Arts & Culture
  • (L–R) Matthew Broderick, Annapurna Sriram, Michael Tucker, John Epperson, in Wallace Shawn’s “Evening at the Talk House.” The world has changed since these theater folk last got together. (Monique Carboni)

    Theater Review: ‘Evening at the Talk House’

    NEW YORK—The most insidious societal changes don’t occur through quick or violent means. Rather they are so quiet and unobtrusive one never notices them until... Read more

  • Ellen Sauerbrey, head of the United States Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration during the George W. Bush administration and a former U.S. ambassador, enjoyed the performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore on Feb. 18, 2017. (Epoch Times)

    Shen Yun Truly Beautiful, Says Ellen Sauerbrey, Former Assistant Secretary of State

    BALTIMORE—Ellen Sauerbrey, the former head of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, was in for a treat when she saw... Read more

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    The Bookbinder: Bringing a Book to Life

    There’s something magical about theater—seeing a world being created and brought to life in front of your eyes, with real objects and real people who... Read more

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    Louise Basbas on Curating Thousands of Years of Music Before 1800

    NEW YORK—Early music is a bit like musical archaeology: uncovering dusty Bach scores forgotten on the shelves, unearthing tomes of music scores untouched for centuries and buried... Read more

  • Kristine Opolais in the title role of Dvořák's Rusalka. (Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera)

    Opera Review: ‘Rusalka’

    NEW YORK—Antonin Dvorak (1841–1904) wrote 10 operas, but only one became popular around the world: “Rusalka.” It took almost a century for the work, which premiered... Read more

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    10-piece Brass Ensemble Reimagines Musical Favorites

    A decade ago, Norwegian classical trumpet soloist Tine Thing Helseth and three friends she’d met in school—all trumpet players, all girls—decided that they were having... Read more

  • A concert at El Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Spain, on July 18, 2016. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

    Sound and Space: Our Acoustic Perception of the World

    Sound is an ephemeral, invisible—but vital—component to any space. It, too, is shaped by design. Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa notably wrote on the sensory experience... Read more

  • Using startling imagery of huge boulders and a whole house hoisted above the characters, Walt Spangler's set for "Desire Under the Elms" portends the doom resulting from heavy sins. (Courtesy of Walt Spangler)

    The Theatrical Art of Designing Space

    Most of us never think about how space is designed in buildings, but a theatrical set design is, by its very nature, there for its... 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

  • Lucia (Annie Dow) and Abel (Eddie Martinez) in Tanya Saracho's “Fade.” (James Leynse)

    Theater Review: ‘Fade’

    NEW YORK—Playwright Tanya Saracho has taken on the provocative topics of ethnicity and class in her 100-minute two-hander “Fade,” now playing at New York’s Cherry... 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

  • 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

  • (L–R) Kyle Scatliffe as Jim and Nicholas Barasch as Huck, in the musical “Big River,” based on Mark Twain’s novel “Huckleberry Finn.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Big River’

    NEW YORK—”Human beings can be so cruel to each other” notes young Huckleberry Finn in Encores! revival of the 1985 Broadway musical “Big River.” Though... Read more

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    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

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    CD Review: ‘Music of Britten and Purcell’

    The Emerson String Quartet is in the midst of its 40th anniversary season, and the group is marking the occasion with, among other events, a... Read more

  • Derek DelGaudio in “In and of Itself.”  (Matthew Murphy)

    Theater Review: ‘In and of Itself’

    NEW YORK—Before you even enter the theater proper, you note a lobby wall replete with innumerable cards, all proclaiming “I AM,” followed by a word... Read more

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    Chaos, Inspiration, and the Creation of Creativity

    For all of Joseph Haydn’s mastery of musical form—he is known as the “father” of the symphony and the string quartet, and credited with establishing... Read more

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    A Chance to Hear Bach Alongside His Contemporaries

    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) is perhaps one of the composers referred to most; his name often used as a metonym for baroque or even classical music as a... Read more

  • Harry Somers'" Louis Riel."  A Canadian Opera Company co-production with Canada's National Arts Centre.

