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How to Read a Novel for Class

By Emma W.March 22, 2017
This post was originally published in May 2016 I remember in high school—and, yes, sometimes even in college—I would go to class thinking I was prepared—I'd done the reading!—only to find that I was not. At all. Discussions went way, way overhead my head. Like, I might ... More  →
How to Read a Novel for Class

Famous Quotes (Misremembered)

By Emma W.February 13, 2017
These quotes are historical favorites, the famous-est of the famous, the quotes that endure, year after year. Why? Because they inspire, because they're wise...and because even though they were said decades ago by some old, white dudes, they can still seem eerily releva More  →
Famous Quotes (Misremembered)

The Romance Test

By Emma W.January 25, 2017
How romantic are you really? [viralQuiz id=51] This quiz was originally published in May 2016 ... More  →
The Romance Test

Blogging Catcher In the Rye

By Emma W.December 31, 2016
When my brother first read The Catcher in the Rye—he loved it—I asked my mom if I could read it, too (tho when did I start consulting with my mom on whether I could read a book?), and she said, "No. It's in appropriate" or something like ... More  →
Blogging <i>Catcher In the Rye</i>

Blogging The Catcher in the Rye: Part 9 (In Which Holden Anticipates the Off-the-Grid Lifestyle)

By Emma W.October 26, 2016
Last time, Holden got drunk and went to find the ducks in Central Park. They weren't there. Then he went home to talk to his little sister Phoebe, who basically excoriated him for having no goals in life. When we left Holden, it was still the ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>: Part 9 (In Which Holden Anticipates the Off-the-Grid Lifestyle)

Blogging The Catcher in the Rye: Part 8 (In Which Holden Actually Feels Good)

By Emma W.October 18, 2016
Last time, Holden insulted Sally on their no good, very bad date and then got drinks with a sort-of old friend named Carl, whom he harasses about his sex life, as you'd expect from a teenage boy, but not from one like Holden, who sometimes acts ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>: Part 8 (In Which Holden Actually Feels <i>Good</i>)

Blogging The Catcher in the Rye: Part 7 (In Which Holden Falls In and Out of Love Twice in One Chapter)

By Emma W.October 11, 2016
Last time, Holden set up a date with Sally Hayes, a sort-of girlfriend, met some nuns in Grand Central Station, and then walked through Central Park to the Natural History Museum, because he wanted to see the glass cases that haven't changed since he was a ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>: Part 7 (In Which Holden Falls In and Out of Love Twice in One Chapter)

Blogging The Catcher in the Rye: Part 6 (In Which We Get the Song that Inspired the Title and Are TOTALLY Mystified)

By Emma W.October 5, 2016
Last time, Holden thought about Jane Gallagher, went to a bar called Ernie's that was filled with phonies, walked back to the hotel alone, and invited a prostitute—who ended up making him very uncomfortable—to his room. I have to admit that I do not remember this book being ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>: Part 6 (In Which We Get the Song that Inspired the Title and Are TOTALLY Mystified)

Blogging The Catcher in the Rye: Part 5 (In Which Holden Admits He Loves Frozen Daiquiris)

By Emma W.September 29, 2016
Last time, we learned that novels are very contrived. On the train into New York City, Holden sat next to the mother of one of his classmates, lied a lot, checked into his hotel, thought about sex, tried to meet up with a prostitute, then went ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>: Part 5 (In Which Holden Admits He Loves Frozen Daiquiris)

Blogging The Catcher in the Rye: Part 4 (In Which Crumby Stuff Gets Crumbier)

By Emma W.September 23, 2016
Last time, we learned that Holden had a younger brother, Allie, who died of leukemia and we cried. Also, Holden got his nose punched in by Stradlater because he couldn't bear the thought of Strad "giving the time" to Old Jane Gallagher—and, as a result of this, ... More  →
Blogging <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>: Part 4 (In Which Crumby Stuff Gets Crumbier)
About the Author
Emma W.

Emma loves dogs, Emily Dickinson, Jane Austen, and long walks on the beach. She grew up in New York City and now lives in Iowa City with her husband and two very, very cute dogs.

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