Happy Birthday, Cormac McCarthy!

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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In Memory of Jane: Our Favorite Austen Quotes

Today, we honor Jane Austen‘s death. As one of the greatest English novelists, her works live on and continue to be some of the most influential literary works in history.

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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,…

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How to Pick the Right College for You

Congratulations high schoolers! Another school year is over and summer has just begun! While we’re certain that you’re all out to have a good time and unwind, the summer is also an opportune time to start thinking about next steps, and it’s likely that a good number of your summer vacations revolve around touring college campuses.…

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Zeroes and Ones and Your Odds of Writing a Best-Seller

Did you ever suspect the runaway best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey was written by robots?  Well, somebody check E.L. James for vital signs because she might actually be an algorithm.  Check this out: Surely a human being would die of boredom before biting a lip in print forty-three times in one novel. Actually, I’m skewing…

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