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Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is a columnist for The Washington Times and is nationally syndicated.

Articles by Suzanne Fields

Poetry Quill Pen Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

FIELDS: The politics of poetry

The other day a teacher of a ninth-grade English class at an elite private school in the nation's capital asked students who had transferred from public schools to list the poets they had studied. Published June 18, 2014

Illustration on national reexamination of the Common Core curriculum by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

FIELDS: Common critics for Common Core

America was swamped a generation ago by "the rising tide of mediocrity," in the apt phrase of Ronald Reagan's National Commission on Excellence in Education. Published June 11, 2014

Illustration on Shakespeare in America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

FIELDS: Shakespeare's diversity in America

If Shakespeare were alive and invited to give the commencement address at a major American university, the favorite spring sport on campus would explode with loud and shrill protest. Published May 14, 2014

"Kindred Spirits" by Asher B. Durand

FIELDS: A walk through Alice's wonderland

When Alice Walton, the Wal-Mart heiress and second-richest woman in America, decided to build a Museum of American Art in her hometown deep in the Arkansas Ozarks, no one questioned her ability to spend money. Published May 7, 2014

Illustration on Rome and Jewish Catholic history by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

FIELDS: Roman reflections on popes' canonization

Rome is "the Eternal City," and it's eternally an inspiration, and particularly this year during Holy Week and the run-up to the canonization of not one, but two new Roman Catholic saints, and both of them popes. Published April 30, 2014

Illustration of Vladimir Putin by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

FIELDS: A cold German spring for Merkel and Putin

Berlin enjoyed an unusually warm winter, but the blast of frigid air ushering in spring seems especially suited to accompany the changing attitudes many Germans express in their view of a restive world. Published April 23, 2014

Image from the motion picture 'Noah' courtesy Paramount

FIELDS: How 'Noah' and life imitate art

This isn't the Sunday school epic, but it asks the right questions. "Noah," the movie, is sometimes described as an equal-opportunity religious offender. Published April 2, 2014

Illustration by William Brown

FIELDS: The class of '18 and its dreams

It's official: It's spring, when an anxious young man's fancy (and a young woman's, too) seriously turns to thoughts of college. Published March 19, 2014

Illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

FIELDS: Millennials playing the confidence game

No generation stands still for a snapshot. Even when making a selfie, friends, acquaintances and bystanders sneak into the frame, ruining the message that it's "all about me." Published March 12, 2014

Lupita Nyong'o, winner of the award for best actress in a supporting role for "12 Years a Slave" and Matthew McConaughey winner of the award for best actor for his role in the "Dallas Buyers Club" attend the Governors Ball after the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

FIELDS: Oscars' fantasy on the Left Coast

The Academy Awards are the Left Coast's great cultural event of the year, more important to the stars than a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Published March 5, 2014

Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

FIELDS: New reminders of an old, old story

German investigators have arrested three old men who were particularly brutal guards at Auschwitz, ages 88, 92 and 94. They're old, but the last of the survivors of the death camps are old, too. Published February 26, 2014

FIELDS: 'Monuments Men' rescued art and history

The National Gallery of Art stands between the White House and the Capitol, bracketed by other museums exhibiting treasures ranging from the red shoes Judy Garland wore in the movie "The Wizard of Oz" to the Apollo 11 space module that went to the moon and back, to a Leonardo da Vinci portrait reckoned as his best work short of the Mona Lisa. Published February 19, 2014

Monica Lewinsky smiles after she appeared at a news conference Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002 in Pasadena, Calif. to promote an HBO documentary scheduled to debut on March 3, titled 'Monica in Black and White.' The film largely consists of Lewinsky 
 
 answering questions from an audience of HBO staff and college students. (AP Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Film Magic)

FIELDS: First ladies and second gentlemen

It's nearly Valentine's Day again. Girls and boys, children and teenagers, men and women of various sizes, colors and ages, parade sentiments about what they wish, think, enjoy, reflect or remember about this crazy thing called love. Published February 12, 2014

A makeshift memorial is seen, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, outside the building where the body of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found in New York. Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday in his apartment. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

FIELDS: Sex, death and loathing in Hollywood

Hollywood is glamorous on the screen and in the imaginations of millions. But when reality intrudes on the art, the grime of human ordinariness, with all its needs, desires and compulsions, comes into sharp focus. The shine flees from the tinsel. Published February 5, 2014