“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 BloggingTo Kill a Mockingbirdhere!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... More →
It's hard out there for young lovers. If it's not your parents trying to keep you apart (because of ancient blood breaking to new mutiny, most likely), it's terminal illness. Or terminal whimsy. More often, though, it's just good old-fashioned terminal mismatch. It happens More →
Now that your Harry Potter tattoo is taken care of (we got a thigh-high unicorn to match Professor McGonagall), we're bringing you tat ideas inspired by your fave literary classics. We suggest slide 10 if you're feeling particularly star-crossed, and slide 3 if you just w More →
The physically and mentally ill generally get treated like garbage in classic literature, and no one gets a worse deal than women accused of madness. At one point, the default medical opinion was that all women were insane by nature. (COME ON.) Here are 7 women... More →
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,... 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 BloggingTo Kill a Mockingbirdhere!
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,... More →