Arts & Culture
  • (Courtesy of Klara Min)

    Pianist Klara Min on Having Faith in Music

    NEW YORK—Concert pianist Klara Min has a dynamic spirit.  In a recent concert, she put together a program of music with alternating themes of lightness... Read more

  • Bette Midler is Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” (Julieta Cervantes)

    Theater Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’

    NEW YORK—You know you’re in for something special when the audience starts applauding as the overture begins. With Bette Midler in the title role of the... Read more

  • Suiti women in traditional folk costume perform drone singing in the Suiti language. (Ethnic Culture Center Suiti Foundation)

    Latvia’s UNESCO Intangible Cultural Treasures

    Latvia, with Estonia in the North, Lithuania in the South, and the Baltic Sea with its Gulf of Riga to the West and Russia in... Read more

  • Alexandre Olshansky is a graceful Alexandre and Anastasia Shevkenko is a dazzling Marie in the ballet “La Dame aux Camélias,” choreographed by Aniko Rekhviashvili  at the Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. (Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine)

    ‘La Dame aux Camélias’ at the Kiev Ballet

    KIEV, Ukraine—The house was almost sold out, with many families with small children in attendance—more than one would generally see at a Saturday night performance... Read more

  • “Concord Grapes,” 2016, by Carlo Russo. Oil on linen, 12 inches by 14 inches, private collection. (Courtesy of Carlo Russo)

    The Masters’ Thread: How Joseph Decker Inspires Carlo Russo

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread” (ept.ms/mastersthread), artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. During my student days at... Read more

  • MALIBU, CA - JANUARY 14:  Alex & Ani host ROCK4EB! with Sting and Chris Cornell at EBMRF Benefit on January 14, 2017 in Malibu, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for EBMRF)

    Celebrity Suicide and the American Dream

    Suicide is the most untimely and disturbing of endings. Even the gravity of murder can pale in comparison to taking one’s own life. The bleakness... Read more

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    ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Returns to the Stage

    TORONTO—Four days before the New York opening of his play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Tennessee Williams published an essay in the New York Times about... Read more

  • Members of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir, and the Kühn Choir of Prague take the stage before the June 6, 2013 screening of “Defiant Requiem” in the St. Vitus Cathedral. (Josef Rabara)

    Documentary on Verdi’s Requiem at Terezin

    Music has a transformative effect on the human spirit. Like the African American spirituals that grew out of slavery as expressions of religious faith and... Read more

  • Derren Brown, the psychological magician, first puts his audience at ease in "Derren Brown: Secret.” (Ahron R. Foster)

    Theater Review: ‘Derren Brown: Secret’

    NEW YORK—Currently holding court at the Atlantic Theater Company is the world premiere of the one-person show “Derren Brown: Secret,” and, yes, there is a... Read more

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    Art of Zhen Shan Ren Museum Opens in Arizona

    TEMPE, Ariz.—”The Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Exhibition” received acclaim in 900 cities and 50 countries as it toured across Europe, the Americas, Australia,... Read more

  • Tim Ribchester conducting in Vidin, Bulgaria in October. (Courtesy of Tim Ribchester)

    Conductor Tim Ribchester: The Classics Achieve Both Breadth and Depth in Their Impact

    Classical music has the capacity to connect with people deeply and to transcend cultural differences, says conductor Tim Ribchester, who now lives in Berlin. Ribchester has... Read more

  • Josephine Bonaparte (1763–1814); Empress Consort of France 1804–10; Queen Consort of Italy 1805–10), circa 1832, by Pierre-Jean David d’Angers (1788–1856).
Gilt copper alloy, cast; 177.8 mm. Collection of Dr. Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher. (Michael Bodycomb)

    The Portrait Medal, a Gift of Immortality

    NEW YORK—Social media existed long ago. During the Renaissance, you could view someone’s profile and carry it with you in your pocket in the form of... Read more

  • (Copyright Pearl Gan in association with Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, vietnam; Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit, jakarta and The Wellcome Trust)

    Capturing the Face of Malaria in Asia

    Malaria victims in Asia are usually poor, isolated and voiceless. It’s as if these people don’t truly exist. However, the situation there is steadily improving,... Read more

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    Books Ranging From Astrophysics to the Resiliency of a Family

    ‘A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order‘ By Richard HaassPenguin Press352 pages; hardcover $28.00 This book has a lot... Read more

  • Six Degrees of Separation
BROADWAYPLAY
ETHEL BARRYMORE THEATRE
243 W. 47TH ST.

