Linda Bernstein

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‘Will & Jane’: Two Literary Superheroes, United in Pop Culture

THERE’S something about pop culture that loves a coupling. Kim and Kanye. Brad and Angelina. Bill and Hillary. Batman and Robin.<p>An exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington is adding a twist to the formula, and contemplating the enduring star power of another dynamic duo: Will and …

Literature

Putting Your Baby to Sleep: Some Advice and Good News

I remember thinking, after my pregnant wife’s water broke, minutes after I went to bed, anguishing really, over one thought as we drove to the hospital: “I’m never going to be well rested again.”<p>If there’s one things all new parents wish for, it’s a good night’s sleep.<p>Unfortunately, infants …

Babies

A Genius Chocolate Birthday Cake with Super-Fluffy Chocolate Frosting

<i>This post originally appeared on</i> <b>Food52</b><i>.</i><p>This is a banner day: There are not one but <i>two</i> secret ingredients in this <b>genius chocolate cake</b>. They help make …

The cure for insomnia is to fall in love with sleep again – Rubin Naiman

In Evelyn De Morgan’s numinous painting, <i>Night and Sleep</i> (1878), Nyx, the mighty Greek goddess of night, hovers across a dusky sky with her beloved …

Sleep

A new way to do classical music in London

The Aeolian Musical Arts Association has unveiled a new approach to classical music in London — a conductor-less, community-focused string quartet …

London

7-Ingredient Chocolate Rice Krispy Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These 7-Ingredient Rice Krispy Bars are a cinch to make! Simply mix all of the ingredients together, pour the mixture into a tray, and bake. They're …

Veganism

Gilding the Lily: Foie Gras With Chocolate

The plaque of amuse-bouches at Petrossian suggests candy, not a pre-dinner snack. That trompe l’oeil effect is a result of what is offered: chocolate-covered foie gras, savory marshmallow cubes with caviar, and smoked-salmon pops.<p>It sounds risky. But any doubt I had was quickly dispelled. The …

Chocolate

Healthy chocolate recipes to enjoy on World Chocolate Day

There are a lot of food celebrations out there, but by far the most delicious has got to be World Chocolate Day, which this year falls on Thursday …

Review: Two Shakespeare Plays, but With Fewer Deep Voices

Summer Shakespeare festivals across the world are underway, and all of them face a situation that their not-so-resident playwright didn’t anticipate: The scripts are loaded with male roles, and typically the few actresses who are hired have only so much to do.<p>This season has correctives, like the …

Macbeth

Inside Boston Ballet’s record-smashing season

What happens when big data meets classical dance? Judging from Boston Ballet’s record-breaking 2015-16 season, you get a high-tech pas de deux in …

At the Paris Opera Ballet, Changing the Shape of Couture

PARIS — Couture, the handcrafted, made-to-measure clothing that regularly sells in the six figures, is fashion’s top stratum for the uber rich. Aside from brief glimpses on the runways, to most of us it is a hidden world.<p>But couture also exists in another, more accessible universe: theatrical …

Savoring the Spectrum of American Ballet Theater’s Rich Season

Scenery, costumes, music, choreography, dancers: American Ballet Theater’s eight-week season at the Metropolitan Opera House is this country’s peak annual demonstration of ballet as a composite art. It’s what many people think of as Diaghilev’s formula for ballet theater, with a strong emphasis on …

Performing Arts

13 habits science shows will help you fall asleep faster and sleep better

Shutterstock/Photographee.eu<p>Sleep is hard, especially in a world where people spend their time busy and stressed.<p>But not sleeping, in addition to …

Sleep

5 foods to get a better night's sleep

Not getting enough sleep is associated with weight gain and puts you at higher risk for obesity. With more than 30 percent of people suffering from insomnia, lack of sleep is an official public health problem and it’s affecting America’s waistband. All hope is not lost! Here are 5 foods to load up …

