Arts and Entertainment
- A Bass Player's Tribute: Five Influences
My salute to the bass players who have meant the most to me.
- Death by Creative Differences: Sitcom Character Assassinations
Over the years, creative differences and contract disputes have resulted in several historic sitcom deaths to explain missing characters.
- Demise of History Well Ahead of Schedule
Nancy Dubuc continues to transform History (formerly the History Channel) into yet another reality network.
- Edward Hopper's Nighthawks (1942)
Edward Hopper's masterpiece, "Nighthawks," is a paragon of American Realism that still conjures compelling, if often bleak, fits of the imagination.
- Five Pillars of Fantasy Literature
Whether you want to catch up on your fantasy reading or you want to be a fantasy writer, there are five names with which you should be intimately familiar. These masters have indelibly shaped the direction of popular contemporary fantasy.
- Forms in Poetry: The Rhyme Royale
The rhyme royale is a bound verse form originating in Middle English, rhyming ababbcc and traditionally composed in iambic pentameter.
- History Channel Abandons History in Favor of Ratings
Under the leadership of Nancy Dubuc, the programming at History (formerly known as The History Channel) is trading its reputation for a new audience.
- How to Write a Blues Song
The blues may look and sound simple, but it takes feeling, a gift for wordplay, and an understanding of the rules to write a good blues tune.
- How to Write a Pop Rock Song
There's a lot of competition in commercial songwriting. Understanding what makes a good pop song is essential to success.
- John Singer Sargent's Study From Life (1891)
John Singer Sargent's only known female nude portrait, Study in Life, shows a rare departure from an artist frequently dismissed as "too commercial."
- Ten Great TV Comedy Sidekicks
There's a handful of supporting television characters that I've found consistently and hilariously funny through the years. Which ones do you enjoy?
- Ten Very Guilty Movie Pleasures
We all have our guilty pleasure movies, the ones that we can't seem to quit watching.
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