CAST
Allison Janney 
Ouisa 
Corey Hawkins 
Paul 
John Benjamin Hickey 
Flan 
Jim Bracchitta 
Policeman 
Tony Carlin 
Doorman 
Michael Countryman 
Larkin 
James Cusati-Moyer 
Broadway debut	Hustler 
Ned Eisenberg 
Dr. Fine 
Lisa Emery 
Kitty 
Keenan Jolliff 
Broadway debut	Woody 
Peter Mark Kendall 
Broadway debut	Rick 
Cody Kostro 
Broadway debut	Doug 
Sarah Mezzanotte 
Broadway debut	Elizabeth 
Colby Minifie 
Tess 
Paul O'Brien 
Detective 
Chris Perfetti 
Trent 
Ned Riseley 
Broadway debut	Ben 
Michael Siberry 
Geoffrey 

Written by John Guare
Directed by Trip Cullman
Scenic Design by Mark Wendland; Costume Design by Clint Ramos; Lighting Design by Ben Stanton; Sound Design by Darron L. West; Projection Design by Lucy Mackinnon; Wig Design by Charles LaPointe

    Theater Review: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’

    NEW YORK—There’s a fine line between believing the truth of a situation and wanting to believe it.  The powerful Broadway revival of John Guare’s 1990... Read more

  • (L–R) Robert David Grant and Ari Brand, play brothers with fortune always seeming to befriend one more than the other, in “The Lucky One” by A.A. Milne. (Richard Termine)

    Theater Review: ‘The Lucky One’

    NEW YORK—Although A.A. Milne is known predominantly for his lovely series of “Winnie the Pooh” children’s books, he was also a prolific playwright, penning over... Read more

  • Sibylle Eschapasse and her brother Thomas Eschapasse in La Baule, France. (Rene-Victor Eschapasse)

    Sibylle’s Favorite Quotes About Travel

    As the saying goes, what we all want in life, is to travel, fall in love, and be happy. Travelling to new places is so... Read more

  • VIP Reception of 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in Manhatan, New York, on May 12, 2017. (Milene Fernandez/The Epoch Times)

    A One of a Kind Art Salon Champions Realism

    NEW YORK—The most prominent realist art competition, and the only one of its kind, the ARC Salon opened its exhibition to the public at the... Read more

  • Opera singer Darren Chase at his home in Manhattan, New York, on April 21, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

    Baritone Darren Chase: Classics Provide Endless Inspiration

    The classics offer artists endless inspiration, says baritone Darren Chase. Each classic piece not only captures its creator’s zeitgeist, but also becomes fertile soil for... Read more

  • (L–R) Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley (background), and Ann Harada in a scene from the Classic Stage Company’s production of “Pacific Overtures.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Pacific Overtures’

    NEW YORK—Change, be it good or bad, is always inevitable. The secret is never losing sight of who you are during the process, a lesson... Read more

  • (L–R) Henry (P.J. Sosko), meets his daughter Margaret Rose (Korinne Tetlow) and his wife Georgette Thomas (Jean Lichty) after being estranged for six years, in “Traveling Lady.” (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘The Traveling Lady’

    NEW YORK—Horton Foote quiet 1954 play “The Traveling Lady” makes the point that life offers second chances, but not always those one expects.  Presented by... Read more

  • "The Pearl Fishers." (Erato)

    DVD Review: ‘The Pearl Fishers’

