Nine Movies You Didn’t Know Had Literary Origins

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1. The Lion King (and its sequels)

Don’t be fooled by the fur—Disney only superficially disguised Shakespeare’s Hamlet with adorable lion cubs. Scar, a.k.a. Claudius, murders his brother on the sly and takes his throne, leaving young Hamlet—er, Simba—to travel the circle of life alone and conflicted. Fortunately for Simba, Walt apparently didn’t make it to the end of Shakespeare’s masterpiece.

The tensions lingering on Pride Rock in The Lion King 2 make an excellent stage for a furry version of Romeo and Juliet. And in the oddly delightful Lion King 1½, Timon and Pumbaa star in something a lot like Tom Stoppard’s absurd existentialist play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (minus the dead part). Continue Reading ›

eNotes + Crosswords: Enter to win a Lesson Plan!

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eNotes gets a lot of thank-you notes from teachers and fan mail from students daily. Okay – more like Tweets from the students. We haven’t received an actual letter since 2003.

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And while we love being recognized for all our hard work, what gets out of bed in the morning is making the lives of our teachers and students easier.

However, when one of our fans let us know “eNotes” was an answer in The New York Times crossword puzzle, we could not stop grinning and giggling! Continue Reading ›

5 Greek Love Myths and How to Apply Them to Reality

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Though the Ancient Greeks didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, their myths are full of romance. Take a leaf out of their book this February 14th (or maybe don’t).

1. Apollo and Daphne: Don’t chase — it’ll work out better for everyone.

Virtuous maiden Daphne was wandering around in the wilderness when the sun god Apollo showed up. Continue Reading ›

Celiac University: Tips for Eating Gluten-Free on Campus

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Living a gluten-free life is tough enough – no fluffy, flaky pastries, no thick pizza crusts, and definitely no sandwiches. But being gluten-free (or having any other dietary restrictions) on a university campus can be a whole new level of tough.

When all of your friends are hungry from studying at 1:00 am and want to go out for pizza or grab snacks from the market downstairs, you have to either head home early, or politely ask for a gluten-free option. Remember what I said about no thick pizza crusts? Gluten-free pizza crusts tend be thin and dough-y (ick), and after the first time your friends are subjected to what tastes like an undercooked piece of cardboard you just might not be invited to the next study party.

So how do you eat gluten-free on your new university campus and still have a great time? Continue Reading ›