Arts & Culture
  • (Jerris Madison)

    Dianne Reeves Ushers in Valentine’s Day

    NEW YORK—Dianne Reeves is the preeminent jazz singer of our time. Whether in intimate clubs or concert halls, she always impresses with her plush voice,... Read more

  • (L-R) Ain Anger as Hagen, Ileana Montalbetti as Gutrune, Andreas Schager as Siegfried, and Martin Gantner as Gunther in the Canadian Opera Company’s 2017 production of "Götterdämmerung." Director Tim Albery has set the epic story in the corporate world to better resonate with modern audiences.(Michael Cooper)

    The Power of Wagner’s Epic Operas

    TORONTO—There’s something about Wagner’s operas. It’s a feeling that’s hard to explain, keeping you on the edge of your seat, breathlessly hanging on to every... Read more

  • The Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya in New York hosts Aritaware on Feb. 6, 2017. Arita is small town in Japan best known for producing porcelain for 400 years.  (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Porcelain’s Origins: Arita’s 400-Year Legacy

    Porcelain has a long history. The earliest wares—not quite in the form we know today—date back to 1600 B.C., originating from China during the Shang Dynasty. The... Read more

  • Violinist and composer Michelle Ross at Salmagundi Art Club in Manhattan, New York, on Jan. 30, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Michelle Ross: Rejuvenating Our Modern Society Through Traditional Arts

    NEW YORK—Classical violinist and composer Michelle Ross works surrounded by paintings, as the only musician among a group of visual artists. When she composes, she... Read more

  • Shen Yun Performing Arts North America Company's curtain call at the Cleveland State Theatre, on Feb. 5, 2017. (Epoch Times)

    Film Director: Shen Yun Consistently Shows a Way Toward Peace on Earth

    CLEVELAND—For film director and producer Lief Bristow, Shen Yun is a reminder that peace is possible in the world. “When you watch a show like... Read more

  • (Stephanie Berger)

    New Orleans Jazz Heats Up the Jazz Standard

    NEW YORK—The weather may have been chilly, but the music inside the Jazz Standard was sizzling, supplied by Henry Butler-Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9... 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

  • David Dubal at Juilliard School in New York City on Jan. 24, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Pianist David Dubal: The Classics Are a Balm for Our Spiritual Wounds

    Author, radio host, pianist, and arguably the nation’s foremost expert on 20th-century pianists David Dubal had spent the morning practicing a masterpiece. He worked on Edvard Grieg’s “Ballade... Read more

  • (L–R) Clarice (Ismenia Mendes) and Lucrece (Amelia Pedlow) have very different ideas about the stories suitor Dorante tells, in “The Liar.” (Richard Termine)

    Theater Review: ‘The Liar’

    NEW YORK—Never tell the truth when a lie can be more fanciful—a philosophy lived to the fullest by Dorante, a dashing young man in 1643... Read more

  • Pianist Vsevolod Dvorkin, violinist Emily Daggett Smith, violinist Arnaud Sussmann, cellist Rafael Figueroa, and violist Paul Neubauer, play Brahms "Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34," for the Romantic Vienna concert at Columbia University in New York on Jan. 26. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Meeting Legendary Muses, Literary Greats, and the Spirit of Cities Through Concerts

    NEW YORK—Walking into the Renaissance-style McKim, Mead & White-designed Casa Italiana at Columbia University, one is treated to wine, a lively atmosphere, and a beautiful,... Read more

  • L–R) Shirin Eskandani as Mercédès, Clémentine Margaine in the title role, and Danielle Talamantes as Frasquita in Bizet's “Carmen.” (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

    Opera Review: ‘Carmen’

    NEW YORK—Like businesses everywhere, the Metropolitan Opera has to contend with the flu season. The original plan had been to split the performances of “Carmen”... Read more

  • Gabriel Fauré in 1907. (Lausanne De Jongh)

    Love and Heartbreak Through a Year With Fauré

    NEW YORK—The French Romantic composer Gabriel Urbain Fauré (1845–1924), though he achieved fame late in his career, was highly influential on French music thereafter. His music... 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

  • Mandy Hallenius in front of her paintings at an exhibit. (Courtesy of Mandy Hallenius)

    Art Educator Mandy Hallenius: Classical Training in Art Opens Creative Choices

    Mandy Hallenius, an artist and art teacher, says children can master the skills needed to draw or paint whatever they can imagine. To help children... Read more

  • Benjamin Evett stars as the Ancient Mariner in the one-man show, “Albatross.” (Carole-Goldfarb).