    While Bizet’s “Carmen” is one of the world’s most popular operas, “The Pearl Fishers” (“Les Pêcheurs de Perles”) on the other hand, had not been... Read more

  • Irish actor Brendan Conroy appears in the one-man show “The Aran Islands,” about the inhabitants of the islands as seen by playwright John Millington Synge around the turn of the 19th century. (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘The Aran Islands’

    NEW YORK—More than 10 years ago, I visited Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands off the coast of Galway, Ireland, and I can... Read more

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    Betty Buckley and Judy Collins: Still Going Strong

    Judy Collins and Betty Buckley both emerged as stars in the 1960s. Collins’s first recording was released in 1961, and Buckley made her Broadway debut... Read more

  • British poet Siegfried Sassoon (Nicholas Carriere) in playwright Joseph Pearce’s “Death Comes for the War Poets.” (sheencenter.org)

    Theater Review: ‘Death Comes for the War Poets’

    NEW YORK—Britishers Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen were arguably the greatest war poets of World War I. Playwright Joseph Pearce has created a theater piece... Read more

  • Dancer Hannah Fischer makes her debut in the iconic roles of Odette and Odile (Karolina Kuras)

    ‘Swan Lake’: The Quintessential Classical Ballet

    TORONTO—Swans often symbolize purity, grace, and perfection. They are linked to feminine beauty and strength. Few other art forms value these qualities as much as classical... Read more

  • New CD collection of Ella Fitzgerald. (Verve)

    Two CD Compilations Honor Icons Fitzgerald and Belafonte

    Two icons of American music celebrated landmark birthdays this year, Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) and Harry Belafonte (1927-), and both are honored by new CD collections... Read more

  • Open sketch at the "First Fridays" event at The Frick Collection in New York City on June 2, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

    First Fridays at The Frick Collection

    NEW YORK—Every first Friday of the month, people wait in a line that circles halfway around the Fifth Avenue block between 70th and 71st streets to... Read more

  • The mayor’s daughter (Talene Monahon) and Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestekov (Michael Urie), who is assumed to be government official sent to spy on the town, in “The Government Inspector.” (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘The Government Inspector’

    NEW YORK—When the citizens of a provincial town in 19th century Russia get wind of an imminent visit by a major government official, visiting incognito... Read more

  • (Courtesy of Klara Min)

    Pianist Klara Min on Having Faith in Music

    NEW YORK—Concert pianist Klara Min has a dynamic spirit.  In a recent concert, she put together a program of music with alternating themes of lightness... Read more

  • Bette Midler is Dolly Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” (Julieta Cervantes)

    Theater Review: ‘Hello, Dolly!’

    NEW YORK—You know you’re in for something special when the audience starts applauding as the overture begins. With Bette Midler in the title role of the... Read more

  • streetcar-duet_donald-thom_svetlana

    ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Returns to the Stage

    TORONTO—Four days before the New York opening of his play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Tennessee Williams published an essay in the New York Times about... Read more

  • Members of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir, and the Kühn Choir of Prague take the stage before the June 6, 2013 screening of “Defiant Requiem” in the St. Vitus Cathedral. (Josef Rabara)

    Documentary on Verdi’s Requiem at Terezin

    Music has a transformative effect on the human spirit. Like the African American spirituals that grew out of slavery as expressions of religious faith and... Read more

  • Derren Brown, the psychological magician, first puts his audience at ease in "Derren Brown: Secret.” (Ahron R. Foster)

    Theater Review: ‘Derren Brown: Secret’

    NEW YORK—Currently holding court at the Atlantic Theater Company is the world premiere of the one-person show “Derren Brown: Secret,” and, yes, there is a... Read more

  • Tim Ribchester conducting in Vidin, Bulgaria in October. (Courtesy of Tim Ribchester)

    Conductor Tim Ribchester: The Classics Achieve Both Breadth and Depth in Their Impact

    Classical music has the capacity to connect with people deeply and to transcend cultural differences, says conductor Tim Ribchester, who now lives in Berlin. Ribchester has... Read more

  • Six Degrees of Separation
BROADWAYPLAY
ETHEL BARRYMORE THEATRE
243 W. 47TH ST.

