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Auntie SparkNotes: I'm Crushing on My Homophobe Friend

By kat_rosenfieldApril 17, 2017
Dear Auntie, First and foremost, I'm gay. Super gay. As gay as it gets. I've known that I like girls since the tender age of eight, and I've acted on it since the (slightly less) tender age of twelve. Recently, I've developed an enormous crush on... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I'm Crushing on My Homophobe Friend

6 Shakespearean Prom Themes Your School Should Definitely Think About Using

By ElodieApril 17, 2017
When it comes to prom, most schools do a casino theme, or a Hollywood theme, or some other third theme. If your school wants to break the mold, have them give these Shakespearean themes a try. Just remember: if nobody dies by the end of the... More  →
6 Shakespearean Prom Themes Your School Should Definitely Think About Using

The 7 Most WTF Moments in Classic Literature

By ElodieApril 17, 2017
"Being really old and vaguely important" is pretty much the defining trait of all classic literature. This combined with the fact that your teacher is forcing you to read it under threat of suffering or death (or just a zero on Friday’s quiz, whatever) means that studying More  →
The 7 Most WTF Moments in Classic Literature

The Top 25 Worst College Essay Topics

By Jon_SkindzierApril 17, 2017
If getting into college is like applying for a job, and your grades are like your resume, then your college essay is like your cover letter—it showcases your personality, and it should not say anything about going to the bathroom, not ever. Here are some... More  →
The Top 25 Worst College Essay Topics

Auntie SparkNotes: Is It Wrong to Write Cross-Culturally?

By kat_rosenfieldApril 14, 2017
Hello, Auntie! I am an aspiring author who has been writing for forever. I am also a half-white, half-Hispanic girl (who passes as white) who loves world history and international cultures, and I want to travel the world someday. Thus, some of my stories take place... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Is It Wrong to Write Cross-Culturally?

QUIZ: Is This a Taylor Swift Lyric or a John Green Quote?

By ElodieApril 14, 2017
The Venn diagram of words that could be Taylor Swift lyrics and words that could be John Green quotes... is a circle. ... More  →
QUIZ: Is This a Taylor Swift Lyric or a John Green Quote?

Great American Novels as Told by John Mayer

By Janet ManleyApril 14, 2017
If I had to sum up the American literature tradition, I would probably do so as follows:A man stands against an outsized landscape, symbolizing the cult of the individual something something.And who embodies this better than fallible everyman poet John Mayer, man in a cowboy More  →
Great American Novels as Told by John Mayer

Never-Before-Seen Pix of the Marauders at Hogwarts

By Lila SelleApril 14, 2017
Today, you can consider us your own personal Mirror of Erised, because we enlisted the help of the incomparable Lila Selle to bring you never-before-seen pix of Padfoot, Prongs, Moony, and the OG ginger, Lily Evans, back when they were young and carefree and SIRIUS HAD A MAN More  →
Never-Before-Seen Pix of the Marauders at Hogwarts