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Marx, Lenin, and the Soviet Theater

Laurence Senelick— Only in societies where art and literature are taken so seriously are they regarded as potent and dangerous. The Soviet conviction that culture matters was evident in the attention paid to even minor details of theatrical activity by the highest levels of the state bureaucracy. Unilateral decisions by

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Your Backyard Summer Reading: 10 Facts on Coexisting with Wildlife

Follow @yaleSCIbooks Looking for a little motivation to reconnect with your backyard now that summer is officially here? James Barilla’s My Backyard Jungle: The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover Who Turned His Yard into Habitat and Learned with It is the summer reading book for you. Now available in paperback, the book makes

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Playing Mary Tyrone: Preview Jessica Lange’s Foreword to Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Eugene O’Neill‘s autobiographical masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night won both the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is a harrowing depiction of one day in the life of the Tyrone family. The drama focuses on James, an aging actor, Mary, his morphine-addicted wife, Edmund and

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The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll in 10 Songs: A Conversation with Greil Marcus

Follow  The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll in Ten Songs on Facebook! In anticipation of the Saturday, May 31 broadcast of the 2014 Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees, we are excited to announce cultural critic and Rolling Stone columnist Greil Marcus’ new book, The History of Rock ‘N’

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Adrian Goldsworthy Documents the Lives of the Greatest Romans: Caesar, Antony, and now Augustus

Adrian Goldsworthy, an award-winning biographer and historian, has brought ancient Rome to life through a trilogy of biographies of the leaders of the greatest empire of all time. In Caesar: Life of a Colossus and Antony and Cleopatra, Goldsworthy cut through the traditional stories told of these well-known figures, exposing the complexity

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How to Love the Uncuddly and Endangered Double-Crested Cormorant

Jennifer Doerr— As long as I can remember, I’ve loved birds.  As a child, I would spend long stretches of time planted, crossed-legged on the floor, in front of our glass sliders. I was waiting for the sudden, magical arrival of birds—chickadees, cardinals, juncos, goldfinches, blue jays, Carolina wrens, tufted

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Book Excerpt: A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide

Follow @yaleRELIbooks Alon Confino‘s A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide centers itself around an important question: Why exactly did the Nazis burn the Hebrew Bible everywhere in Germany on November 9, 1938? The events of Kristallnacht have not been adequately accounted for by historians in their large-scale assessments

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The Ten Commandments in Modern Context

Follow @yaleRELIbooks Read Michael Coogan’s post on the politics of the April 27 canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II Despite the Ten Commandments’ enduring power as either the purported word of God or a document of great historical significance, few would support following a literal interpretation of them

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Dispatches from Faith: Radiant Truth and America

Follow @JeffSharlet Follow @yaleRELIbooks Some stories are best told in fragments, built like mosaics from pieces brought together. The story of American religion, what belief can look like since the early years of this nation, is one of those complex histories that benefits from a multiplicity of disparate voices. In

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Poilu: The World War I Notebooks of Corporal Louis Barthas, Barrelmaker

A “Must-Read” pick for the New York Post and a Daily Beast “Hot Reads” title!   As discussed in our March”WAR!” theme, it remains of the utmost importance to consider the individual experiences of soldiers. Those on the front lines provide a personal narrative – one that is often separate

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