These days, it seems like so many arbitrary things now have their own “National Day” (or week, or month—National Candied Orange Peel Day*, anyone?), but Poetry Month is a celebration that has been going on for twenty years! Regardless of the duration of its appreciation month, it’s safe to say that poetry has been immeasurably influential throughout human history; even before the invention of writing, people told stories to one another in the form of long, epic poems. Now, candied oranges are pretty great, and chances are they’ve been around for a long time too, but we’re betting that they haven’t had quite the same societal and artistic impact. Continue Reading ›
This St. Patrick’s Day bring on the corned beef and cabbage…and books!
In honor of this wonderful holiday, we thought we’d focus on literature from Ireland. Even if you’re familiar with books that hail from the Irish lands, hopefully you’ll learn something new about these authors and the origins of their works. So sit back, pour yourself a cuppa’, and learn about some truly intriguing these Irish lads and lasses. Continue Reading ›
For one often hailed as the Bard of love stories, Shakespeare sure has a weird way of showing/telling it. Even his most famous tale of romance, Romeo and Juliet, is a little…off…in the love department, at least for modern times.
Romeo and Juliet isn’t the only Shakespeare work that is little bit strange; in fact a pretty large number of his works depict love in ways that are off-putting. Even the most dedicated Shakespeare fan has to acknowledge that the fairy shenanigans in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the sheer wickedness of Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew are a little less than appealing to one who loves love. Continue Reading ›
It probably doesn’t surprise anyone that Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. The media shows us two reactions to this little, commercial holiday: 1) the lovey dovey people feeding each other heart-shaped chocolates into their perfect, air-brushed mouths, and 2) single, bitter people, doubling down on the BOGO chocolate at the local grocery store. Many of us, however, do not adhere to that binary system and enjoy reading love stories, bundling up with chocolate and/or a significant other, and taking the holiday as basically an ordinary day with cheap chocolate. By the way, there are some good deals on boxed chocolate when V-Day finally rolls around.
In spirit of the holiday, enjoy the following collection of love-inspired quotes and the works from whence they came. Books don’t have to fall under the taboo heading of “romance” to have a little of the good stuff, otherwise known as love. Continue Reading ›
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 ›
We love our moms, and they love us!
But… more often than not in literature, we see somewhat, er, nontraditional relationships between mothers and their children.
Some of these relationships are too good (or too bad?) not to comment on, so when we started brainstorming our Mother’s Day post, we kept coming back to the idea of the classic Hallmark card with a little twist. Below you’ll find the Mother’s Day card imaginings of famed literary mother-child relationships.
A little bit snarky, and a little bit sweet, we think you’ll find these a real treat. Continue Reading ›
Washington D.C. — In a ruling that shocked educators this morning, United States President Barack Obama released a statement mandating the dismissal of all after school assignments, in essence eliminating homework from the U.S. public education system. Continue Reading ›