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    Album Review: Beck—’Modern Guilt’

    Beck’s decision to team up with the popular hip-hop producer Danger Mouse (Gnarles Barkley, Jay-Z,  Gorillaz) on his eighth studio release, Modern Guilt, turns out... Read more

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    Preliminaries of Chinese Violin Competition Impress Judges

    NEW YORK—After the first round of preliminaries finished on Friday, July 25th, the judges of the first NTDTV International Chinese Violin Competition left the New... Read more

  • Bjork's call for Tibetan freedom at a Shanghai concert in March unnerved communist officials. (Hannah Johnston/ Getty Images)

    Beijing’s ‘Bjork Policy’ Takes Aim at Musicians

    The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is tightening its grip on artistic freedoms by banning all music performers who could possibly “threaten national sovereignty” according to... Read more

  • Veteran ace C.C. Sabathia will likely be on the mound against the Baltimore Orioles in this weekend's tough test. (J. Meric/Getty Images )

    Theater Review: ‘Damn Yankees’

    A Home Run NEW YORK—For some summertime fun, one should definitely check out the devilishly delectable revival of the 1955 musical Damn Yankees. With words... Read more

  • Barry McGovern in a consummate performance in the Gate production of “I'll Go On.”  (Amelia Stein)

    Theater Review: ‘I’ll Go On’

    Mysterious and comedic Beckett NEW YORK—I’ll Go On, the second offering of the trio of theatrical presentations entitled Gate/Beckett, brought by the noted Gate Theatre... Read more

  • US punk rock band Offspring's lead guitarist and singer Dexter Holland performs on stage on June 10, 2008 at the Trabendo private club in Paris as part of the band's European tour. (Olivier Laban Mattei /AFP/Getty Images)

    Album Review: The Offspring—’Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace’

    There are more songs on “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace” that have the draw necessary for a radio single but unfortunately a lot of... Read more

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    Violin Maker, Heifitz Protege Support Int’l Competition

    NEW YORK—Here's an invitation hard to turn down. Hear the incredible sounds of some of the best Chinese violinists in the world. Come and be... Read more

  • Interview with Violin Competition Judge: Chen Rutang

    NEW YORK—During the rehearsals of NTDTV’s Chinese International Violin Competition, Chen Rutang, conductor of the Divine Performing Arts Orchestra and one of the judges of... Read more

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    Competition Requires Difficult Violin Repertoire

    NEW YORK—During NTDTV's International Chinese Violin Competition some of the best Chinese violinists will gather at The Town Hall in New York City to play... Read more

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    First of NTDTV’s Nine Competitions Starts Tomorrow

    NEW YORK—The first Chinese International Violin Competition hosted by New Tang Dynasty TV starts with preliminaries tomorrow, July 25th. The competition will be held at... Read more

  • Gary Hostallero's images are now used in textbooks throughout Japan. (courtesy of artist)

    Gary Hostallero—Hawaiian Fine Artist

    LOS ANGELES—The attention Gary Hostallero gives to detail is something to behold. Of Korean, Filipino and Spanish descent, Hostallero explained his style and the impetus... Read more

  • Don Reed in his one-man show 'East 14th: True Tales of a Reluctant Player.' (Aaron Epstein)

    Theater Review: ‘East 14th: True Tales of a Reluctant Player’

    A funny look at growing up with too many options NEW YORK—Growing up in the best of circumstances can be difficult. Growing up with parents... Read more

  • CONFLICTING RESEARCH: Dr. Peter Whitehouse has researched the history and findings of Alzheimer's and finds conflicting opinions. (St. Martin's Press)

    Book Review: ‘The Myth of Alzheimer’s’

    Dr. Peter Whitehouse doesn't claim to have a magic bullet cure for what he calls brain aging and others have diagnosed as Alzheimer's, but he... Read more

  • Neil Young at the Hop Farm Festival.

    Live Review: Neil Young @ Hop Farm Festival

    Let’s make it clear: Neil Young is amazing. Yes, at this new Kent-based festival we had Everest’s melodic indie-tinged country rock, the Guillemots’  eccentric mix... Read more

  • “Portrait of the Artist's Great Grand Uncle Yizhi at the Age of Eighty-five” (circa 1561-1621) by Zude presents the trend toward individualism of the late Ming Dynasty.  ((Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    Dialogue with the Past

    Met Exhibit Probes the Inner Meaning of Chinese Art NEW YORK—The Chinese judge a painting's value by “du hua,” which literally means “to read a... Read more

  • Eight dancers from the Asia-Pacific preliminary contest move on to the next round in the second World Chinese Classical Dance Competition.  (Wu Buhua/The Epoch Times)

    Eight Contestants Move on to Compete for Golden Award

    On July 13, after two days of intense competition the names of eight dancers were announced to go to New York this August for the... Read more

  • The award presentation ceremony of the Asia-Pacific Preliminary for the NTDTV Second Chinese International Vocal Competition.  ((Luo Ruixun/The Epoch Times))

    Curtain Drops on Asia-Pacific Prelims to NTDTV Vocal Competition

    CHIAYI, Taiwan—An award presentation ceremony in Chiayi, Taiwan, on July 6 marked the conclusion of the preliminary selections for the Asia-Pacific region section of the... Read more

  • Jakob Dylan & The Gold Mountain Rebels perform during the Rothbury Music Festival at the Double JJ Ranch on July 4, 2008 in Rothbury, Michigan.  ((C. Flanigan/Getty Images))

    Album Review: ‘Seeing Things’

    Son of Bob Dylan speaks from the heart The New York City-born singer/songwriter Jakob Dylan first appeared on the rock scene in 1996 with his... Read more

  • Six-year-old Xiaoping Wang plays the piano with the skill and confidence of someone years older. (The Epoch Times)

    The Child Prodigy

    NEW YORK—He tapped his feet on an air floor while playing Beethoven's Sonatina in F Major. A six-and-half-year-old was giving me a taste of what... Read more

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    A Reading of ‘The Mermaid Tavern’ by John Keats

    The Mermaid Tavern Souls of Poets dead and gone, What Elysium have ye known, Happy field or mossy cavern, Choicer than the Mermaid Tavern? Have... 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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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 
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Broadway debut	Doug 
Sarah Mezzanotte 
Broadway debut	Elizabeth 
Colby Minifie 
Paul O'Brien 
Chris Perfetti 
Ned Riseley 
Broadway debut	Ben 
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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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