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Nine Phrases You Should Never Use In a College Essay

By Kelly HoffmacherJanuary 19, 2017
Little things count for a lot in your college essay. You only get about 500 words to knock the socks off an admissions officer, so you can't afford to waste any of them. Certain words and figures of speech can seriously dilute your command of... More  →
Nine Phrases You Should Never Use In a College Essay

Blogging Hamlet: Part 4

By ElodieJanuary 19, 2017
I have a question about Hamlet, one that has plagued me for years, and until I know the answer I will never know peace. I’m hoping you guys can help. There’s a simple solution, I’m sure, and probably I’m just too dumb to know what... More  →
Blogging <em>Hamlet</em>: Part 4

Romantic Rivalries Part DEUX

By Tyler FederJanuary 18, 2017
As a follow-up to her hilarious Romantic Rivalries slideshow, the ridiculously talented Tyler Feder chose six more sets of fictional characters who are pitted against each other in the desperate quest to win the heart of the one they love (RUN-ON SENTENCE FTW). Click through More  →
Romantic Rivalries Part DEUX

5 Changes Netflix Made to A Series of Unfortunate Events (and Why I'm Okay with Each of Them)

By ElodieJanuary 17, 2017
Yesterday I stubbed my toe, lost my wallet, and had my car towed, and I still had a better day than you because I also watched every single episode of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. Guys, I would not lie to you about... More  →
5 Changes Netflix Made to <em>A Series of Unfortunate Events</em> (and Why I'm Okay with Each of Them)

If Fictional Characters Could Text...

By ElodieJanuary 16, 2017
Gone are the days of messenger pigeons, smoke signals, telepathy, and actually talking with our mouths. If you're going to bother calling somebody on the phone, you'd better be a) willing to suffer though a lot of excrutiatingly awkward silences, or b) actually, literally o More  →
If Fictional Characters Could Text...

Better Names for All the Poems You'll Have to Read in English Class

By ElodieJanuary 12, 2017
Have you ever read a poem before? I’m guessing you have. If you liked it, good news: there’s plenty more where that came from! If you hated it, well, I’ve got some good news for you too: as soon as you finish school, you’ll never... More  →
Better Names for All the Poems You'll Have to Read in English Class

How Would You Die in a Shakespeare Play?

By ElodieJanuary 11, 2017
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?

Rubyetc's New Book of Honest Mental Health Drawings Is a MUST-READ

By SparkNotesJanuary 11, 2017
One of our SparkNotes editors (not saying names, but Emily) first discovered Rubyetc while dining on a midnight snack of a sleeve of Oreos and seltzer as she infinite-scrolled down her Tumblr feed until the break of day. She describes the moment she first saw one of Ruby's illustrations as an awakening. Exhibit... More  →
Rubyetc's New Book of Honest Mental Health Drawings Is a MUST-READ

Blogging Hamlet: Part 3

By ElodieJanuary 11, 2017
Previously on Blogging Hamlet, Hamlet was weird, but Polonius was weirder. In case you thought Hamlet wasn’t hilarious, Shakespeare threw in THIS gem of a scene, and I respect you guys too much to force you to wait while I type up some sort of compulsory... More  →
Blogging <em>Hamlet</em>: Part 3

These Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them Illos Are Simply MAGICAL

By Lila SelleJanuary 11, 2017
As you surely know by now, we're lowkey obsessed with FBAWTFT (or as we pronounce the acronym, "fuh-baw-tuh-fut." IT ROLLS OFF THE TONGUE). We even went to so far as to rank the characters by their hair (it would have been a crime not to, considering that Newt Scamander's ra More  →
These <i>Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them</i> Illos Are Simply MAGICAL