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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

QUIZ: How Perfect Is Your Grammar?

By Emily BrownDecember 2, 2016
Basically, are you a Hermione or a Ron when it comes to the nuances of the English language? [viralQuiz id=194] ... More  →
QUIZ: How Perfect Is Your Grammar?

Feminist Hogwarts House Mood Boards

By Emily BrownNovember 14, 2016
First, we brought you feminist posters for every Hogwarts house. Then came the ways in which each house hexes the patriarchy. And now, to calm the nerves and soothe the mind, click through our curated feminist-themed mood boards for each Hogwarts house, print them out More  →
Feminist Hogwarts House Mood Boards

Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Part 10 (Chapters 21-End)

By Emily BrownNovember 4, 2016
Buckle up. This is one hell of a finale. Chapter 21: The New England Holiday The governor's inauguration day is here, and the atmosphere is nothing shy of Coachella. Everyone is as happy as they can be without flower crowns, while still maintaining the mandated air of Puritan sobriety. Hester ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Scarlet Letter</i>: Part 10 (Chapters 21-End)

Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Part 9 (Chapters 18-20)

By Emily BrownOctober 31, 2016
Welcome back to Blogging The Scarlet Letter. Last time, Hester and Dimmesdale decided to flee Massachusetts. Will Pearl be cool with it? Chapter 18: A Flood of Sunshine After a about hundred and seventy pages, Hawthorne has decided to reveal the saucier parts of Hester and Dimmesdale's relationship. Why does ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Scarlet Letter</i>: Part 9 (Chapters 18-20)
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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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