Where the Queer Characters at?

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I’m a character-driven reader: it’s the characters that suck me into the plot and make me want to keep turning the pages.  I especially love finding characters who resemble me in some way, from hair texture to musical inclinations. But what happens when you almost never see a key component of your identity mirrored in the characters you love?

I identify as bisexual, and I want to know where the queer characters are in mainstream literature.

To be clear, I’m not talking about the characters you find in the LGBTQ+ section of the bookstore. I hate browsing in that section and feeling that I have to seek out these characters, and that when I do their narratives are only focused on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  I just want queer characters to exist organically in the books read by the mainstream public. Continue Reading ›

Infographic: Death in The Odyssey

Sure, everyone sympathizes with Odysseus, the man who got dragged off to fight a ten-year war and then had to face a journey home so filled with obstacles it took another ten years to make it back. That’s rough.

Except you know what’s rougher? Being one of Odysseus’s crewmen. If you’re a crewman in The Odyssey, you don’t get a book written about you, you probably don’t get a name, and you have an 81.2% chance of being eaten.

Check out how this epic poem’s men met their epic demises.

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Which Harry Potter father figure is your pops?

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Many of us spent some time this Father’s Day contemplating the man who raised us. Who is he really? Find out by answering the most vital question: which father figure from Harry Potter is your dad?

1. Your algebra homework has come to a grinding halt. You do what you always do in times of trouble and go to your dad. He

a. looks at your paper, mumbles something unintelligible, and makes you a large cup of strong tea.
b. explains the whole thing enthusiastically and leaves you more confused than ever but strangely comforted.
c. explains with perfect clarity exactly what has you confused, helps you fix your mistakes, and also resolves that existential crisis you didn’t know he knew you were having.
d. wonders why you’re worrying about this when it’s not due until next week and proposes a rousing game of Mario Kart. Continue Reading ›

Century-Old Lesson: Chalkboards From 1917 Discovered in Oklahoma Classroom

Educators of Emerson High School in Oklahoma were shocked when contractors began working to update four classrooms; they uncovered chalkboards chock full of pristine writings and drawings dating back to 1917. What they found was so well-preserved, it was like stepping back into a real-life history lesson.

Check out the full story on NBC, and the incredible photos below.

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Beautiful Bookish Advertisements From Israel’s Oldest Bookstore Chain

Steimatzky, founded way back in 1925 in Tel-Aviv, collaborated with GREY Group ad agency in 2013 to create ads that captured the imaginative nature and adventure of books. They feature the readers falling asleep and sweetly snoozing next to their novels’ characters.

These even make taking a nap with Stalin look charming!

Check them out, and let us know your favorites (or books/characters that would make compelling ads you think they missed) in the comments! Harry Potter IMHO… but that’s always a given with me.

The Fellowship of the Ring  by J.R.R. Tolkein

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How to Use Semicolons

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This is part three in our original grammar series.

Semicolons, or, in the words of Kurt Vonnegut, “transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing,” have been given a bad name. You and Kurt may avoid them if you choose. If, however, you’ll open your hearts to the tiny mutants, I think you’ll find they’re really rather “useful little chaps”—in the words of Abraham Lincoln.

Think you know how to use a semicolon? Take this test and find out. Choose the correctly punctuated sentence. Continue Reading ›

Teachers, Here Is How to Spend Your Summer

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I distinctly remember staying late, late on a Friday night my second year of teaching so that I could finish all of my grading and planning for the next week.

I loved the idea of having a whole weekend to myself for once, but I didn’t actually think about what I would do with it once I had it. I woke up on Saturday morning feeling optimistic and free and by 1:15pm when I still hadn’t really moved from my bed, dread started to creep in. I had no idea really what to do with this free time. Completely forgot what I actually liked to do. It was the worst day ever.

I ate a Hungry Man dinner at 4:00pm.

If you are like me and are in danger of having that happen to your entire summer, or even just a couple of weeks of it, I have some ideas for you. Continue Reading ›