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Award-winning actor Judith Light on how her perspective on the role of the artist has changed over time.
“I think… that you have to strike a balance between being dissatisfied with your work and being proud of it. If you tip either way too much it's counterproductive.” – Whit Taylor If you think comics are only about superheroes or the residents of Riverdale, think again. In recent years, there's been...
Read our complete interview with NEA Translation Fellow--a poet, literary translator, and mathematician-- here . Search "Notable Quotable" in the Categories drop-down menu for more quotes to ponder.
"It's an overused analogy, but the idea of just asking a question through a different lens is so important." — Brandon Ballengée It is tricky to measure the number of species going extinct each year on our planet—it all depends on how many species of flora and fauna exist, a difficult number to pin...
Since April is not only Jazz Appreciation Month but National Poetry Month, we decided to merge the two. Below are five jazz songs and albums inspired by poetry, two of which tap the genius of Big Read poets. Gentian by Tomoko Ozawa Although pianist and composer Tomoko Ozawa isn’t the first musician...
As a research psychologist trained in studying childhood development, I often pose two questions in my role at the National Endowment for the Arts. One, what is the quality of the evidence suggesting that artistic and creative activities affect child outcomes, and two, what can researchers,...
Design specialist Jennifer Hughes shares her experience attending a a creative placemaking convening in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
My journey into social impact design began with architecture. I first studied it as an object, obsessing over the form, materials, and details. I learned how ancient and modern masters like Michelangelo, Borromini, Le Corbusier, Wright, and Gehry created iconic buildings. I even had the opportunity...
Few individuals have been regarded with the same fascination as Marilyn Monroe. And she was indeed fascinating, a woman who—thanks in large part to her physical appearance—appeared to have everything: celebrity, fame, wealth, and no shortage of male admirers. But as has been endlessly explored...
Here's our (unofficial) soundtrack to Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence, one of the titles in our Big Read library.

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