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Tough Conversations 101: How to Say What's On Your Mind

By Emily BrownMarch 31, 2017
The New Year (soonish) feels like a good time to have a chat about tough conversations—the ones that put a little knot in your stomach, or, if you're me, make you stress-eat a sleeve of pistachio cookies. Mustering up the courage to tell someone how you're ... More  →
Tough Conversations 101: How to Say What's On Your Mind

Emma Chastain On Her Debut Novel, Confessions of a High School Disaster

By Emily BrownMarch 24, 2017
We were beside ourselves when Emma Chastain, former SparkNotes editor 🙋🏽  and writing advice expert, announced that her debut novel was out there on the bookshelves awaiting us. Confessions of a High School Disaster takes shape around the life of Chloe Snow, whose daily journal entries catalogue the defining moments of high school (ratio of moments, awkward to graceful: 10:1). ... More  →
Emma Chastain On Her Debut Novel, <i>Confessions of a High School Disaster</i>

The DOs and DEFINITELY DON'Ts of Text Flirting

By Emily BrownMarch 16, 2017
Flirting is one among the many mysteries of the human condition. Where do you put your hands when someone whose mouth you wouldn't mind having on your own mouth is talking to you? Where do you look? At your hands that you don't know where to put? And how do you stop yourself More  →
The DOs and DEFINITELY DON'Ts of Text Flirting

How to Be Alone Without Being Lonely

By Emily BrownMarch 13, 2017
Truth: If given the choice between eating at a restaurant alone and casually prancing into the hellscape of their nightmares, I'm going to guess 80% of society would choose the hellscape. The taboo on doing things all by our lonesome makes me sad, guys. I partially blame the outcast/loner character trope, but I mostly ... More  →
How to Be Alone Without Being Lonely

Everything Books Taught Me About How to Find Love

By Emily BrownJanuary 9, 2017
This post was originally published on January 29, 2016. Often when I'm faced with life's toughest questions, I ask myself what would provide me with the best insight into the human experience at that moment. Sometimes I find answers in episodes of Friends. Usually I can find answers in something ... More  →
Everything Books Taught Me About How to Find Love

QUIZ: Can You Match the First and Last Lines of Classic Lit?

By Emily BrownJanuary 4, 2017
We believe in you. Go, go, go! [viralQuiz id=218] ... More  →
QUIZ: Can You Match the First and Last Lines of Classic Lit?

Blogging The Scarlet Letter

By Emily BrownDecember 31, 2016
Hi! Welcome. Contrary to everything you've ever heard, this book is not garbage. Sure, Hawthorne uses the word "ignominy" exactly twenty-three more times than I would've thought necessary. Sure, he's filled three consecutive pages with very specific information about woodland creatures. Sure, the plot only gets going halfway ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Scarlet Letter</i>

The 8 Best Holiday Scenes in Fiction

By Emily BrownDecember 12, 2016
If there are two things in which the holiday szn is never lacking, they are books and cheese platters. In the spirit of this, I invite you to sample the camembert and then read this list of my favorite, sobbiest, nuts-est fictional holiday scenes. SPOILERS AHEAD. [This More  →
The 8 Best Holiday Scenes in Fiction

It's Finals Season at Hogwarts

By Emily BrownDecember 9, 2016
This post was originally published on December 8, 2015, but we're bringing it back because #finals. Meanwhile, conversations overheard in the halls of a snowy, caffeinated Hogwarts... Dumbledore: A small Christmas treat as a token of my gratitude for all you’ve done for me, Severus Snape: Albus. You ... More  →
It's Finals Season at Hogwarts

Writing a Paper on The Scarlet Letter? Here's Your Custom Thesis Topic

By Emily BrownDecember 8, 2016
If you are here, it's because you finished The Scarlet Letter. First, congratulations—you just got through a forty+ page introduction, thirty mentions of scaffolds, unnecessarily long descriptions of woodland creatures, and the insufferable entirety of Arthur Dimmesdale. (Somewhere in there was some superb humor and poignant commentary, I swear.) Now, presumably, you're being asked ... More  →
Writing a Paper on The Scarlet Letter? Here's Your Custom Thesis Topic
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Emily Brown

Emily likes breakfast, history, Canada, walking around, and most other things besides cilantro. Follow her on Twitter @em_jbrown

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