Happy Birthday, Cormac McCarthy!

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On this day in 1933, Cormac McCarthy was born. The great American novelist moved around a lot, and served in the Air Force for four years. After returning to the University of Tennessee in 1957, he was awarded an Ingram-Merrill Award for creative writing. He has published ten novels and has an eleventh on the way.

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Happy Birthday, Pablo Neruda: Quotes about Life (and Love)

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Born in Chile on July 12, 1904, we recognize Pablo Neruda 112 years later as a political activist and eclectic poet. As a Communist holding several Chilean governmental posts, Neruda faced danger when Radical Party presidential candidate Gabriel González Videla turned against the Communist Party. Continue Reading ›

The King in Yellow: Analysis and Plot Summary of the Book that Inspired HBO’s True Detective

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HBO has a monster hit on its hands with True Detective, a very dark Southern Noir cop show that takes place in Louisiana. The show is littered with references to the 1875 book by Robert Chambers entitled The King in Yellow. The connections between the show and the book are sometimes blunt and direct, such as similar place names, and at times obscure and thematic. But what is The King in Yellow about? Enotes.com has a plot summary and brief analysis. Here’s quick excerpt to get you familiar with the basic concepts of the book:

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Bikini Shakespeare? Thanks, YouTube

Ah, YouTube. While it’s undoubtedly a place to be entertained, discover amazing talent, and even learn, it’s also home to pretty much the worst in lowest-common-denominator promotional content of every stripe. Several readers emailed the eNotes tipline to let us know about “Bikini Shakespeare”, a series that combines poor readings of the Bard’s work with, yes, bikini models. It’s all part of a promotional campaign for a popcorn brand. Sadly, these videos have millions of views, while our educational Video Study Guides for Hamlet have less then 50,000. But don’t worry, we won’t resort to bikinis to get more views!