Shakespeare

Six Dictators' Favorite Books
January 10, 2014

The literary tastes of dictators are a slightly sordid fascination. Here are the favorite books of a few of our least favorite men.

John Tyler's Love of Shakespeare
September 10, 2013

Whether it is Jimmy Carter watching more than 400 movies in the White House cinema or Barack Obama telling people that the flamboyant killer Omar on HBO’s “The Wire” is his favorite character, presidents have long engaged with pop culture.

The Royal They
Fighting against the tyranny of pronouns
April 30, 2013

Why we should fight against the tyranny of pronouns.

Sing for Me, Muse, the Mania
October 08, 2008

Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell Edited by Thomas Travisano with Saskia Hamilton (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 845 pp., $40) '"Your poem came to the right buyer," Robert Lowell wrote to Elizabeth Bishop during the spring of 1976 after receiving "One Art," the nineteen lines that Bishop called "the one & only villanelle of my life." Composed in a tightly repetitive form inherited from the troubadours of the late Renaissance, "One Art" may be the best known, most anthologized American poem of the past half-century.

Double Double Toil And Trouble*
April 24, 2007

Score one for witchcraft. [*Botched this in my initial post. Apologies to Mr. Shakespeare] --Michael Crowley

Angels and Beards
January 26, 2004

Tony Kushner's new play, Caroline, or Change is a formal anomaly. It has been hailed as a breakthrough musical created by a confident professional collaborative—vigorous score by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie), lively choreography by Hope Clarke (Spunk), and dynamic staging by George C. Wolfe (Jelly's Last Jam).