    Theater Review: ‘Albatross’: Plastic in the Pacific Kills Birds and We’re All Responsible

    For the second time this week, I’ve seen a black-box theater/one-man show, featuring a singular, titanic, wrecking-crew of a howling, flailing, roaring, crawling, running around,... Read more

  • (L–R) Keith Phares, Jessica Tyler Wright, Linda Lavin, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Meghan Picerno in “Candide.” (Sarah Shatz)

    Theater Review: ‘Candide’

    NEW YORK—Class status, the dangers of following the herd or alternatively, standing out from them, are the major issues in “Candide,” based on Voltaire’s 1759... Read more

  • “Still Life with a Pewter Flagon and Two Ming Bowls,” 1651, by Jan Jansz. Treck (circa 1606–1652). Oil on canvas, 30 by 25 inches. (The National Gallery, London)

    The Masters’ Thread: How Jan Jansz. Treck Inspires Carlos Madrid

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

  • Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. (Kaupo Kikkas)

    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir Sings Arvo Part

    The Baltic states have a strong tradition of singing and a spiritual culture that extend back through antiquity—two characteristics independent of each other, but often intertwined... Read more

  • Composer Karl Jenkins (C) at the North American premiere of his "Cantata Memoria" presented by DCINY at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Jan. 15, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Composer Karl Jenkins on Writing Accessible Music

    NEW YORK—Welsh composer Karl Jenkins’s music is considered by some to be too popular to be classical, and he’s just fine with that. Jenkins wants... Read more

  • Pretty Yende as Rosina in  “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.” (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

    Opera Review: Rossini’s ‘l Barbiere di Siviglia’

    NEW YORK—Gioachino Rossini’s 1816 comic opera “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (“The Barber of Seville”) has returned to the Metropolitan Opera with a starry cast in... Read more

  • Handel and Haydn Society. (Chris Lee)

    Handel and Haydn Society Returns to New York With Grandeur of Monteverdi

    At the turn of the 17th century, the great composer Claudio Monteverdi was stuck in Mantua, Italy, writing for the court of the duke and... Read more

  • Max McLean in “The Most Reluctant Convert.” McLean wrote as well as co-directed the play with Ken Denison. (Jeremy Daniel)

    Theater Review: ‘The Most Reluctant Convert’

    NEW YORK—Max McLean masterfully embodies British novelist, literary critic, and scholar C.S. Lewis in the quietly moving one-man show “The Most Reluctant Convert.” The man... Read more

  • The company of “Joan of Arc: Into the Fire,” with Jo Lampert (center) as Joan. (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Joan of Arc: Into the Fire’

    NEW YORK—At The Public Theater an electrifying performance by Jo Lampert as the central character fuels “Joan of Arc: Into the Fire,” David Byrne’s rock... Read more

  • Adrianne Pieczonka as Leonore and Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio . (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

    Opera Review: ‘Fidelio’

    NEW YORK—Ludwig von Beethoven’s only opera, “Fidelio,” deals with a man imprisoned for his political beliefs, a situation that is unfortunately as timely as ever... Read more

  • (L–R) Tasha Lawrence, Larry Bryggman, Jeremy Shamos, Seth Steinberg, Gary Wilmes, Maria Dizzia play an extended family in “If I Forget.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘If I Forget’

    NEW YORK—Steven Levenson’s new play, “If I Forget,” displays a passionate family life, with its varied tugs and pulls of affection, conflict, success, failure, and... Read more

  • Sweeney Todd OFF-BROADWAYDRAMA BARROW STREET THEATRE 27 BARROW STREET SYNOPSIS: A barber who was unjustly imprisoned for years by a corrupt judge returns to England bent on revenge — a revenge that turns indiscriminately murderous, leading his resourceful accomplice, Mrs. Lovett, to bake the victims into meat pies. The Barrow Street Theatre will be turned into a working pie shop for the production. Director: Bill Buckhurst Starring: Jeremy Seacomb, Siobhan McCarthy, Duncan Smith, Joseph Taylor (until April 9, 2017) Norm Lewis, Carolee Carmello, Jamie Jackson, John Michael Lyles (starting April 11, 2017) Matt Doyle, Alex Finke, Betsy Morgan, Brad Oscar, Colin Anderson, Liz Pearce, Monet Sabel Design by Simon Kenny Music Supervision & Arrangement by Benjamin Cox Music Direction by Matt Aument Movement Direction by Georgina Lamb Lighting Design by Amy Mae Sound Design by Matt Stine Prop Master: Ray Wetmore Chef & Pie Maker: Bill Yosses Assistant Pie Maker: Roberto Welch Food Consultation by Flavor Memory Show Times: Tuesday - Thursday @7:30pm, Friday @8pm, Saturday @2:30pm and @8pm, Sunday @2:30pm and @7:30pm www.barrowstreettheatre.com MUSIC: STEPHEN SONDHEIM BOOK: HUGH WHEELER LYRICS: STEPHEN SONDHEIM

