Nero Burning Rome

Bring Your Own Applause: What Donald Trump and Roman Emperor Nero Have in Common

A claque is a centuries-old showmanship technique that has been used by entertainers and politicians since the Roman Empire.

The Snow That Never Drifts: Emily Dickinson’s Slant Winter

Like many of her poems, Emily Dickinson's "The Snow That Never Drifts" presents a riddle for the reader

Two Conversations with Philip Levine

Two conversations with Philip Levine: from Ploughshares (1984) and The Kenyon Review (1999)

Harper Lee to Publish a New Novel at age 88

55 years after the publication of her first, only, and very successful debut novel reclusive American author Harper Lee ...

Getting Historical Movies Right: Hollywood vs. Historians

Does the movie industry owe it to the public to get the facts right in historical movies?
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Why Did the Violist Cross the Road?

Every subculture has its in-jokes. Classical musicians are no exception, and the punchline usually involves a viola.

Playing It Safe: Injury Prevention for Musicians

In their 2010 article on injury prevention for musicians, Christine Guptill and Christine Zaza outline strategies to ward off injuries from muscle overuse.

Gabriel García Márquez’s Papers Go to University of Texas at Austin

The archive of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, will go to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin

Poet Claudia Emerson dies at 57

Poet Claudia Emerson has died of cancer at age 57.

Architect Rem Koolhaas Designs a New Arts Center for Miami Beach

Dutch-born architect Rem Koolhaas has designed a new arts center for Miami Beach, set to open in December 2015.