You know what's cool? Magic. Spell-casting. Dragons. You know what's less cool? Snapchat, if you're a loser like me. I live a very dull life, so when all the world's non-losers send me snaps of their hooligan parties, I am forced to respond with poorly lit selfies in bed More →
“I am Lord Voldemort” is an anagram of “Tom Marvolo Riddle,” but there’s no way Voldemort came up with this right off the bat. Have you ever tried to make an anagram out of anything? It’s impossible. It’s a fool’s game. The only way to ... More →
I am an adult, technically, but I don’t know how to compromise, iron my pants, or do my taxes— usually I just staple a bunch of papers together, put them in an envelope, and throw it into the sea.
I’m sure William Shakespeare knew all the ... More →
Catch up on parts 1 — 5 of Blogging To Kill a Mockingbird here!
Chapter 9, like most chapters, begins with Scout beating someone up. In this case, that someone is Cecil Jacobs. But why is Stone Cold Scout Finch mule-kicking her classmates into next Tuesday and finishing them ... More →
How well do you know your opening lines? ("It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” is not on this list, we’re sorry to say. You’re not getting off that easy.)
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When I’m not here on SparkNotes writing about Hamlet and My Chemical Romance, I can be found saying things like "Obviously wizards must pay taxes since Hogwarts has free tuition, but do they also have to pay Muggle taxes?" offhand to strangers on public transportation. More →
A common motif in The Great Gatsby is Gatsby smiling, which is immediately followed by Nick swooning so hard he just about dies.
I learned this back when I was reading the book and blogging it chapter by chapter. I tried to take note whenever this happened, but the ... More →
Not every literary ending is a home-run. Sometimes you will be enjoying a book immensely, only to have it all go horribly wrong in the last few pages.
Bottom line: there is a right way and a wrong way to end a novel. And instead of applauding the authors who did it right (w More →
Catch up on parts 1 — 4 of Blogging To Kill a Mockingbird here!
Scout tells us that Jem has become extremely irritable after his brush with death. I can relate. Once I fell in a pond when I was ten years old. I didn’t almost die, but ... More →
Ostensibly, summer is a time to relax, have fun, maybe eat a popsicle or two or twelve.
But let's be realistic here. Summer is a time for sleeping until 3 PM, for complaining about how hot it is, for making plans to do things and then not doing them. It's just what has ... More →
In real life, she goes by the name Courtney Gorter. This is a closely guarded secret, and you're the only one who knows about it, so be cool. You can follow her on Twitter or check out her website if you want, but it's just going to be a lot of complaining.