Arts & Culture
  • Beverage Company CEO: “Unbelievable”

    NEW YORK—Mr. Dean Petkanas, the CEO of Mojito Brands, Inc. had this to say about the Divine Performing Arts show that he saw on Sunday... Read more

  • Tim Wu, winner of the adult male division, performs during the final round of the 2008 NTDTV International Chinese Classical Dance Competition. (Bing Dai/The Epoch Times)

    International Dance Competition Brings Revival of Classical Chinese Dance to the World

    NEW YORK—On August 24th, judges for the Second Annual International Chinese Classical Dance Competition offered a new definition for classical Chinese dance, as exemplary performances... Read more

  • EAGER WAIT: A long line waits for entry to the Divine Performing Arts show in Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom on August 24. The show was packed to capacity. (Suman Srinivasan/Epoch Times)

    Divine Performing Arts Enthralls New York Audience

    NEW YORK—The Divine Performing Arts made a successful return to New York, playing a special evening performance at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Aug. 24. The... Read more

  • Dance Competition Honors World’s Best Chinese Dancers

    NEW YORK—New Tang Dynasty Television’s second International Chinese Classical Dance Competition came to a grand finale on Sunday, August 24, at The Town Hall in... Read more

  • Winner of the Junior Male category Golden Li. (Bing Dai/The Epoch Times)

    Chinese Classical Dance Competition Announces Winners

    The final round for the second Annual International NTDTV Chinese Classical Dance competition concluded on August 24th. After a very intense round of preliminaries and... Read more

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    NTDTV Classical Chinese Dance Competition Preliminaries [Photo Gallery]

    Click here to view the incredible photos of dancers during the preliminary round of the 2008 NTDTV International Classical Chinese Dance Competition. …... Read more

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    Anticipation High for Chinese Dance Contest Final

    NEW YORK—Thirty of the world’s best Chinese Classical dancers will perform on Sunday in the final of the International Chinese Classical Dance Competition. The stage... Read more

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    Chinese Classical Dance Competition Finalists

    After a whole day of exciting semifinal competition, the following 30 dancers have advanced to the last round of the Second Annual International NTDTV Chinese... Read more

  • Jake Simons (Johnny Castle) and Monica West (Baby Houseman) perform in Dirty Dancing at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto until November 2.   (Courtesy of Cylla von Tiedemann)

    Review: ‘Dirty Dancing’

    On stages in Toronto since November 2007, the moves and music of Dirty Dancing continue to draw full houses at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. The... Read more

  • 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

  • The type of music you choose can influence your heart rate, breathing, emotions and even brain power. (Photos.com)

    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

  • Members of the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra at the Taipei Songshan Airport on Sept. 19, 2017. (Chen Po-chou/The Epoch Times

    Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Welcomed by Excited Fans in Taiwan

    TAIPEI, Taiwan—It was a brisk fanfare inside the Taipei Songshan Airport, as a crowd of more than 100 fans—some with flowers, some with banners, and... Read more

  • Three erhus players perform with Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 18, 2015. (Courtesy of Shen Yun Performing Arts)

    Shen Yun Orchestra and the Power of Music to Heal

    As soprano Elisa Brown listened to the ancient two-stringed erhu during a performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts several years ago, she was so moved that her... Read more

  • (L–R) Kathleen Chalfant as Peter Pan and David Chandler as Captain Hook in “For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday.” The play mixes fantasy and reality to a charming and touching effect. (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday’

    NEW YORK—With “For Peter Pan on Her 70th birthday,” playwright Sarah Ruhl has fashioned a paean to her mother, who once played Peter Pan many... Read more

  • the Incheon International Airport on Sept. 16, 2017. (Quan Jinglin/Epoch Times)

    Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Greeted by Enthusiastic Fans in South Korea on Arrival

    INCHEON, South Korea—With the clock ticking past midnight, over 100 fervent fans gathered at the Incheon International Airport, some wearing traditional Korean dresses, remained upbeat... Read more

  • (L-R) Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway. (Courtesy of the artists)

    Album Reviews of Classic Jazz at the Village Vanguard

    More famous recordings have been made at the Village Vanguard than any other jazz club in the world. Two new releases, one from 1988 and... Read more

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    Album Review: ‘Ottone’

    Is there any classical composer who wrote as many forgotten operas that merit rediscovery than George Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)? It is unlikely. The composer best... Read more

  • Fred Hersch recorded an album title "Leaves of Grass." (fredhersch.com)

    Poetry and Jazz: Bloom, Wilson, Eisenmann, and Hersch

    Jazz and poetry are a natural fit. Langston Hughes, for example, a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s, was inspired by jazz... Read more

  • Chuck Cooper delivers powerful performances in “Prince of Broadway,” in old favorites such as “If I Were a Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” (Matthew Murphy)

    Theater Review: ‘Prince of Broadway’

    NEW YORK—There’s no denying Hal Prince is a titanic force in the theatrical industry. He is a producer and director with over six decades of... Read more

  • The “Songbook Summit” at 59E59 Theater, with (L–R) Molly Ryan on vocals, Clovis Nicolas on base, Peter Anderson and Will Anderson on saxophones,and drummer Phil Stewart. (Lynn Redmille)

