The Festival Beat

How Happy Are We?
By Paul Richardson

Finding the keys to happiness, says Dr. Laurie Santos, requires tapping into our primate brains, and observing the behavior and activities of those who report being very happy. And the results are often surprising, but also uplifting.
 

Truth-telling and story above all else
By Paul Richardson

Roz Chast goes through the world with the eyes of a cartoonist, of a graphic storyteller who is constantly identifying and lampooning the ever anxious and self-conscious American middle class.

Star Wars Secrets
By Paul Richardson

With the arrival of the final Star Wars film, we thought it would be a good time to share some interesting facts we have dug up on the franchise.

The Truth and Power in Jesmyn Ward's Fiction
By Paul Richardson

“Ward is one of those rare writers who’s traveled across America’s deepening class rift with her sense of truth intact.” – The Los Angeles Times

Three years ago, Miloš Karadaglić was at the pinnacle of his career
By Paul Richardson

It was about to all come crashing down...

What do Cirque du Soleil, Reese Witherspoon, and Harry Potter have in common?
By Paul E. Richardson

What do Cirque du Soleil, Reese Witherspoon, and Harry Potter have in common? Troupe Vertigo, of course!

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