Arts & Culture
  • 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

  • Madalyn McKay, Marnie Schulenburg, Aly Wirth, and Shelly Feldman in Anais Nin Goes to Hell, a show built around historical juxtapositions. (Erica Parise)

    Theater Review: ‘Anais Nin Goes to Hell’

    A provocative sojourn    NEW YORK—In David Stallings’s “Anais Nin Goes to Hell” (Hell appears to be an island off the coast of Hades), Anais encounters... Read more

  • 300 WINS: Randy Johnson salutes the crowd on June 4 after beating the Washington Nationals and reaching that all-important pitching milestone in one of baseball's memorable moments of the season so far. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

    Album Review: Randy Newman—Harps and Angels

    This one from a much-loved veteran of multi-genre exploration is flat overall, lacking true elevation into the depths of the blues that are its main... Read more

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    Album Review: Working for a Nuclear Free City—Businessmen and Ghosts

    This over long album teaches us very little despite trying to teach us a great deal—like many an IT class. It has no palpable heart... Read more

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    Album Review: Golden Animals—Free Your Mind and Win a Pony

    Golden Animals' Free Your Mind and Win a Pony is a collection of languid Morrison-esque vocals and back-country drums that reminisce of a time when... Read more

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    Album Review: Smile Down Upon Us

    Truly a product of the MySpace generation, Smile Down Upon Us were put together using the social networking tool, with vocalist moomLooo in Japan and... Read more

  • Jazz percussionist Marilyn Mazur has played with in the bands of jazz greats such as Miles Davis and Gil Evans. Her new solo album is called “Elixir.” (Courtesy of Marilyn Mazur)

    Album Review: Marilyn Mazur—’Elixir’

    Someone once dubbed Miles Davis’s surviving sidemen “the Sons of Miles,” but where would that leave Marilyn Mazur, who played on the trumpeter’s arguably last... Read more

  • DIVINE: Chinese painter Gu Kaizhi depicts a prince encountering a goddess at a river. (Courtesy of Tony Dai) [Please click on Picture to see undistorted version]

    Chinese Painting of the Week

    Gu Kaizhi (c. 345-405), was born in Wuxi, Jiangsu province and is believed to be the founder of traditional Chinese painting. By 366, he had... Read more

  • Penny Pray of Westfield, NJ at the DPA show on August 10. (Cary Dunst/ The Epoch Times)

    ‘Loved the Blending of Modern and Ancient’

    The Chinese Spectacular, performed by the Divine Performing Arts Dance Company at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey on August 10th, was enjoyed... Read more

  • ‘Singing Is My Life!’

    Artist Profiles at NTDTV’s International Chinese Vocal Competition   Xufeng Lin from Singapore traveled to New York to participate in New Tang Dynasty Television’s Chinese... Read more

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    The Art of Precious Stone Carving and Mosaic Inlay

    During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, it was common practice to cut semi-precious stones, such as agate and lapis lazuli, to fashion extravagantly designed luxury... Read more

  • Anne Chen from Taiwan weeps as she finishes her aria “Singnore Ascolta” from Puccini’s “Turandot” in NTD Television's International Vocal Competition Finals on August    (Dai Bing/ The Epoch Times)

    Vocal Finalist Sheds Heartfelt Tears on Stage

    (NEW YORK)— Young lyric soprano Anne Chen from Taiwan, participating in New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV)’s International Chinese Vocal Competition held in the Town Hall... Read more

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    A Reading of ‘The Character of a Happy Life’ by Sir Henry Wotton

            The Character of a Happy Life How happy is he born and taughtThat serveth not another’s will;Whose armour is his honest... Read more

  • The debut of the Chinese Spectacular in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (The Epoch Times)

    Divine Performing Arts Delights at New Brunswick

    New Brunswick, the county seat of Middlesex County and home to Rutgers University, is known for its rich cultural heritage. Centrally located between New York... Read more

  • Paula Scrofano and John Reeger, in "The Gin Game." (Brett Beiner)

    Theater Review: ‘The Gin Game’

    OAKBROOK, Ill.—There’s nothing inspiring about D. L. Coburn’s 1976 Pulitzer Prize-winning (1978) drama “The Gin Game.” But Drury Lane’s production does remind us that, at... Read more

  • Mika and Richard Stoltzman. (Courtesy of Mika Stoltzman)

    CD Review: ‘Duo Cantando’

    “Duo Cantando” (released through the Savoy Label Group) is a new recording by the husband and wife team of Mika Stoltzman and Richard Stoltzman. Richard... Read more

  • (L) Bessie (Lili Taylor) has been diagnosed with leukemia and her sister Lee (Janeane Garofalo) and nephew Hank (Jack DiFalco) come to help. (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Marvin’s Room’

