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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>

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

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)

Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Part 8 (Chapters 16-17)

By Emily BrownOctober 24, 2016
Previously in Blogging The Scarlet Letter~ Chapter 16: A Forest Walk On a "chill and sombre" day, Hester is lurking the forest with Pearl in the hopes that she will run into Reverend Dimmesdale. If you'll remember from last time, Hester is in a real pickle here. After seven years she is ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Scarlet Letter</i>: Part 8 (Chapters 16-17)

The Graces Is the Witchy YA Novel of Your Dreams

By Emily BrownOctober 18, 2016
Laure Eve's The Graces is at the top of my book recs this fall, and not just because it decorates my room for the season better than a pumpkin ever could. It's everything I never knew I wanted in a book about witches. River, which is not her real ... More  →
<i>The Graces</i> Is the Witchy YA Novel of Your Dreams

Blogging The Scarlet Letter Part 7 (Chapters 13-15)

By Emily BrownOctober 12, 2016
Last we heard, Hester, Pearl, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth rendez-vous-ed under a meteor shower. It didn't go well. Find every installment here! Chapter 13: Another View of Hester Pearl is seven now, so she's at peak cheekiness. Since Pearl was born, Hester has devoted her life to charity: she brings food ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Scarlet Letter</i> Part 7 (Chapters 13-15)

We Need to Talk About Delphi

By Emily BrownOctober 10, 2016
SPOILERS BELOW. You've been warned. For years I genuinely thought that J.K. Rowling had little more to squeeze out of her billion-dollar toothpaste tube than the theme park in Orlando. Friends, how ignorant I was. Enter: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play and accompanying script that follows our beloved ... More  →
We Need to Talk About Delphi

Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Part 6 (Chapters 11-12)

By Emily BrownOctober 5, 2016
Previously in Blogging The Scarlet Letter, Chillingworth discovered an undisclosed ~THING~ on Dimmesdale's chest, and we still don't know what it is. Find every installment here! Chapter 11: The Interior of a Heart Roger Chillingworth is evil—this much Nathaniel 2.0 has made clear. Currently, he is plotting "a more intimate revenge ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Scarlet Letter</i>: Part 6 (Chapters 11-12)