Sleep

International Chocolate Day 2016: Sweet treat recipes

Get ready for International Chocolate Day by making some scrumptious chocolaty treats.<p>Cath Kidston's <i>Teatime</i> has some of our favourite, traditional …

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

<b>1 chocolate graham crust</b><p><b>1 box chocolate pudding mix</b><p><b>1 ½ cups milk</b><p><b>8-ounce box cream cheese</b><p><b>½ cup creamy peanut butter</b><p><b>½ cup powdered sugar</b><p><b>16-ounce</b> …

Chocolate

Dairy Free White Chocolate Ice Cream Bon Bons Recipe

You did hear me correctly. Today I’m sharing a recipe for dairy free <i>white chocolate</i> ice cream bon bons. I do love dark chocolate, but white chocolate …

Chocolate

A 'good looking' chocolate chip cookie recipe

If chocolate chip cookies could model, this one would strut down the runway.<p>This is the third recipe I'm placing in the "GOOD" category during my …

Recipes

Pear, chocolate crumble a guilt-free dessert

My four daughters all have a sweet tooth, and I blame genetics. I can sidestep French fries, chips and salty stuff pretty easily, but chocolate makes …

'America's Shakespeare' Review: Our British Founding Father

Washington<p>In 1786, while on a diplomatic visit to England, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. “Three Doors from the Inn,” Adams wrote, “is the House where he was born, as small and mean, as you can conceive. They shew Us an old Wooden Chair in the …

Books

Shakespeare: Actor. Playwright. Social Climber.

Shakespeare biography has long circled a set of tantalizing mysteries: Was he Protestant or secretly Catholic? Gay or straight? Loving toward his wife, or coldly dismissive?<p>That the man left no surviving letters or autobiographical testimony has hardly helped, ensuring that accounts of his life …

How to Plant Your Own Shakespeare Garden to Mark the Bard’s 400th Anniversary

New Yorkers wanting to celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare needn’t travel all the way to the medieval English market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, where the bard was born. There are two Shakespeare gardens to visit within the five boroughs: one in Central Park, and the other at …

Can’t Sleep? Eat This

It’s a nightly habit for some of us. You’re lying in bed, totally exhausted, and for some reason can’t catch a wink. Or perhaps you fall asleep, then wake up a couple of hours later to an endless cycle of tossing and turning that culminates in a 4:00 a.m. Instagram-stalking session. Could you have …

Navigating the sleep-deprived world of toddler parenthood

We are not awake at this time. Lie: We are awake at this time and an hour earlier we were awake and an hour and a half from now, we will also be awake. We try to convince ourselves otherwise. It is a very lifelike dream. In the lonely electric hum of the night, our 23-month-old daughter wrestles us …

Toddlers

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Somedays, there’s nothing as satisfying as a warm, gooey, chocolate chip cookie. You know the kind – they are slightly crispy on the outside, and …

Bolshoi Ballet: the first Soviet invasion

This summer’s appearance in London by the Bolshoi Ballet marks the 60th anniversary of the Moscow troupe’s first season at Covent Garden. I remember …

Russia

Don’t forget that goodnight kiss – it will help you sleep BETTER, research says

GETTYA goodnight kiss could help you sleep better, according to new research<p>In the build-up to National Kissing Day on Friday, bed makers Silentnight …

Sleep

Double Crunch Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Fudge [Vegan]

This fudge is everything. Crunchy peanut butter, coconut oil, chocolate chips, and crushed peanuts come together to make a dessert experience that …

Veganism

Velvety Vegan Chocolate Tofu Mousse

This simple no-cook vegan dessert recipe can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and will satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth!<p>It was the "go to" snack for my children when they were young -- and it remains to be a family favorite! Need I say more? And yes, this vegan dessert tastes as …

20 surprising effects that getting more sleep has on your mind and body

We're always on the lookout for ways to transform our lives, but sometimes we forget that — along with exercise — another miracle drug for our brains …

Sleep