    Theater Review: ‘Sweeney Todd’

    NEW YORK—Ghosts from the past return demanding vengeance in the 1979 Tony-Award winning musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” The current U.K. production,... Read more

  • A picture taken on November 28, 2016 at the Palace of Versailles shows a harpsichord and paintings displayed for the exhibition tilted "Festivities and entertainment at court" at the Palace of Versailles.
The exhibition runs from 29 November 2016 to 26 march 2017 and presents the variety and ingenuity of entertainment in the court of King Louis XIV. / AFP / PHILIPPE LOPEZ / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Intimate and Individualistic Personality of the Harpsichord

    The practice of music therapy in the modern Western world may well have begun during the age of Enlightenment, when medical practitioners, philosophers, and artists... Read more

  • Cassia Harvey (Courtesy of Cassia Harvey)

    Pedagogist Cassia Harvey: The Classics Are Our Collective Memory, Our Cultural DNA

    Cassia Harvey has written more than 160 books for cello, viola, and violin. With a methodology that trains players’ hands from the beginning, step by... Read more

  • Matthew Polenzani in the title role and Nadine Sierra as Ilia in Mozart's Idomeneo. (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

    Opera Review: ‘Idomeneo’

    The key event that drives the plot in “Idomeneo” is a ruler making a promise that he is reluctant to fulfill, which leads to disaster... Read more

  • Skylar Campbell, Heather Ogden, and Piotr Stanczyk in the National Ballet of Canada's production of "Pinocchio" (Karolina Kuras)

    Pinocchio Comes to Life Through Dance

    TORONTO—”Pinocchio” has inspired countless adaptations and recreations since Carlo Collodi first published the children’s story in late 19th century Italy.  The tale of a puppet... Read more

  • In an impromptu invitation to join the performance, Will and Peter Anderson invite great Lincoln Center jazz trombonist Vincent Gardner to perform with pianist John Chin, bassist Matthew Rybicki, and drummer Marion Felder, in the tribute to the late Joe Temperley. (Julie Jordan)

    Honor Thy Teacher: A Tribute to Joe Temperley

    NEW YORK—Magical moments are even more special when they take us by surprise.  In my 30 years teaching at Juilliard, I savored countless classical music... Read more

  • The Antrobus family: Maggie (Kecia Lewis), Henry (Reynaldo Piniella), Glady (Kimber Monroe), and George (David Rasche), in Thorton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth.” (Gerry Goodstein)

    Theater Review: ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

    NEW YORK—Thornton Wilder explores the endurance of the human spirit in his Pulitzer Prize-winning and seldom-seen work, “The Skin of Our Teeth.” Presenting an allegorical... Read more

  • Stephane Wrembel (Photo credit: Irene Ypenburg)

    A Salute to Django Reinhardt at Carnegie Hall

    The Belgian gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) is considered the first great jazz artist to come out of Europe. His group, the Hot Club of... Read more

  • Soprano Nadine Sierra in the lobby of Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House in New York on Feb. 28, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Soprano Nadine Sierra on Giving Opera a Fresh Face

    NEW YORK—”Opera singers over the years are becoming better actors, because we can no longer hide away from [being seen on] DVDs, having things on YouTube,... Read more

  • Tenor Vittorio Grigolo as Werther and mezzo-soprano Veronica Simeoni as Charlotte in Jules Massenet’s “Werther,” about a poet whom we would likely now call manic-depressive. (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

    Opera Review: ‘Werther’

    NEW YORK—The success of any production of Jules Massenet’s “Werther,” the opera based on Goethe’s novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther” depends to a great... Read more

  • Geoff Sobelle and a guest from the audience in his one-man theater experience, “The Object Lesson.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘The Object Lesson’

    NEW YORK—For many people, the opportunity to rummage through an unknown attic, basement, or collection of bric-a-brac is irresistible. Performance artist Geoff Sobelle uses that... Read more

  • (L–R) Chris Bauer and Rebecca Pidgeon in the world premiere of David Mamet’s The Penitent, directed by Neil Pepe (Doug Hamilton)

    Theater Review: ‘The Penitent’: Truth at Any Cost?