CAST
Allison Janney 
Ouisa 
Corey Hawkins 
Paul 
John Benjamin Hickey 
Flan 
Jim Bracchitta 
Policeman 
Tony Carlin 
Doorman 
Michael Countryman 
Larkin 
James Cusati-Moyer 
Broadway debut	Hustler 
Ned Eisenberg 
Dr. Fine 
Lisa Emery 
Kitty 
Keenan Jolliff 
Broadway debut	Woody 
Peter Mark Kendall 
Broadway debut	Rick 
Cody Kostro 
Broadway debut	Doug 
Sarah Mezzanotte 
Broadway debut	Elizabeth 
Colby Minifie 
Tess 
Paul O'Brien 
Detective 
Chris Perfetti 
Trent 
Ned Riseley 
Broadway debut	Ben 
Michael Siberry 
Geoffrey 

Written by John Guare
Directed by Trip Cullman
Scenic Design by Mark Wendland; Costume Design by Clint Ramos; Lighting Design by Ben Stanton; Sound Design by Darron L. West; Projection Design by Lucy Mackinnon; Wig Design by Charles LaPointe

    Theater Review: ‘Six Degrees of Separation’

    NEW YORK—There’s a fine line between believing the truth of a situation and wanting to believe it.  The powerful Broadway revival of John Guare’s 1990... Read more

  • (L–R) Robert David Grant and Ari Brand, play brothers with fortune always seeming to befriend one more than the other, in “The Lucky One” by A.A. Milne. (Richard Termine)

    Theater Review: ‘The Lucky One’

    NEW YORK—Although A.A. Milne is known predominantly for his lovely series of “Winnie the Pooh” children’s books, he was also a prolific playwright, penning over... Read more

  • Opera singer Darren Chase at his home in Manhattan, New York, on April 21, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

    Baritone Darren Chase: Classics Provide Endless Inspiration

    The classics offer artists endless inspiration, says baritone Darren Chase. Each classic piece not only captures its creator’s zeitgeist, but also becomes fertile soil for... Read more

  • (L–R) Steven Eng, Megan Masako Haley (background), and Ann Harada in a scene from the Classic Stage Company’s production of “Pacific Overtures.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Pacific Overtures’

    NEW YORK—Change, be it good or bad, is always inevitable. The secret is never losing sight of who you are during the process, a lesson... Read more

  • Roberto Alagna as Cyrano in Franco Alfano's “Cyrano de Bergerac.”  (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

    Opera Review: ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’

    NEW YORK—Franco Alfano’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” is a minor opera, but with Roberto Alagna in the title role, a strong supporting cast and a beautiful... Read more

  • “Court Ladies Wearing Flowered Headdresses,” by Zhou Fang. Silk hand scroll, 18 inches by 71 inches, Liaoning Provincial Museum, Shenyang Province, China. (Public domain)

    Zhou Fang’s ‘Court Ladies Wearing Flowered Headdresses’

    Whether worn by the First Lady, celebrities at the Oscars, or society women at a Met Gala, high fashion appeals to us. Some believe that... Read more

  • "Abraham entertaining the Angels," 1646, by Rembrandt (1606–1669). Oil on panel, 6 3/8 inches by 8 3/8 inches, private collection. (Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    The Suspense Between Seeing and Believing

    NEW YORK—We know Rembrandt for his colossal masterpieces, for his captivating self-portraits, and for the vitality in every one of his works, big or small... Read more

  • Alexis Light, senior manager of media relations and marketing for The Frick (front), speaks with artist Annika Connor and another guest in The Frick’s Fifth Avenue Garden during the Spring Garden Party for Fellows of The Frick Collection on June 7. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

