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In Honor of National Poetry Month, We're Becoming Poetry Insurgents

By Jessie GaynorApril 5, 2016
I, too, dislike it. Reading it, however, with a perfect     contempt for it, one discovers in it, after all, a place for the genuine.  —Marianne Moore, "Poetry" Poetry is the worst, right? Despite the fact that I spent two years getting an MFA in poetry, I'm not even pandering when I... More  →
In Honor of National Poetry Month, We're Becoming Poetry Insurgents

YA Author Amy Spalding On Genre, Music, and The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions

By Nicole DiekerApril 5, 2016
How do YA authors choose what genre to write in? Is it possible to write about what you love? What advice do published writers have for people just getting started? I got the chance to chat with YA author Amy Spalding—whose newest novel, The New... More  →
YA Author Amy Spalding On Genre, Music, and <i>The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions</i>

Blogging The Great Gatsby: Part 6 (The One Where I Wish Tom Was Narrating This Thing)

By ElodieApril 4, 2016
When last we spoke, Gatsby and Daisy were reunited at last, and it was terrible. This time, Gatsby's going to get punched in the face by life itself and then fall butt-first into a love triangle. Let’s proceed! You know that scene in Tangled where rakish... More  →
Blogging <em>The Great Gatsby</em>: Part 6 (The One Where I Wish Tom Was Narrating This Thing)

Be a Boss B*tch: Join the SparkLife Bookclub

By Emma W.April 1, 2016
Calling all readers! You are invited to join The *Exclusive* SparkLife Book Club. Think of it as a smaller, more intimate version of Emma Watson's Feminist Book Club, moderated by yours truly, your very own Emma W., and, well, without Karlie Kloss (we can't have it... More  →
Be a Boss B*tch: Join the SparkLife Bookclub

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 28, 1954

By Nicole DiekerApril 1, 2016
Dear Diary, Dougal McGregor walked me to town again. I've stopped telling him I don't need walking. He's an interesting young man—and a Muggle, which means I can only tell him a small part of what my life has been like at that "boarding school" my parents... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: June 28, 1954

Jesse Andrews' Latest Novel, The Haters, Is Everything We Dreamed Of and MORE

By Emily BrownMarch 31, 2016
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl took a pickaxe to my heart last summer. I was a popsicle, and that book was the heat of the summer sun beating down onto my unsuspecting soul. You can imagine, then, the EXTREME PALPITATIONS I had when I found out about the... More  →
Jesse Andrews' Latest Novel, <i>The Haters</i>, Is Everything We Dreamed Of and MORE

How Would You Die in a Shakespeare Play?

By ElodieMarch 31, 2016
Guys, I want a Shakespearean death scene. In all likelihood, I’m going to die as I lived—in bed, watching Netflix, pantsless and covered in Dorito crumbs as my icy black wraith-heart finally gives out—and I’ve come to terms with that. But in the lyrical netherworld of... More  →
How Would You Die in a Shakespeare Play?

Jane Austen Suitors, Ranked According to Dateablity

By Emma W.March 30, 2016

Jane Austen's books are filled with some eligible and some seemingly eligible bachelors, who end up happily, or at least adequately, married by each novel's end. I've ranked the men below, in order from best (honorable, loving, intelligent) to worst (a few are downright... More  →

Jane Austen Suitors, Ranked According to Dateablity

The 50 Most Hermione Granger Things That Hermione Has Ever Done

By ElodieMarch 30, 2016
Have you ever wanted to embody the work ethic of Hermione Granger, but you can’t because she is a demigod and you’re just a person? Perfect. We’re on the same page. We'll never be able to best her in a battle of wits, a battle... More  →
The 50 Most Hermione Granger Things That Hermione Has Ever Done

The Horcrux Test

By Janet ManleyMarch 28, 2016
"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