    NEW YORK—Being a caregiver can require much more than simply tending to another’s needs. Often, it means putting your own life on hold—for who knows... Read more

  • Cyrano (James Ridge) listens in anticipation to hear who his cousin Roxane (Laura Rook) truly loves. (Michael Brosilow)

    Theater Review: ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’

    SPRING GREEN, Wisc.—”Cyrano de Bergerac” has often been reduced to a story of unrequited love, perhaps the most famous of its kind in all of... Read more

  • Carolee Carmello and Norm Lewis take over the roles of Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney Todd in the Barrow Street Theatre production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

    NEW YORK—The current revival of the 1979 Broadway musical continues at the Barrow Street Theatre but it is a somewhat softer and at times, funnier... Read more

  • (C) Winston (Tom Sturridge), a man guilty of throughtcrime, after he is tortured by the state party Big Brother, represented by a (R) party official (Reed Birney), in the stage adaptation of George Orwell's "1984." Government surveillance is constant and all inclusive. (Julieta-Cervante)

    A World of Misinformation and Censorship

    NEW YORK—In George Orwell’s gripping novel “1984,” the most dangerous type of oppression is one not clearly defined but still capable of insidiously suffocating those... Read more

  • Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s 2014 production of the “Fairy Queen.” (Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble)

    Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble: An Opportunity for Young Singers

    When Christopher Fecteau moved to New York City in 1997, he discovered there were few opportunities for young singers to gain experience. To remedy the... 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—Life offers second chances, but not always those one expects, as shown in Horton Foote’s quiet 1954 play “The Traveling Lady.” Presented by La Femme... 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 until... 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.” (

    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

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    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

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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

  • Actor Petr Louzensky as Rafael Schächter in a scene from the award-winning documentary "Defiant Requiem." (Partisan Pictures)

    Requiem Survivors

    Music has a transformative effect on the human spirit. Detailing how music empowered a persecuted people to defend their dignity, the 2006 documentary “Defiant Requiem:... Read more

  • Artist Harvey Dinnerstein in his studio in Brooklyn, New York, on May 31, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

    Harvey Dinnerstein, the Artist With Thirsty Eyes

    NEW YORK—Harvey Dinnerstein waited at the bottom of the stairs of his Brooklyn brownstone, contemplating the darkness of the interior space. Since a broken washing... Read more

  • Artist Katie G. Whipple in her studio in Southampton on June 23, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

    Artist Katie G. Whipple Kindles Joy and Contemplation

    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y.—You cannot help but feel instantaneous joy when you first set eyes on Katie G. Whipple’s flower paintings. When you look longer, a plethora of meaning... Read more

  • “Patchwork Dream,” by Morgan Weistling, 2007. Oil on canvas, 20 inches by 30 inches. (Courtesy of Morgan Weistling)

    Respite From the Clamor: Lessons From Morgan Weistling

    Fine artist Morgan Weistling upholds the lineage of the golden age of illustration, along with the likes of Norman Rockwell, J.C. Leyendecker, and his mentor... Read more

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    Sotheby’s to Auction J. M. W. Turner’s Private Masterpiece

    Almost exactly two years since famous painter J.M.W. Turner’s “Modern Rome—Campo Vaccino” sold for $45.1 million in London, another of the artist’s works is up... Read more

  • Robert Frank in Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada in 2014. (DoDo Jin Ming)

    The Photographer Who Loves America

    NEW YORK—Robert Frank composed his photographic portrait of the country, “The Americans,” like a silent lover who gives attention generously but remains elusive. He would... Read more

  • "Portrait of a Young Woman," 1867, by Edgar Degas (1834–1917). Oil on canvas, 8.6 inches by 10.6 inches, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. (Public Domain)

    The Masters’ Thread: How Degas Inspires Burton Silverman

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread” (, artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. In agreeing to write about... 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

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    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” (, 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

  • Pupils practice cursive writing on Oct. 15, 2013 at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in Ellicott City, Maryland.  (Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Making the Case for Cursive Writing

    Cursive writing has come under attack in recent years for being old-fashioned, irrelevant, and unnecessary. Many schools have dropped it from their curriculum, choosing instead... Read more

  • Portrait of Richard III, late 16th-century, National Portrait Gallery. Richard had been painted as a villain in most historical accounts. (Public Domain)

    Historian Jason Goetz: Reclaiming Our History to Mend Our Culture

    Historian and educator Jason Goetz looks to the classics as a means for our culture to survive. As author of two sets of histories, one... Read more

  • New York's Fouth of July celebrations. (Annie Zhuo/Epoch Times)

    The Promise of America Remembered in Books

    The Fourth of July is an exciting ritual of summer—barbecues, parades, and fireworks. Yet the true meaning of Independence Day is to recall the adoption... 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... 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

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