Arts & Culture
  • “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

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    ‘Riverdale’ oversteps boundaries better left alone

    Archie Andrews is sleeping with Miss Grundy. For those familiar with the original comic, this may take a moment to digest, but Netflix’s new “Riverdale” series... 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

  • 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

  • A Chinese official is paraded through the streets of Beijing by Red Guards on Jan. 25, 1967. The words on his dunce cap accuses him of being a "political pickpocket." During Mao Zedong's reign (1949-1977), many Chinese citizens and officials were accused of political crimes, and labeled "class enemies" and "counter-revolutionaries."  (Associated Press)

    Communism and Culture: Death by Epistemology

    With 68 percent of all Americans believing that Adolf Hitler killed more people than Josef Stalin, with only a little over half of millennials considering... 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

  • 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

  • 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

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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

  • 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

  • "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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Six Degrees of Separation
BROADWAYPLAY
ETHEL BARRYMORE THEATRE
243 W. 47TH ST.

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

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.
( Rick Gilbert/Skyhook Entertainment)

    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

  • (shutterstock)

    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” (ept.ms/mastersthread), 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” (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

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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

  • (shutterstock)

    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

  • (Ramsey Press)

    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

  • (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

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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

  • (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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