "Samson," (detail) 1631 by Valentin de Boulogne (French, Coulommiers-en-Brie 1591–1632 Rome) he Cleveland Museum of Art, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    Valentin de Boulogne Unfolds the Unrelenting Drama of Life

    NEW YORK—Walk into the exhibition on Valentin de Boulogne at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and you risk being turned inside out or pulled into... Read more

  • Liliana Mai, an art teacher from Temecula Middle School, creates Gesso Italiano (Italian chalk art) on the street in Little Italy, San Diego, Calif., on October 9. (Jane Yang)

    Gesso Italiano (Chalk Art) at the San Diego Little Italy Fiesta

    The 22nd San Diego Little Italy FIESTA! cultural festival took place on Oct. 9. The full-day event claimed 15 out of 48 blocks of Downtown San Diego’s famous Little Italy... Read more

  • The main lobby of Pennsylvania Station, circa 1911. Many who entered the station felt a sense of loftiness. Over 100 million people passed through the old station every year, and architects around the world came to New York City to study it. (Public domain)

    Penn Station, Old and New, and the Hope for the Ideal Restored

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently laid out his plan to remodel Penn Station in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. The subterranean labyrinth has been the brunt... Read more

  • "Light Streams," by Joseph McGurl. (Milene Fernandez/Epoch Times)

    American Masters Art Exhibition at Salmagundi

    NEW YORK—Some of the best and greatest American living artists, both known and up-and-coming, are showing their work at the American Masters annual exhibition until Oct... Read more

  • "View of Jerusalem" From Journey to the Holy Land (La peregrination en Terre Sainte). Hand-colored engraving written by Bernhard von Breydenbach (1440?–1497?), translated by Nicolas Le Huen (active 15th century), illustrated by Erhard Reuwich (ca. 1455–ca. 1490), and published by Topie, Lyon 1488, Lyon.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1928.

    The Met Features Medieval Jerusalem as Destination of Choice, Symbol of Tolerance

    NEW YORK—If asked to pick the most culturally diverse and tolerant city in the world today, you might think of Amsterdam, London, Paris, São Paulo, or... Read more

  • "Premier Deuil," 1888.

    European Art and the Influence of the French Academies

    Apart from the École des Beaux-Arts, there were other important and influential academy schools. Many of them, including the École des Beaux-Arts, were either run... Read more

  • Oil painting by Joseph Sundwall title "Great Blue Heron." The artist exhibited a series of paintings of birds at SUNY Orange-Middletown campus Aug. 22 through Oct. 23, 2016. (courtesy of the artist)

    Bird Paintings Are ‘Low Hanging Fruit’ for Painter Joseph Sundwall

    MIDDLETOWN—”I’m principally a portrait painter,” said artist Joseph Sundwall, “but other animate creatures interest me immensely as well.” Sundwall stood quietly near a wall of... Read more

  • "The Jury for Painting, Salon des Artistes Français," 1885, by Henri Gervex (French, 1852–1929). Oil on canvas, 115 3/4 inches by 151 1/4 inches. (Musée d’Orsay)

    19th-Century Academic European Paintings: The Power and Influence of the Paris Salon

    Until 1848, the Paris Salon was held in the Louvre, which many complained kept the masterpieces of the museum hidden for long periods each year... Read more

  • This undated photo provided by Lauren Paul shows an example of the Japanese flower-arranging tradition of ikebana. While Western floral design typically emphasizes flowers and color, ikebana is more focused on the sculptural lines, proportions and shape of the arrangement. Paul is president of Ikebana International's Detroit chapter. (Lauren Paul via AP)

    Ikebana: More Than Just Floral Design, It’s a Contemplative Art

    Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. It’s a tradition that goes back centuries, and its design principles are governed by specific rules and... Read more

  • Sibylle Eschapasse in Paris on July 31, 2016. (Marie-Edith Dugoujon)

    Sibylle’s Favorite Quotes About Paris

    Paris… or as they pronounce it in Paris: Paree! The city of lights and romance has inspired so many writers and artists over the years... Read more

  • (Ollyy/Shutterstock)

    Can Reading Fiction Literally Change Your Mind?

    If you are committed to the pleasures of reading, you may be pleased to discover that there is evidence to suggest that reading fiction is... Read more

  • A woman stops by one of the hundred of exhibitors' booths at The Word on the Street Toronto, 2015 (Kent Robinson).

