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What It's Like to Live In...Tourist-Town, North Carolina

By ContributorApril 16, 2010
This deadpan post is one of our all-time favorites. Thanks, jgrudzy! —SparkNotes editors I live in a small town (officially we are a city, but I still think that was a joke made by someone with an awful sense of humor) right on the... More  →
What It's Like to Live In...Tourist-Town, North Carolina

College Rejection Revenge Letters: A Big No No, with Pineapples!

By Katie_RolnickApril 16, 2010
You've heard back from all the colleges you applied to...except one. And it's the one. Then, finally, you come home and see an envelope on the kitchen table. "Oh no," you think. "It's a regular envelope, not a big package." You tear the letter... More  →
College Rejection Revenge Letters: A Big No No, with Pineapples!

Hanging Out with Jazzy: Fix Your Heart with Sticky Tape

By ContributorApril 16, 2010

We love Jazzy, aka villanous_mwaha, but she's evil. As an April Fool's prank earlier this month, she told us she'd lost enthusiasm for SL and was quitting her column. We totally got punk'd. *sigh* Enjoy her column, and her artwork! —SparkNotes editors

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Hanging Out with Jazzy: Fix Your Heart with Sticky Tape

Open Thread for April 16

By Emily WinterApril 16, 2010
ItsRainingJellybeans sent us this pic of her cute dog, who looks a little forlorn. But with a name like Iggy, how could you possibly be upset?! Send a pic of something YOU love to contribute@sparknotes.com so we can feature it in an... More  →
Open Thread for April 16

Introducing the SparkNotes Movie Club

By Dan_BergsteinApril 15, 2010
Welcome, film buffs. We’re rolling out our brand spanking new Movie Club this week, and you’re invited. This will be the most amazing thing that has ever happened to the world. Better than ice cream. Better than roller coasters. Even better than frogs! Here’s how it... More  →
Introducing the SparkNotes Movie Club

Blogging Eclipse: Part 21

By Dan_BergsteinApril 15, 2010
Chapter Twenty-One: Trails Better Title: Almost a Good Chapter Maybe it's the warmer weather or the longer days, but I actually liked this chapter. No. Strike that. Like is too strong a word. I less-hated this chapter. (I feel the same way diet pudding and Jurassic Park... More  →
Blogging Eclipse: Part 21

Self-Diagnosing With the Magic of the Internet

By Kathryn_WilliamsApril 15, 2010
When your SparkEds and SparkWriters were young (you know we're all 63, right? Just kidding—we're actually 200-year-old teenage vampires), self-diagnosing an illness meant showing it to your best friend, who declared it cooties, or your mom, whose catch-all diagnosis was "allergies." One way... More  →
Self-Diagnosing With the Magic of the Internet

Surprise: Fire Drill!

By Katie_RolnickApril 15, 2010
It's no secret that school can be monotonous. Monday through Friday, day in and day out, you follow the same schedule and talk to the same people. Your school life is like the movie "Groundhog Day." But there's one thing... More  →
Surprise: Fire Drill!

Why Does Friar Lawrence Have a Date Rape Drug?: Puzzling Questions About the Classics

By ContributorApril 15, 2010
FadingRose has some interesting questions about the classics. Personally, we've always wondered why Hester didn't just tell everyone what a weenie Dimmesdale is. —SparkNotes editors We all have to read Shakespeare, Homer, and the other big guys. And while we love and appreciate these... More  →
Why Does Friar Lawrence Have a Date Rape Drug?: Puzzling Questions About the Classics

Humpty Dumpty Was an Emo Poser (and Other Lessons from Nursery Rhymes)

By kat_rosenfieldApril 15, 2010
When we were wee, young and impressionable, our parents used to tell us traditional children's stories—the same stories, no doubt, that you heard from your own parents growing up. Lighthearted tales full of heroics, brief tragedies, and whimsical rhymes, these stories have been bedtime toddler-fodder... More  →
Humpty Dumpty Was an Emo Poser (and Other Lessons from Nursery Rhymes)