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The Saddest Fictional Sacrifices of All Time

By Vitoria BasJanuary 20, 2017
The self-sacrifice is an essential plot-point in so much of fiction. It can be redemptive ("Look...at...me..."), allegorical (when in doubt, safe to assume Christianity), or the ultimate Edible Arrangement (say it with sacrifice)!  Which category do each of our 10 saddest More  →
The Saddest Fictional Sacrifices of All Time

Ginny Weasley Is Not as Great as You Remember

By Vitoria BasJanuary 20, 2017
We’ve all fallen for the irresistible charm of Ginny Weasley. To borrow a chant: she’s pretty, she’s cool, she dominates [that] school! She’s almost too good to be true, which is actually my number one complaint about her characterization. HOT TAKE: Ginny is not actually that great. Let me break it... More  →
Ginny Weasley Is Not as Great as You Remember

Literary Dystopias, Ranked by How Likely You'd Be to Survive Them

By ElodieJanuary 20, 2017
As long as literature has existed, people have been writing books about what would happen if our world was pretty much the same except worse. More often than not there was a war, and then everything changed, and the time to fight back is now. Also, the government is watching More  →
Literary Dystopias, Ranked by How Likely You'd Be to Survive Them

Dating With Science: Guys Prefer Compatibility To Hotness

By Jon_SkindzierJanuary 20, 2017
Science Fact: Men think they value attractiveness over other positive traits, but personality is more important to them than they realize. Explanation: It often seems like physical attractiveness is the most important thing in the world. Already-beautiful women can only More  →
Dating With Science: Guys Prefer Compatibility To Hotness

Instagram Dispatches from Hogwarts

By Vitoria BasJanuary 19, 2017
We've already explored the small tragedy of the wizarding world: in exchange for MAGIC(K), wizards and witches give up the chance to share every moment of their lives with everyone they've ever met. Hashtags to hashtags, dust to dust. We dream of a world in which Hogwarts More  →
Instagram Dispatches from Hogwarts

From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: August 3, 1980

By Nicole DiekerJanuary 19, 2017
Dear Diary, I got to meet baby Neville today. The Longbottoms have taken him home from the hospital, and Alice invited me to visit. I’d forgotten how perfect a new baby can be; they’re entirely themselves, experiencing life for the first time, being passed from one loving... More  →
From the Diaries of Minerva McGonagall: August 3, 1980

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