    The Triumph of Flora at The Frick

    NEW YORK—It was a beautiful start to summer as about 800 guests attended the annual Spring Garden Party for Fellows at The Frick Collection in... Read more

  • Open sketch at the "First Fridays" event at The Frick Collection in New York City on June 2, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

    First Fridays at The Frick Collection

    NEW YORK—Every first Friday of the month, people wait in a line that circles halfway around the Fifth Avenue block between 70th and 71st streets to... Read more

  • The Louvre cour Napoléon

    How to visit the Louvre

    Once a medieval fortress, turned into a royal palace, then a museum: with around 38,000 works of art on display, the Louvre takes you on... Read more

  • “Concord Grapes,” 2016, by Carlo Russo. Oil on linen, 12 inches by 14 inches, private collection. (Courtesy of Carlo Russo)

    The Masters’ Thread: How Joseph Decker Inspires Carlo Russo

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread” (ept.ms/mastersthread), artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. During my student days at... Read more

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    Art of Zhen Shan Ren Museum Opens in Arizona

    TEMPE, Ariz.—”The Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Exhibition” received acclaim in 900 cities and 50 countries as it toured across Europe, the Americas, Australia,... Read more

  • Josephine Bonaparte (1763–1814); Empress Consort of France 1804–10; Queen Consort of Italy 1805–10), circa 1832, by Pierre-Jean David d’Angers (1788–1856).
Gilt copper alloy, cast; 177.8 mm. Collection of Dr. Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher. (Michael Bodycomb)

    The Portrait Medal, a Gift of Immortality

    NEW YORK—Social media existed long ago. During the Renaissance, you could view someone’s profile and carry it with you in your pocket in the form of... Read more

  • (Copyright Pearl Gan in association with Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, vietnam; Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit, jakarta and The Wellcome Trust)

    Capturing the Face of Malaria in Asia

    Malaria victims in Asia are usually poor, isolated and voiceless. It’s as if these people don’t truly exist. However, the situation there is steadily improving,... Read more

  • VIP Reception of 12th International ARC Salon Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in Manhatan, New York, on May 12, 2017. (Milene Fernandez/The Epoch Times)

    A One of a Kind Art Salon Champions Realism

    NEW YORK—The most prominent realist art competition, and the only one of its kind, the ARC Salon opened its exhibition to the public at the... Read more

  • "The North Cape by Moonlight," 1848, by Peder Balke. Oil on canvas, private collection, Oslo. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    Maverick Norwegian Artist Peder Balke Rediscovered

    NEW YORK—”The beauty of nature takes the leading role,” wrote the Norwegian artist Peder Balke (1804–1887) about his journey to Finnmark. The northernmost point of... Read more

  • Wall Painting with Scene from the Sacrifice of Iphigeneia. Fresco on plaster, ca. 62 AD, from Pompeii. Casa del Poeta Tragico Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli. (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli / Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo)

    Ancient Greece Gives Us ‘A World of Emotions’

    NEW YORK—”Think of your father.” These words bring the Greek war hero Achilles to tears when the Trojan king, Priam, requests the delivery of his... Read more

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    14 Artists Break Down the Creative Process

    The act of creation—making something from nothing—is remarkable. Survey after survey reveals what a valued trait creativity is to us today, and scholars strive to... Read more

  • Colleen Barry, artist and curator, prepares the "Self Portrait" exhibition at Eleventh Street Arts gallery in Long Island City, New York on April 19, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

    Self-Portraits: Meeting the Artist Eye-to-Eye

    NEW YORK—We see others differently from how they see themselves. Artists’ self-portraits bridge that inevitable gap to some degree—forthrightly only in rare instances. Not only do... Read more

  • A woman looks at "The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula," 1610, by Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi, Italian, 1571–1610). Oil on canvas, Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, Palazzo Zevallos Stigliano, Naples. (Milene Fernandez/The Epoch Times)

