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Back to School With Shakespeare

By Kurt HarrogateSeptember 29, 2016
If the 2001 movie O—an adaptation of Othello set at an elite boarding school and starring a whole slew of early-aughts heartthrobs (Julia Stiles! Mekhi Phifer! Josh Harnett! ANDREW KEEGAN!!!)—taught us anything, it's that Shakespearean tragedies don't tend to respond quite as well as comedies to the high... More  →
Back to School With Shakespeare

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,... More  →
Blogging <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>: Part 5 (In Which Holden Admits He Loves Frozen Daiquiris)

Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Part 5 (Chapters 9-10)

By Emily BrownSeptember 28, 2016
Previously in Blogging The Scarlet Letter, Hester got invited to a devil party and Dimmesdale was Captain Obvious. Find every installment here! Chapter 9: The Leech* Brace yourselves: there is no dialogue in this chapter. Roger Chillingworth, if you'll remember from last time, is bearing a greater semblance... More  →
Blogging <i>The Scarlet Letter</i>: Part 5 (Chapters 9-10)

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Author Ransom Riggs on Why You Need to Print Your Instagrams Out

By Janet ManleySeptember 28, 2016
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is something of a school for the gifted and talented, if your particular aptitude is, say, creating fire out of thin air, being invisible, or having a stomach full of bees (same). Like the Xavier Institute, the students at Miss Peregrine's... More  →
<i>Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children</i> Author Ransom Riggs on Why You Need to Print Your Instagrams Out

8 Books That Actually SHOULD Be Banned

By ElodieSeptember 27, 2016
Generally, I think we should be reading everything all the time, and it’s ridiculous to me that schools have banned books for reasons like "it uses swear words" or "it’s too sexy" or "it has boys who kiss other boys on the mouth." Like who's actually... More  →
8 Books That Actually SHOULD Be Banned

Blogging Moby-Dick Part 3: The Part Where Things Actually Happen

By Elaine AtwellSeptember 27, 2016
Blughoy! (That's "ahoy" when filtered through a mouthful of salt water.) Welcome back to the third and final installment of Moby Richard, the book that's surprisingly easy to condense if you just leave out all the incorrect science and racism. So far, we've discussed the book's characters,... More  →
Blogging <i>Moby-Dick</i> Part 3: The Part Where Things Actually Happen

The Dyslexic Student's Survival Guide

By Paulina BasSeptember 27, 2016
High school is tough even in the best of times (like when it's cheese fry day). But when you're struggling with dyslexia, sometimes getting through the day can feel so daunting that no amount of artificial dairy could give you relief. Luckily, there are things you can do to More  →
The Dyslexic Student's Survival Guide

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: November 21, 1972

By Nicole DiekerSeptember 26, 2016

One of my second-year students asked me today how a person becomes an Animagus. I like to amuse my first-year students, on the first day of class, by entering the room as a cat and only revealing myself to be their Transfiguration professor

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From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: November 21, 1972

Blogging The Scarlet Letter: Part 4 (Chapters 7-8)

By Emily BrownSeptember 26, 2016
Previously in Blogging The Scarlet Letter, Hester and Pearl were released from prison. Besides having no friends, they're doing alright for themselves. Find every installment here! Chapter 7: The Governor's Hall Hester is making a trip to Governor Bellingham's mansion for a few reasons: She has to deliver... More  →
Blogging <i>The Scarlet Letter</i>: Part 4 (Chapters 7-8)

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

By Emma W.September 23, 2016
Last timewe 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... More  →
Blogging <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>: Part 4 (In Which Crumby Stuff Gets Crumbier)