Arts & Culture
  • One of the contestants in NTDTV's International Classical Chinese Dance Competition (Dai Bing/Epoch Times)

    Chinese Classical Dance Competition Semifinalists

    The following dancers have advanced to the next round of the NTDTV Chinese Classical Dance Competition in New York as semifinalists. The semifinals will be... Read more

  • Contestant #13 Jialin Chen of the Junior Female division leaps during a solo performance in the 2nd NTDTV Chinese Classical Dance Competition preliminaries on August 22 at the Town Hall Foundation in New York City. (Bing Dai/The Epoch Times)

    Chinese Dance Competition Completes Preliminaries

    NEW YORK—One Round Down, Two To Go. Forty-one dancers leapt, spun, and twirled their way into the semifinals of the second annual International Chinese Classical... Read more

  • The lovely Amy Irving as  Arriana, a nightclub chanteuse in The Waters of March.  (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: Summer Shorts 2: Festival of New American Short Plays (Series A)

    A quartet of slices of life   For the second year, “Summer Shorts” is presenting new American one-acts, an entertaining evening in the theater. (For... Read more

  • (L-R) Ryan Reilly and Tiffany Topol in The Boys From Syracuse. (Johnny Knight)

    Theater Review: ‘The Boys From Syracuse’

    Magic at the Drury Lane   CHICAGO—The magician is director David Bell. He has taken the Richard Rodgers and Laurence Hart 1938 musical, "The Boys... Read more

  • Teenager Robert (David Beck) and 50-something Anne (Mary Joy) in a New York park, sitting opposite the site of the notorious 1969  Stonewall riots in On A Bench. (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘Summer Shorts 2’

    Involving and amusing NEW YORK—Life, the possibilities it holds and the price it exacts—this theme is constantly present in Series A of "Summer Shorts 2:... Read more

  • Ms Pei-jong Hsieh pianist and stage manager for the Divine Performing Arts from New York. (The Epoch Times)

    Bringing the Best to the Audience

    The appealing piano melody streaming from her fingers was at times soft and graceful, and at times passionate. On the stage, she is an elegant... Read more

  • Classical Chinese Dance Competition Opens

    NEW YORK—World-class dancers will showcase their talents in Chinese dance during the second annual International Chinese Classical Dance Competition. The contest, hosted by New Tang... Read more

  • Great cellist Orlando Cole at nearly 100 years old. (Courtesy of David Cole)

    Reflections on a Great Musician

    Orlando Cole, the great American cellist born on Aug. 16, 1908, just celebrated his 100th birthday. His career has bridged two centuries of music-making. A... Read more

  • Songs to Save the World

    Musicians Unite for Human Rights in China

    One of the Fundamental Principles of Olympism, according to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is “…to place sport at the service of the harmonious development... Read more

  • Donald Erb, Important American Composer, Dies

    Donald Erb, an avant-garde composer of the 1960s and ’70s who helped promote the acceptance of electronic music, died Aug. 12 at his home in... Read more

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    Music For the Senses

    Have you ever wondered why you were drawn into a clothing shop when you had no intention of entering in the first place? Or do... Read more

  • Children hold hands while walking along a street in the ancient city of Pingyao, in northern China's Shanxi province. China's skewed sex ratio has been one consequence of its one-child policy, as many couples, particularly in rural areas, prefer a boy and (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

    China’s ‘Missing’ Girls

    Infanticide and abandonment are not on the radar screen With the start of the Olympics in Beijing, allow me to divert your attention away from... Read more

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    Journalists Honor Their Own

    Freedom of speech, ethics and transparency highlighted INDIANAPOLIS, In.—The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) recently honored outstanding contributions of its members. Sunshine awards will be... Read more

  • Author Gordon Chang recently spoke at the Taipei Cultural Center in New York about the effects of the 2008 Olympics on China. (The Epoch Times)

    Focus on the Writer…Gordon Chang

    Author foresees a new China after the Olympics NEW YORK—Gordon Chang has written several books on China. The writer recently spoke at the Taipei Cultural... Read more

  • Samantha Ives as Elizabeth Louise Vigee le Brun and Jonathan Kells Phillips as Count Alexis de Ligne in Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh.   (Briana Seferian)

    Theater Review: ‘Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh’

    A queen caught in a love triangle NEW YORK—Playwright Joel Gross has imagined a  provocative love triangle between doomed Queen of France Marie Antoinette (Amanda... Read more

  • Courtney Dowe lives in Tubman City, Maryland, USA and has  been following human rights issues in China for several years. (The Epoch Times)

    Song Compares Beijing Olympics to Nazi Olympics

    NEW YORK—As criticism of China’s underhanded tactics and failed promises mounts during the Beijing Olympics, a song comparing the Beijing Olympics to the 1936 Olympics... Read more

  • The enchanting Harmony France as Emma in a role she appears to have down pat in Tell Me on a Sunday.  (Courtesy of Keep Me Alive Photography)

    Theater Review: ‘Tell Me on a Sunday’

    Andrew Lloyd Webber’s one-woman musical CHICAGO—When we hear "Andrew Lloyd Webber," we think Big Musical Theater—"Evita," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Cats," and of... Read more

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    Album Review: Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez – Why is Bear Billowing?