    Caravaggio’s Last Two Paintings Reunited at The Met

    NEW YORK—Expressions of denial, guilt, and regret are written all over the faces of the main figures in the last two works of the Italian... Read more

  • (L to R) John Haldane, J. Newton Rayzor, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University; Mark Johnston, Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy​, Princeton University; Sir Roger Scruton, Writer and Philosopher, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington D.C.; Alicja Gescinska, Philosopher and Novelist; Daniel Cullen, Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College, at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions event, "The Achievements of Sir Roger Scruton," in Princeton University, on April 3, 2017. (Sameer A. Khan)

    Celebrating the Philosopher of Beauty

    PRINCETON, N.J.—If you care about beauty in art, music, and architecture; if you are looking for consolation in the world; if you want to learn... Read more

  • Chariot Model (Modern Replica) China, original: Qin dynasty (221–206 B.C.),
bronze with pigments
chariot box, including axles: width 53 1/2 inches, depth 25 inches, weight 220.5 pounds; canopy: height 4 inches, diameter 49 1/2 inches; weight 66 pounds; each horse: height 36 1/2 inches, weight 13 1/2 inches, length 46 1/2 inches, Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum. (Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties

    NEW YORK—In ancient times, the people of China believed their culture was divinely inspired. The elegant works of art and exquisitely made objects displayed in... Read more

  • Iconic poster of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin with a little girl named Gelya. The poster was used as propaganda to  show the dictator as a father to his people. In fact, Stalin most likely had both of Gelya's parents killed. (Courtesy of William Vollinger)

    The Reality of Soviet Art

    LONDON, U.K.—The Royal Academy’s Russian Revolution exhibition is vast and complicated. A realist painting of Stalin, glorified, stares from a wall in the first room... Read more

  • “Portrait of a Man with a Cast in his Eye,” (Detail) 1521, by Lucas van Leiden (circa 1494–1533, The Netherlands). Charcoal and black chalk, with traces of white chalk, Nationalmuseum, Sweden. (Milene Fernandez/Epoch Times)

    The Masters’ Thread: How the Engraver’s Mark Inspires Colleen Barry

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread” (ept.ms/mastersthread), artists share their thoughts about how masterpieces inspire their current work. I am trying to understand how to... Read more

  • "Island Pagoda," from the book, "Foochow and the River Min," circa 1873, by John Thomson. Carbon print. (Courtesy of Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection)

    Glimpses of a Lost World Through Early Chinese Photography

    NEW YORK—Two men clad in leather and fur stand side by side with their legs wide and firmly planted on the ground, next to a... Read more

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    Books Ranging From Astrophysics to the Resiliency of a Family

    ‘A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order‘ By Richard HaassPenguin Press352 pages; hardcover $28.00 This book has a lot... Read more

  • Victorian Mossy Cottage (Courtesy of Sally J. Smith)

    Fairy Houses as Environmental Art

    Fairies, the magical creatures that shimmer in the forest, were for many years believed to be hidden in the woodland landscapes of Monhegan Island, Maine. The locals there... Read more

  • (shutterstock)

    14 Artists Break Down the Creative Process

    The act of creation—making something from nothing—is remarkable. Survey after survey reveals what a valued trait creativity is to us today, and scholars strive to... Read more

  • (L to R) John Haldane, J. Newton Rayzor, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Baylor University; Mark Johnston, Henry Putnam University Professor of Philosophy​, Princeton University; Sir Roger Scruton, Writer and Philosopher, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington D.C.; Alicja Gescinska, Philosopher and Novelist; Daniel Cullen, Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College, at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions event, "The Achievements of Sir Roger Scruton," in Princeton University, on April 3, 2017. (Sameer A. Khan)

    Celebrating the Philosopher of Beauty

    PRINCETON, N.J.—If you care about beauty in art, music, and architecture; if you are looking for consolation in the world; if you want to learn... Read more

  • "Coalbrookdale by Night" by Philip James de Loutherbourg.

