Topic: William Shakespeare
Readers of books love lists. That's why book-review editor J. Peder Zane asked 125 writers – everyone from Norman Mailer to Jonathan Franzen to Margaret Drabble – to pick their very favorite books of all time. Out of all the books in the world, here are the 10 most selected by Zane's illustrious group. (You can see this and other book lists in Zane's book "The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books.")
05/19/2011 06:35 pm
A father reads out loud to his daughter – 3,218 nights in a row.
05/18/2011 04:24 pm
Marvel Comics starts another franchise as the superhero Thor gets tongue-in-cheek treatment.
05/06/2011 01:12 pm
Even before Osama bin Laden's death, Muslims were rejecting his vile message.
05/05/2011 03:39 pm
Al Qaeda's former No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri is seen worldwide as the top leader of Al Qaeda. But he may lack the charismatic Osama bin Laden's ability to rally followers.
05/05/2011 08:16 am
Our expression of mathematical comparisons is often illogical, the Monitor's language columnist points out, and it's not too hard to get it right.
05/02/2011 01:43 pm
And here you thought your wedding was a bit on the stressful side. At least you're not Kate Middleton, whose every step – especially any misstep – will be broadcast live to the world. It won't get any easier if she ever becomes the consort of the king. On the bright side, she's marrying a handsome and energetic young man. Then again, Henry VIII's first queen did the exact same thing. As for the five that followed her, well, as the old rhyme puts it: "Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived." As she figures out her strategy to keep her position (and her man), "Waity Katie" might be wise to sit back and read these instructive books about Henry VIII's queens. This time around, let's hope only the lessons roll, with everyone's heads staying right where they belong.
04/29/2011 11:14 am
Our fascination with the romance between Prince William and Kate Middleton is nothing new. The world has always loved a royal love story and a stack of books from over the ages proves that to be true. Here are 10 of the most interesting.
04/26/2011 07:03 pm
Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.
04/26/2011 06:10 am
Although we don't actually know Shakespeare's birthday, it is officially celebrated on April 23. This year, to mark his 447th, are you willing to test your knowledge of the Bard? See how many of these familiar Shakespearean lines you can match to the plays in which they appear.
04/20/2011 05:29 pm