    David Mamet is, hands down, the most stymieing, infuriating, pull-your-hair-out playwright for actors to act. Acting Mamet is akin to acting Shakespeare; only the most... Read more

  • Mark Peskanov (L) performs a  Bargemusic concert. (Etienne Frossard)

    A Floating Concert Hall Seeks to Create Culture and Opportunity

    NEW YORK—There might now be more young classical musicians launching their careers than Mark Peskanov remembers ever seeing before. It might even be a record,... Read more

  • Alisa Weilerstein. (Paul Stuart)

    Alisa Weilerstein Takes on Bach’s Purity and Endless Invention

    Johann Sebastian Bach’s six cello suites are some of the most popular classical music pieces. The prelude of the first suite has long been among the... Read more

  • Manhattan Chamber Players rehearse in Manhattan. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    A Collective of Chamber Musicians Formed by Friends

    NEW YORK—Over the years, from performing chamber and quartet music at festivals and on tour, violist Luke Fleming has come to feel that having respect for... 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” (ept.ms/mastersthread), 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

  • "Harbor of Dieppe: Changement de Domicile," exhibited 1825, but subsequently dated 1826, by J.M.W. Turner.
Oil on canvas, 68 3/8 inches by 88 3/4 inches,
The Frick Collection (Michael Bodycomb)

    Luminous J.M.W. Turner Paintings in Fresh Context at The Frick

    NEW YORK—Land and sea, sky and sun, fascinated the great British painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851). He traveled incessantly to ports and harbors to... Read more

  • Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780 - 1867) 
Comtesse d’Haussonville, 1845
oil on canvas
51 7/8 in. x 36 1/4 in. (131.76 cm x 92.08 cm)
Purchased by The Frick Collection, 1927.
Accession number: 1927.1.81

    The Masters’ Thread: How Ingres Inspires Brendan Johnston

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread” (ept.ms/mastersthread), artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780–1867) is a hero of... Read more

  • Penn Station, New York, circa 1911. (Public domain)

    The Grand Gateway in Waiting: Envisioning the New-Old Penn Station

    NEW YORK—Nostalgia and heartbreak for the original Pennsylvania Station has persisted since it was destroyed over half a century ago. The beauty of that beaux-arts... Read more

  • Richard Cameron, architectural designer and co-founder of Atelier & Co. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Jan. 19, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Affirming the Art in Architecture

    NEW YORK—When Richard Cameron shows up at a meeting with a portfolio full of handmade drawings, people are almost flabbergasted. The drawings almost take on... Read more

  • "The Triumph of Venus,"  1740, by François Boucher (French, 1703–1770). Oil on canvas. (Nationalmuseum of Sweden)

    Exquisite Art Chosen by a Man of Great Taste

    NEW YORK—A politician, courtier, diplomat, artist, writer, historian, philosopher, and art collector, the Swedish Count Carl Gustaf Tessin (1695–1770) was multitalented but apparently not skilled in... Read more

  • Mandy Hallenius in front of her paintings at an exhibit. (Courtesy of Mandy Hallenius)

    Art Educator Mandy Hallenius: Classical Training in Art Opens Creative Choices

    Mandy Hallenius, an artist and art teacher, says children can master the skills needed to draw or paint whatever they can imagine. To help children... Read more

  • “Still Life with a Pewter Flagon and Two Ming Bowls,” 1651, by Jan Jansz. Treck (circa 1606–1652). Oil on canvas, 30 by 25 inches. (The National Gallery, London)

    The Masters’ Thread: How Jan Jansz. Treck Inspires Carlos Madrid

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

  • Frederic Chopin at 25, by his fiancée Maria Wodzińska, (Public Domain)

    A Rare, Unknown Photo of Frederic Chopin Probably Found

    WARSAW, Poland—Poland’s culture institute in France says it believes a previously unknown photograph of Polish composer and pianist Frederic Chopin has probably been found by... Read more

  • Burton Silverman talks about his art and life in his studio at his home in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York on December 20, 2016 (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    The Spark and Wisdom of Artist Burton Silverman

    NEW YORK—As his photo was being taken, Burton Silverman instinctively held on to a bunch of his paintbrushes with a relaxed, yet determined grip—the way... Read more

