Here’s to Alcohol: A Ranking of Literary Cocktails

Column by Leah Dearborn July 8, 2022
Searching for a muse? Summer weather is the perfect excuse to test out a few literary cocktail recipes. Maybe they'll help you write, or maybe (probably) the alcohol and sun will put you to sleep.

So, Was Shakespeare An Anti-Semite Or Not?

Column by Christopher Shultz April 9, 2020
In honor of Shakespeare's birthday, let's discuss what the Bard's infamous play 'The Merchant Of Venice' says about his own religious viewpoints.

In Honor Of Back To School, Let’s Talk About Romeo And Juliet’s Idiocy

Column by Christopher Shultz September 3, 2019
Sad? Check. Tragic? Check. Romantic? Noooope.

The 10 Best Modern Shakespeare Adaptations

Column by Meredith Borders April 23, 2018
On the Bard's bday, we've chosen our favorite Shakespeare movies set in modern times.

10 MORE Poems to Old-School Your Halloween

Column by Annie Neugebauer October 24, 2017
Looking for a screen-free way to celebrate the creepiest time of year? Reading poems aloud around a campfire is the most atmospheric way ever! Here are ten poems for suggested reading.

Why These 5 Books Are On So Many School Reading Lists

Column by Leah Dearborn September 6, 2016
You may love them, you may hate them, but these classic literature 101 titles aren't going anywhere any time soon.

Finding Poetry In Computer Code

Column by Leah Dearborn April 12, 2016
Is there a linguistic elegance to code? Is it only ever for issuing commands, or can it be for the enjoyment of the programmer?

Wanted: 8 of Literature's Most Dangerous Couples

Column by Leah Dearborn February 11, 2016
“Dangerous” depends on your point of view, but these characters generally fit the bill if you're a law-abiding human being with a sliver of common sense.

Don't Say 'Macbeth': The Curse of the Scottish Play On Stage and Screen

Column by Leah Dearborn December 2, 2015
"Macbeth" has a great deal of superstition surrounding its actual performances. How did the mythology of the “Scottish Curse” first develop, and how has it shaped the play's legacy?

There Is No Spoon: 7 Books For a Nihilist Thanksgiving

Column by Leah Dearborn November 25, 2015
The holidays are a marvelous time to contemplate the futility of existence.

Literary Parody Accounts

Column by Emily Rose Lathrop June 5, 2015
Literary parody accounts are on the rise on social media platforms. Are they good for more than just a chuckle?

Poetry Fun-0-1: How to Write a Sonnet

Column by Brian McGackin May 23, 2014
How do I love sonnets? Let me count the — wait...

Top Ten Best-Worst Lawyers in Fiction

Column by Jessica Meddows October 29, 2013
One of history's oldest professions is also the most despised, yet so popular in historical literature and modern fiction. See if you agree with these ten lawyers rated the best-worst in fiction.

7 Horrifying Ailments Named After Literary Characters

Column by Kimberly Turner July 15, 2013
From ten-month-long sleep sessions to extreme vanity and homicidal jealousy, these seven horrifying medical conditions show us just how tough some of literature's favorite characters had it.
William Shakespeare ‘Star Wars’ Book Trailer

What If Star Wars Was Written by William Shakespeare?

News by Dean Fetzer July 2, 2013
Now you can find out how the immortal bard would have penned one of the greatest space operas to hit the silver screen in Ian Doescher’s new book, ‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars’.

Literature's Ten Most Disturbing Sociopaths

Column by Kimberly Turner June 7, 2013
These characters will dazzle you with wit and charm, then destroy you without remorse. Meet literature's ten most disturbing sociopaths...
Shakespeare: Grain-Hoarding, Tax-Evading Jerk

William Shakespeare Was a Grain-Hoarding, Tax-Evading Businessman, New Study Finds

News by Christopher Shultz April 1, 2013
We know the literary legends surrounding The Bard. Now researchers at a Wales University offer a glimpse of the man behind the myth.
Trailer for Joss Whedon’s ‘‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Trailer for Joss Whedon’s "Much Ado About Nothing" Released

News by Dean Fetzer March 11, 2013
Joss Whedon’s low-budget ‘noir comedy’ version of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is due to be released in June — the first trailer has just been released.
Shakespeare iPad Apps

Love, Murder, and Betrayal? There’s an App For That

News by Dan Shewan November 1, 2012
Two of Shakespeare's most beloved plays go digital with the release of two new iPad apps.

Death Turns The Page: Seven Notable Literary Kills

Column by Jon Korn October 26, 2012
When better than this, the spookiest of all months, to examine 7 of the most memorable - and gruesome! - murders in literary history?
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Joss Whedon Follows Huge Blockbuster With Tiny Adaptation Of Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'

News by Rob Hart September 18, 2012
Not content to shoot the biggest movie of the year, Joss Whedon may have also shot the smallest--a "micro-studio" adaptation filmed in 12 days at his home in Santa Monica.