    Canada’s Largest Literary Festival Returns in Celebration of the Written Word

    TORONTO—The Word On The Street, Canada’s largest annual book and magazine festival, returns this year with a newfound confidence in the literary word. Toronto, the... Read more

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13:  A general view of the books shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize For Fiction during a press conference at the offices of sponsor Man Group on September 13, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

    New Talent to the Fore in Man Booker Prize Shortlist

    Judges for top British literary award the Man Booker Prize spurned big-name novelists in favour of experimental new talent as they announced their shortlist in... Read more

  • Silve Materi, summer library assistant at Alberta Theatre, shows off the special bags that will be used to mail plays to participants in the Purple Play Club. (Courtesy of Alberta Theatre)

    Global Initiative Aims to Highlight the Importance of Libraries

    More than 250 libraries and organizations from around the world, including several in Canada, are participating this week in a grassroots initiative to bring attention... Read more

  • Dawn breaks over Pyongyang, North Korea, as buildings poke through the midst on Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-e)

    In North Korea, a Hardboiled (and Fictional) Cop Keeps Watch

    NEW YORK—The hero, a police inspector, prowls a city known more for its political malevolence than its street crime. If you read the local newspapers,... Read more

  • This March 19, 2016, photo released by Victoria J.H. Ritvo shows her husband, Max Ritvo, in Ojai, Calif. (Jose Villa via AP)

    Max Ritvo, Poet Who Chronicled Cancer Battle, Dies at 25

    LOS ANGELES—Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25... Read more

  • People light candles at a vigil outside the French consulate in Montreal, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered "all of Canada's support" to France on Friday night in the wake of "deeply worrying" terrorist attacks in Paris. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Promoting Peace Through Writing and Art

    In a world desperately longing to eradicate despotism and violence, the power of the written word is prominent and palpable in the 2016 IFLAC anthology... Read more

  • Cover of Thought Notebook Journal Issue Five. (courtesy of Thought Notebook Journal)

    Local Writer Sounds Off on Addictions and Obsessions

    Orange County resident Karen Corinne Herceg has written a thought-provoking essay which the Thought Notebook Journal published in its latest issue titled, “A Tough Pill... Read more

  • Cover of Come, You Spirits! by Milton Polsky, Warren Wyss, and Joanne Zipay. (courtesy of SUNY Orange)

    Shakespeare’s 400th: Supernatural in Bard’s Plays Keeps ‘Em Coming Back

    NEWBURGH—”Shakespeare knew how to make a good story and how to draw in an audience,” says Joanne Zipay, co-author of “Come, You Spirits! The supernatural... Read more

  • L-R: Albert Einstein (InformiguelCarreño, CC BY-SA 4.0), Francis Bacon by unknown artist and Henry David Thoreau in August 1861 at his second and final photographic sitting (both Public Domain).

    Book Review: ‘Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind’

    Creativity keeps you vividly in the moment, lets you see more opportunities in life, and helps you to have more fun. It is a birthright... Read more

  • Betsy Hughes in her home in Oakwood, Ohio. (David Leach)

    Poet Betsy Hughes: Classical Poetry Offers Us Strength

    A sonnet by Betsy Hughes offers unmistakable relief; you can actually understand what you are reading. Words in glistening, clear images form ideas, which gather... Read more

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    The Real Story Behind the Children’s Book ‘Love You Forever’

    “Love You Forever,” the popular children’s book, has a somber story behind it, according to the book’s author. Penned by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila... Read more

  • Victorian-era, middle-class black women who loved to read and write didn’t have many role models. (Jeffrey Green)

    After the Rediscovery of a 19th-Century Novel, Our View of Black Female Writers Is Transformed

    Two years ago, I was in the United Kingdom working on a follow-up project for my books “Black London” and “Black Victorians/Black Victoriana.” While looking... Read more

  • (Alice Hampson/CC0 1.0)

    Review: ‘Unseen City’ Celebrates Nature and Urban Parenting

    Nature writing is full of men heading off into the wilderness in search of something, but journalist Nathanael Johnson brings the genre into the 21st... Read more

  • Revised Cover - In the Name of Gucci

    A Gucci Tells All

    For a long time, Patricia Gucci had wanted to tell the world about her father, Aldo Gucci—the man who brought the famous brand to America... Read more

  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28:  Peter D. Kiernan III and Meryl Streep attend the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's A Magical Evening Gala at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 28, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation)

    Schulman Highlights Streep’s Early Career in ‘Her Again’

    Michael Schulman shares delightfully entertaining stories surrounding Meryl Streep’s early rise to stardom in “Her Again.” The book describes Streep’s reign as homecoming queen in... Read more

  • Irish author Joseph O'Connor attends the Festival of Literature in Rome on June 5th, 2008.  O'Connor has recently been made a literary ambassador for Ireland. (Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

    Irish Writer O’Connor and the Strange Music of Unhappy Families

    When the Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor reads his books aloud he almost sings them. Like his sister, the singer Sinead O’Connor, he is forever searching... Read more

  • LONDON - MARCH 09:  Professor Stanley Wells, the chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, unveils a painting of William Shakespeare which he believes to be the only authentic image of Shakespeare made during his life on March 9, 2009 in London, England.   (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

    In Today’s Most Popular Shows, Shakespeare’s Iconic Characters Live On

    Though Shakespeare’s death didn’t attract much attention in 1616, it’s big news today. To mark its 400th anniversary, there has been no end of events,... Read more

  • (lzf/istock)

    Book Review: ‘Restoring the Creation Mandate’

    Dr. Roger L. DeHaan’s book “Restoring the Creation Mandate” is a wonderful combination of religious thinking, fascinating autobiography, modern philosophy, and practical tips on health... Read more

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