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The Horcrux Test

By Janet ManleyJune 22, 2017
"A Horcrux is the word used for an object in which a person has concealed part of their soul." —Horace Slughorn Eeeee! Nobody is advocating you are capable of a wizardly atrocity, but there are moments in life where you feel your soul torn a little bit, ... More  →
The Horcrux Test

Suzanne Collins Knows What's What with Civil Rights; Look at What Mockingjay Can Teach Us About Racism Today

By Janet ManleyJune 21, 2017
This post was originally published in 2014, but its message will always be relevant.—Sparkitors You probably know the phrase, "Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever." Peeta's face: "... forever is going to su-hu-huck." BECAUSE YOU ARE SMART, you already know that Panem derives from the Latin panem et circenses—"bread ... More  →
Suzanne Collins Knows What's What with Civil Rights; Look at What <i>Mockingjay</i> Can Teach Us About Racism Today

Salt Houses Author Hala Alyan on Finding a Home, Airport Detention, and The Role of Art in Talking About Palestine

By Janet ManleyApril 27, 2017
Picture your childhood home. Your parents might still live there. A new family might have moved in. It might exist only in the background of family photos. What does it mean when you can't go back to that house? Debut novelist Hala Alyan has taken the notion ... More  →
<i>Salt Houses</i> Author Hala Alyan on Finding a Home, Airport Detention, and The Role of Art in Talking About Palestine

Great American Novels as Told by John Mayer

By Janet ManleyApril 14, 2017
If I had to sum up the American literature tradition, I would probably do so as follows:A man stands against an outsized landscape, symbolizing the cult of the individual something something.And who embodies this better than fallible everyman poet John Mayer, man in a cowboy More  →
Great American Novels as Told by John Mayer

What Is the Tech World If Not a Shakespearean Farce: An Interview With Author Doree Shafrir

By Janet ManleyApril 10, 2017
When I'm feeling introspective, I often turn to this face swap of a fish pillow, artist and date unknown, and think, Snapchat is worth $25 billion??? What have I even been doing with my life. All you need these days is a cool idea for an app and you can start ... More  →
What Is the Tech World If Not a Shakespearean Farce: An Interview With Author Doree Shafrir

We Created SnapeChat Because the Dark Lord Asked It Of Us

By Janet ManleyMarch 22, 2017
Least popular Yule Ball chaperone of all time Severus Snape is kind of an underdog. He's misunderstood, he is probably NBK in his 50s, and he desperately needs Cinna's help to freshen up his hairdo.What better place could there be for a social outcast like Snape than the int More  →
We Created SnapeChat Because the Dark Lord Asked It Of Us

Interview With the Author of All Grown Up, Jami Attenberg

By Janet ManleyMarch 8, 2017
"People architect new lives all the time. I know this because I never see them again once they find these new lives." —Andrea, All Grown Up It's nice to be young; you can act silly and precocious to older people and be adored for it, them ... More  →
Interview With the Author of <i>All Grown Up</i>, Jami Attenberg

Sex Ed at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

By Janet ManleyFebruary 24, 2017
Part of the appeal of Hogwarts is the coursework: instead of AP chemistry, you get potions; instead of biology, you get to tear around the Forbidden Forest on a Hippogriff as you learn about "Care of Mystical Creatures." Although Hogwarts' academic curriculum was rigorous, s More  →
Sex Ed at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Blogging 1984

By Janet ManleyDecember 31, 2016
I first "read" 1984 in maybe grade eight, and the main memories are of my English teacher writing "BIG BROTHER" and "NEWSPEAK" up on the blackboard, lest we miss the \subtlety/ of George Orwell's writing. As the saying goes, behind every book with a one or more ... More  →
Blogging <i>1984</i>

Quiz: Are You So Sad or So Awkward?

By Janet ManleyDecember 7, 2016
Your life is tragic, but it is it art? [viralQuiz id=199] ... More  →
Quiz: Are You So Sad or So Awkward?
About the Author
Janet Manley

Janet is the Sparkitor who most resembles a common field potato, and isn't opposed to pineapple appearing on a pizza. She is proof that dreams can come true, as long as your dream is to share a love seat with Benjamin Barnes for nine and a half minutes after standing him up for five because you can't work out hotel elevators. Janet once had a smexy dream where Haymitch Abernathy hugged her meaningfully, which I think means they are married now. She would like to third-person you on Twitter @janetmanley

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