  • Portrait of Herman Doomer, 1640, by Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, Leiden 1606–1669 Amsterdam).  Oil on wood, 29 5/8 by 21 3/4 inches. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    The Masters’ Thread: How Rembrandt Inspires Dale Zinkowski

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread,” artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. Most artists can recall that “one... Read more

  • "Orpheus Playing for Persephone and Eurydice in the Underworld," 2013, by Patricia Watwood. Oil on linen, 72 by 108 inches. (Courtesy of Patricia Watwood)

    Artist Patricia Watwood Imagines Transforming Worlds

    NEW YORK—A woman sitting on a rock by the sea reads a royal blue book. A pink stole draped over her knee swirls up around... Read more

  • Artist Gregory Mortenson at his studio in Manhattan, New York, on Dec. 11, 2016. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Artist Gregory Mortenson Exalts the Human Spirit

    NEW YORK—A year has passed since Gregory Mortenson reached that quintessential artist’s milestone—a one-man show at a top gallery in New York City. For three... Read more

  • Artist Patricia Watwood in her home studio in Brooklyn, New York City, on Dec. 14, 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

    The Masters’ Thread: How Sir Thomas Lawrence Inspires Patricia Watwood

    In this column, “The Masters’ Thread,” artists share their thoughts about how one master’s piece inspires their current work. One of my favorite portrait painters... Read more

  • (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Poetry and the Power of Praise

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

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

    Haddon Hall: When David Invented Bowie

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

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

    Communism and Culture: Another, Different Kind of Immigrant Experience

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

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

    The Music of Words and Poetry (Part 2)

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

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

    The Music of Words and Poetry

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

  • collage-books

    Books to Help Us Understand Homelessness

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

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

    Valentine’s Day Poetry for Any Situation

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

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

    Rhymes Remain Fertile Ground for Humorists

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

  • "Italian Dream" (Aline Coquelle)

    A Publisher That Champions Beauty

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

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

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

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

  • (Hachette Books)

    8 Books With Simple Truths to Remember All Year Long

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

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

    How to Write a Haiku

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

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    Russian Chamber Chorus to Bridge Celebrated Poets Shakespeare and Pushkin in Concert

    NEW YORK—What do Shakespeare and Pushkin have in common?  Despite the fact that they were writing in places far from each other and centuries apart,... Read more

  • “Triumphant Achilles,” from a panoramic fresco on the upper level of the main hall of the Achilleion in Gastouri, Corfu. Achilles is dragging Hector's lifeless body in front of the Gates of Troy. Andrew Kern considers Homer, who told Achilles's story, to be the source of Western civilization. (Public domain)

    Educator Andrew Kern: The Classics Ignite Our Desire to Learn, to Honor Others

    Not everyone likes school, but everyone loves to learn. “Star Wars” fans light up when they learn something new about the franchise’s movies or actors... Read more

  • William Ruleman. (Elizabeth Sayle Ruleman)

    Withstanding the Ravages of Time: An Interview With Poet William Ruleman

    William Ruleman is helping lead the revival of classical poetry. In addition to serving on the Board of the Society of Classical Poets, he has... Read more

  • “Sunrise on the Bay of Fundy” by William Bradford (1823–1892). (Public Domain)

    Writing a Sonnet: Easy to Difficult (Part 2)

    Part 1 Level 3, Medium-Difficult: Poetry with Rhyme and Structure Traditional or classical poets usually adhere to more rigid structure than is found in the... Read more

  • “Sunrise on the Bay of Fundy” by William Bradford (1823-1892)

    Writing a Sonnet: Easy to Difficult: Part 1

    Put simply, a sonnet is a 14-line poem. I’ll take you through a simple guide that can lead to a basic sonnet in 10 minutes... Read more

  • "Ancient Rome" by Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, Piacenza 1691–1765 Rome). (Gwynne Andrews Fund, 1952)

    Poetry: A Dead Art Form Reborn

    Man, is it nice to meet you, Newspaper Readers. My name is Poetry. I have been crammed into weird shapes in textbooks and have spent... Read more

  • Sibylle Eschapasse in Paris on July 31, 2016. (Marie-Edith Dugoujon)

    Sibylle’s Favorite Quotes About Paris

    Paris… or as they pronounce it in Paris: Paree! The city of lights and romance has inspired so many writers and artists over the years... Read more

  • (Ollyy/Shutterstock)

    Can Reading Fiction Literally Change Your Mind?

    If you are committed to the pleasures of reading, you may be pleased to discover that there is evidence to suggest that reading fiction is... Read more

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