    ‘Louis Riel’ opera celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday

    TORONTO—As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year, Canadians have the opportunity to reflect on their past, re-evaluate the present, and envision the future. For... Read more

  • Cast from “Come From Away.” (Matthew Murphy)

    Theater Review: ‘Come From Away’

    NEW YORK—The new Broadway musical “Come From Away” does far more than simply recall a horrific incident that changed most people’s perception of the world... Read more

  • (L–R) Kristine Nielsen, Kate Burton, and Kevin Kline in a scene from Noël Coward’s “Present Laughter.” (Joan Marcus)

    Theater Review: ‘Present Laughter’

    NEW YORK—A slight change in the punctuation of Noël Coward’s work “Present Laughter” might result in “Present: Laughter”—and in this case the present, or gift,... Read more

  • Tom Wingfield (Joe Mantello) and his mother Amanda (Sally Field), in the play that brought first fame to Tennessee Williams, “The Glass Menagerie: A Memory Play.” (Julieta Cervantes)

    Theater Review: ‘The Glass Menagerie’

    NEW YORK—All too often, people find themselves trapped in a situation far smaller than the scope of their dreams, a situation they are desperate to... Read more

  • George Gagnidze as Amonasro and Krassimira Stoyanova in the title role of Verdi's "Aida." (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

    Krassimira Stoyanova as the Met’s Aida

    Verdi’s “Aida” is back at the Metropolitan Opera in Sonja Frisell’s 1988 production.  Audiences still marvel at Gianni Quaranta’s massive set, but the musical elements... Read more

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    CD Reviews: ‘Verismo’ and ‘Giacomo Puccini’

    Though Krassimira Stoyanova is known primarily as a Verdi soprano, her two new CDs show that she is equally impressive in works by Giacomo Puccini... Read more

  • Gerard Schwarz conducting the All-Star Orchestra during the filming of their PBS TV special at the Manhattan Center. (Steve Sherman)

    Gerard Schwarz, a Lifelong Music Educator

    NEW YORK—The mark of a great civilization is best and most completely left by its artistic achievements. This is what conductor Gerard Schwarz firmly believes,... Read more

  • David (Craig D'Amico) has Alzheimer's and his wife Kay (Jennifer Rau) tries to cope with what that means on a daily, in “Mourning the Living.” (Michael Blasé)

    Theater Review: ‘Mourning the Living’

    NEW YORK—Mickele Hogan’s “Mourning the Living,” now at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, deals with a crucial issue that has seldom been dealt with in a drama: Alzheimer’s... Read more

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    Stunning Song Recitals by Two American Opera Stars

    Not all opera singers have a flair for performing songs, but Lester Lynch and Jamie Barton are two exceptions. Both of these vocal recitals, captured... Read more

  • Obi Abili is superb as the ill-fated ruler in Eugene O’Neill’s “The Emperor Jones.” (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Review: ‘The Emperor Jones’

    NEW YORK—Emperor Brutus Jones doesn’t know it yet, but the natives are about to become restless on this unnamed West Indian island where he proclaimed... Read more

  • Sam Claflin and Gemma Arterton  in “Their Finest.” (Nicola Dove)

    Film Review: ‘Their Finest’

    Michael Powell and Charles Frend were great filmmakers, but they couldn’t win the war on their own. Catrin Cole will also do her part as... Read more

  • Madge (Ginna Le Vine), the prettiest girl in town, and Hal (David T. Patterson) a drifter who has caught her interest at a dramatic moment, in “Picnic.” (Carol Rosegg)

    Theater Reviews: ‘Picnic’ and ‘Come Back, Little Sheba’

    NEW YORK—Transport Group Theatre Company is presenting an extraordinary duo of William Inge’s “Picnic” and “Come Back, Little Sheba” in rotating repertory under the direction... Read more

  • Peter Mattei as Figaro and Pretty Yende as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

    Dishing Out Opera’s Secrets at a Dinner Party

    Opera is dramatic—it’s emotionally expansive, sensorily explosive, and grand or even over-the-top. It also has the reputation of being one of the most buttoned-up and... Read more

  • This cover image released by Sony Classical shows "Das Lied von der Erde," a release by Jonas Kaufmann. (Sony Classical via AP)

    Tenor Kaufmann Goes It Alone in Mahler’s ‘Lied von der Erde’

    Jonas Kaufmann, “Das Lied von der Erde” (Sony Classical) Placido Domingo sang it with Bo Skovhus. Fritz Wunderlich with Christa Ludwig. And now Jonas Kaufmann... Read more

  • Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain) surrounded by the Jewish women and children she is hiding at the zoo she runs, in "The Zookeeper's Wife." (Scion Films)

    Film Review: ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’

    The National Socialists were compulsive looters. In addition to systematically ransacking Europe’s great art collections, they also helped themselves to the rare breeds that survived... Read more

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    CD Reviews: The Latest From the Women of Jazz

    Jazz women are coming to the fore and not just as singers where they have always reigned supreme, but also as bandleaders, horn players, and... 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)

    Meeting the Artist’s Eyes in Their Self-Portrait

    NEW YORK—We see others differently from how they see themselves. Artists’ self-portraits bridge that inevitable gap to some degree—forthrightly in rare instances. Not only do we... 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

  • "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

  • (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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    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

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