    An irritating title and over-arty, over quirky, over quivery falsetto are only temporarily relieved by the pleasant guitars and the natural images of fields, trees,... Read more

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    Album Review: The Bookhouse Boys

    With a Spaghetti Western intro track a la live Richard Hawley this album splices an “it doesn’t matter what it’s called” English punk edge with... Read more

  • In the evening on August 10, 2008, the Divine Performing Arts performed at the New Jersey State Theater (Dai Bing/The Epoch Times)

    The Wonder of the Divine Performing Arts Reappears

    In the evening on August 10, the celebrated Divine Performing Arts (DPA) was invited to perform at the New Jersey State Theater, a pleasant surprise... 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

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

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

  • Michael Brown. (Jamie Beck)

    Composer Pianist Michael Brown on Creating Musical Journeys

    NEW YORK—Pianist and composer Michael Brown is a storyteller. During a recent recital, he performed a polished program weaving together a web of fugues by... Read more

  • The cast of "The Play The Goes Wrong." (Jeremy Daniel)

    Theater Review: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’

    NEW YORK—Anybody who has ever worked in theater or attended it on a regular basis has a story about things going amiss on stage, whether... Read more

  • (L–R) Steven Blakeley and Emily Laing in J.B. Priestley’s “The Roundabout,” Carol Rosegg/Brits Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters)

    Theater Review: ‘The Roundabout’: Revived British Parlor-Comedy Is Simply Outdated

    History has proven communism to be categorically the most deadly form of government ever; it has collectively killed approximately 150 million humans to date. So it... Read more

  • Curtain call at the final performance of Shen Yun at The Benedum Centre for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh on the evening of May 10, 2017. (The Epoch Times)

    Witnessing Beauty Through Shen Yun

    With its final performance on May 10 at Pittsburg’s Benedum Centre for the Performing Arts receiving resounding applause, Shen Yun Performing Arts concluded its extensive... Read more

  • The opening number with Christian Borle as Willie Wonka is a highlight of the new musical ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

    NEW YORK—When the curtain on the Broadway musical “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” rises to the music of “The Candy Man,” with Christian Borle appearing... Read more

  • Michael Volle as Holländer and Amber Wagner as Senta in Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer. (Richard Termine/Metropolitan Opera(

    Opera Review: ‘The Flying Dutchman’

    NEW YORK—Richard Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” (“The Flying Dutchman”) is back at the Metropolitan Opera with a strong cast headed by Michael Volle in the... Read more

  • Female Shen Yun dancers perform a classical Chinese dance number. (Courtesy of Shen Yun Performing Arts)

    Shen Yun Holds 51 Sold-out Performances Across Southwest US

    LOS ANGELES-The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Los Angeles Music Center was the final venue in Southern California where theatergoers could see Shen Yun Performing... Read more

  • Jean-Jacques Belhasen, creator and leader of the Lana Di Capra brand, attended the Shen Yun’s opening night in Paris on April 21, 2017. (NTD Television)

    Shen Yun Transports Fashion Designer Into ‘A Truly Magical Place’

    PARIS—Jean-Jacques Belhasen, the creator and leader of the Lana Di Capra brand, a house specializing in ready-to-wear cashmere, said he found Shen Yun dazzling and... Read more

  • Keri Alkema as Tosca in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tosca, 2017. (Michael Cooper)

    Singing the coveted role of Floria Tosca

    TORONTO—American soprano Keri Alkema first fell in love with opera after going to see “The Three Tenors” in concert as a high school student in... Read more

  • Diana Ross performing at New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ on August 16, 2013.
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    Diana Ross: Supremely Entertaining at City Center

    NEW YORK—Diana Ross brought her “Endless Memories” concert to City Center for a week of concerts, ending on April 29. Time has been kind to... Read more

  • The Unthank sisters and Molly Drake (centre). (The Unthanks)

    The Unthanks: How Wild the Wind Blows

    The Unthanks have gained considerable acclaim as an eclectically influenced folk group centred around the stunning vocal harmonies of Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank... Read more

  • Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company's curtain call at Palais des Congrès de Paris, on April 22, 2017. (Jian Ping/The Epoch Times)

    Shen Yun ‘Evokes the Sacred Meaning of the World’

    PARIS—On Saturday evening, the last of its three performances at the Palais des Congrès, Shen Yun Performing Arts was greeted by a full house. Hadrien... 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

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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” (, 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

  • Three children, dead from starvation, in November or December of 1921 in Russia. (Fridtjof Nansen)

    Why Do We Find Communist Art So Acceptable?

    Despite the untold horrors and cruelties of communist movements, it seems that some of our social institutions still don’t get it. As I write this... Read more

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    A Resurgence of Art

    NEW YORK—There’s a group of artists who most of the general public has yet to know exist. These are highly skilled painters, sculptors, and draftsmen trained... Read more

  • “Woman in Grecian Gown,” (detail) circa 1894, by Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849–1921) Oil and resin on canvas, glue lined, 54 inches by 38 inches. (Addison Gallery of American Art)

    The Masters’ Thread: How Thayer Inspires Jennifer Gennari

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread” (, artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. Although many artists, both living... Read more

  • This painting by Henri Felix Emmanuel Philippoteaux (1815–1884) depicts Lamartine, a reformist, before the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, rejecting the Red Flag on Feb. 25, 1848. The red flag represents terror, blood, and a "party's republic," Lamartine told the crowd. (Public Domain)

    Of ‘-isms,’ Institutions, and Radicals

    For many centuries, classical Western art was transmitted from generation to generation. Masters passed down their skills to disciples, who eventually became masters themselves, and... Read more

  • A landscape of Moscow architecture with the Borodinsky bridge, old classical buildings and modern city skyscrapers. (Dmitry Polonskiy/Shutterstock)

    Communism and Culture: Ugly, Sterile Buildings

    In the 1920s and ’30s, the “intelligentsia” in Europe and the liberal left in the United States became smitten with socialism and the grand Soviet... Read more

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    The Art of Architecture Celebrated at Eleventh Street Arts

    NEW YORK—Since the Renaissance, architecture has been called the mother of all the arts. Traditionally, architects had to master all of the other artistic skills of... 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

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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

  • (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

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    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

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    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

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    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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