    Peter and Will Anderson’s ‘Songbook Summit’

    NEW YORK—The Anderson’s “Songbook Summit” just wrapped their sixth performance, appearing by popular demand at 59E59 Theater.  The saxophone and clarinet virtuosos Peter and Will... Read more

  • Composer Franz Schubert in a watercolor by Wilhelm August Rieder. Schubert's song cycle “Die schöne Müllerin” captures the essence of romantic love in all of its stages. (Public domain)

    Philosopher John Henry Crosby: The Classics Protect the Fullness of Our Humanity

    Why the classics are important today is a radical question, according to John Henry Crosby, the founder and president of the nonprofit Hildebrand Project. “The sensibility... Read more

  • Beatrice Rana playing Bach's Partita No. 2 in C minor with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra on Aug. 4. (Richard Termine)

    Bach and Beethoven at Mostly Mozart

    NEW YORK—The Mostly Mozart concert on Aug. 4 may be best remembered for marking the New York debut of Beatrice Rana, but the orchestral pieces... Read more

  • In the ballet “The Taming of the Shrew,” by choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, Katharina (here played by Ekaterina Krysanova) meets her match Petruchio (here played by Vladislav Lantratov) and they fall in love. (Stephanie Berger)

    The Bolshoi Ballet Brings ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ to Lincoln Center

    NEW YORK—The Bolshoi Ballet, now in its 241st season, has brought one of its most acclaimed new productions, “The Taming of the Shrew,” to the... 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

  • Artist participate in the first "Oil Portrait Sketching Competition" of the Salmagundi Club in New York on Aug. 26, 2017. (Milene Fernandez/The Epoch Times)

    Great Camaraderie at the Salmagundi Club’s Portrait Competition

    NEW YORK—The smell of oil paints filled the room. It was so quiet, you could hear the rustle of paintbrushes as 40 artists painted shoulder... Read more

  • Artist Jessica Leigh Artman works on a drawing at Grand Central Atelier in Queens, New York, on Aug. 11, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

    Artist Jessica Artman Finds Freedom in Structure

    NEW YORK—Jessica Artman set aside her “stepping stones” to be shipped to Paris. She called those drawings and paintings “the lessons”—not her best work, nothing for... Read more

  • “Louise Tiffany, Reading,” 1888 by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933). Pastel on buff colored wove paper, 20–1/2 inches by 30–1/4 inches. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the family of Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham, 2003 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    Two Gems in the ‘Gilded Age Drawings at The Met’ Exhibition

    NEW YORK—Once in a while, The Metropolitan Museum of Art brings out of its storage vaults some of its rarely seen treasures for a short stint... Read more

  • "Green Apples, "2016, by George Ceffalio,. Oil on wood panel, 12 inches by 16 inches. (Courtesy of George Ceffalio)

    Painter George Ceffalio: Using Classic Techniques Makes People’s Lives Better

    For fine arts painter George Ceffalio, the importance of classical realistic art is self-evident. “You see [realistic art] and can grasp it, unlike art that... Read more

  • “The Valpincon Bather,” (cropped) 1808, by Jean Aguste Dominique Ingres (1780–1867). Oil on canvas, 57.5 inches by 38.2 inches, Louvre Museum (Public domain).

    The Masters’ Thread: How Ingres Inspires Elizabeth Beard

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread” (ept.ms/mastersthread), artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. I can still recall the... Read more

  • Sculptor Charlie Mostow at  Grand Central Atelier in Queens, New York, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

    Sculptor Charlie Mostow Keeps It Universal

    NEW YORK—Charlie Mostow likes to keep things simple—from the singular to the universal. Everything he does, everything he observes and experiences, relates to art. He... Read more

  • Patek Philippe, World Time Minute Repeater, Reference 5531 New York 2017 Special Edition. (Patek Philippe)

    ‘The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition’ of Patek Philippe

    NEW YORK—It came and went like a shooting star. “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition” in New York seemed to leave everyone who entered its... 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” (ept.ms/mastersthread), 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’

    During China’s prosperous Tang Dynasty (618–907), a period in which high culture flourished, the genre of painting “beautiful women” reached considerable heights. And ranking above... 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

    PARIS—A medieval fortress turned royal palace turned museum—the Louvre takes you on a cultural journey through the ages, with around 38,000 works of art 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

  • Author Gretchen Rubin and her book "The Four Tendencies." (Gretchen Rubin/

    Book Review: “The Four Tendencies” by Gretchen Rubin

    Gretchen Rubin, a former lawyer who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, took the self-help world by storm in 2009 with her... Read more

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    Books Reviews: Looking Closely at Nature

    It’s widely believed that regular contact with nature enhances our lives and is something that all people can enjoy. John Burroughs said, “I am in love with this... Read more

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    Book Review: ‘Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life’

    Jen Hatmaker is a blogger from way back who has a loyal following among parents and the Christian community. She gained increased fame when she... Read more

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    Book Review: ‘The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results’

    Multitasking is a concept that plagues most people today—whether entrepreneurs, professionals, parents, students—no matter the roles we fill we’ve got a lot coming at us... 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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