    Poetry About the Environment

    There is still serious debate over the existence of man-made climate change and the negative effects of genetically modified crops. But no one can reasonably... Read more

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    Books Offering Panaceas for Our Times, and a Look Back at History

    ‘Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations’  By Thomas L. FriedmanFarrar, Straus, and Giroux528 pages; hardcover $28... Read more

  • (Ramsey Press)

    Book Review: ‘Business Boutique—A Woman’s Guide for Making Money Doing What She Loves’

    In answer to what she describes as “a movement of women creating businesses… doing what they love,” business coach, speaker, and now author Christy Wright... Read more

  • "The Wedding of Samson" by Rembrandt. (The York Project)

    The Deep and Fun History of Poetic Riddles

    In one of the tensest moments in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” Gollum is ready to eat Bilbo Baggins if he cannot answer this riddle correctly: Alive... Read more

  • (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Poetry and the Power of Praise

    In the classical traditions and history of every human culture, there was a belief in the divine and a deep reverence for it. This gave... Read more

  • The graphic novel by Tunisian-born Néjib takes a semi-fictional look at David Bowie's formative years in south London. (Courtesy SelfMadeHero)

    Haddon Hall: When David Invented Bowie

    “Haddon Hall, When David Invented Bowie”, is a charming semi-fictional account of the late rock legend’s formative years. It is a graphic novel, a book... Read more

  • A photo of 2-year-old Mary Grabar on her inoculation records when she entered the United States. (Courtesy of Mary Grabar)

    Communism and Culture: Another, Different Kind of Immigrant Experience

    A recent Publishers Weekly newsletter listed “10 Essential Books About the Immigrant Experience.” None are about my kind of “immigrant experience,” nor have they ever... Read more

  • "Pentonville Road" by John O'Connor. (public domain)

    The Music of Words and Poetry (Part 2)

    Language that uses poetic meter, knowingly or unknowingly, is among the most powerful. Perhaps the most famous line in all of English literature is “To... Read more

  • "Sappho and Alcaeus" by Lawrence Alma-Tadema. (public domain)

    The Music of Words and Poetry

    “Four score and seven years ago …” Even if you can’t tell me where these six words come from, there is a good chance that you... Read more

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    Books to Help Us Understand Homelessness

    Homelessness is a complex issue, affecting more people than we’d like to think. A report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)... Read more

  • The Reception Of Christopher Columbus By Ferdinand II Of Aragon And Isabella by Eugene Deveria.

    Valentine’s Day Poetry for Any Situation

    For Valentine’s Day, I offer you some love poems for almost any situation. The first poem, by the great poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, is perfect... Read more

  • "The Lute Player" by Frans Hals. (public domain)

    Rhymes Remain Fertile Ground for Humorists

    From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss, rhyming poetry has induced laughter in children for century after century. The enchantment of rhyme, while considered somewhat passé... Read more

  • "Italian Dream" (Aline Coquelle)

    A Publisher That Champions Beauty

    NEW YORK—If Martine Assouline has a motto, it might be that “beauty is necessary—or that culture is the best accessory.” “I strongly believe that when... Read more

  • Cadets of the KGB Moscow Higher Frontier Guards Command Academy parade in Red Square, Moscow, in 1972. (RIA Novosti archive, image #700215/Lev Polikashin/CC-BY-SA 3.0)

    The Nature and Fate of Soviet Communism in ‘One Day We Will Live Without Fear’

    Nearly a century ago, Bolshevik revolutionaries toppled the legal Russian government and murdered the royal family, establishing the world’s first communist regime. For the seven... Read more

  • (Hachette Books)

    8 Books With Simple Truths to Remember All Year Long

    At the beginning of a new year, I like to review the past year and think about positive things in my life that I might... Read more

  • "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" circa 1830, by Hokusai. (public domain)

    How to Write a Haiku

    The Japanese-inspired haiku is perhaps the most well-known and often-used form of poetry today. Schoolchildren the English-speaking world over know that a haiku has five... Read more

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