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What Does the Foreshadowing in Your Life Say About You?

By ElodieMay 20, 2016
Have you ever found yourself facing various portents of doom—inexplicable fog, ominous church bells, a couple of hellhounds—and wondered what it all meant? I know I certainly have. I’ve actually had my destruction foretold by no less than twelve different soothsayers—and now you... More  →
What Does the Foreshadowing in Your Life Say About You?

Open Thread for May 20!

By SparkLifeMay 20, 2016
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Open Thread for May 20!

What Do You Wish People Understood About Your Gender?

By SparkLifeMay 19, 2016
It's a (troublingly) recent phenomenon that trans* and non-binary identities have been spotlighted by mainstream media in a way that promotes social equality for these identities. While this is certainly a giant leap in the right direction, we have a long way to go before the spectrums... More  →
What Do You Wish People Understood About Your Gender?

Real Talk: I'm a Serial Monogamist

By Kelly HoffmacherMay 19, 2016
I like having a boyfriend. I prefer being in a relationship over being single. I don’t like casual hook-ups. And I didn’t think anything was wrong with this until I had a breakdown in my late 20’s. What is a “serial monogamist?” I think the definition... More  →
Real Talk: I'm a Serial Monogamist

What is Free Verse?

By Emma W.May 19, 2016
If you missed our previous Poetry 101s, check them out here! FREE VERSE! I can picture it in block letters on handmade signs held up by politically-conscious protestors eager to "free verse" from the formal constraints of metrical patterns and rhyme schemes, in the... More  →
What is Free Verse?

We Tried Playing an Electric Kazoo and It May Have Changed Our Lives

By Josh PeriloMay 19, 2016
We anticipate a surge of high school students across the country petitioning their local high schools to let them play electric kazoo in marching band once they see this video. Josh and Reid not only play the electric kazoo, they take you on an electric... More  →
We Tried Playing an Electric Kazoo and It May Have Changed Our Lives

Feminist Posters for Every Hogwarts House

By Louise ReimerMay 19, 2016
As much as we love JK Rowling and the blessings of this gif forever more, the world of Harry Potter isn't without the patriarchal trappings of Muggle society.* Still, two of the House founders are women (Helga Hufflepuff! Rowena Ravenclaw!), and JK herself is something More  →
Feminist Posters for Every Hogwarts House

We Would Read These Literary Spin-Offs

By Kalina CiokMay 19, 2016
Publishers are always looking to squeeze some extra juice out of a successful book by cranking out a spin-off. Wherefore did Four: A Divergent Story Collection appear in our lives, if not for the nerve-wracked publishing executive sitting in their office screaming, "We are running out of Theo... More  →
We Would Read These Literary Spin-Offs

Open Thread for May 19!

By SparkLifeMay 19, 2016
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Open Thread for May 19!

Auntie SparkNotes: My Mom Made Me Move Out Because I'm Gay

By kat_rosenfieldMay 18, 2016
Auntie SparkNotes, I'm 23 years old and have been seeing another woman for over a year now. I'm really happy and finally feel like I'm in a healthy relationship. There's just one person I wish was okay with that: my mom. For background, I've only ever... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: My Mom Made Me Move Out Because I'm Gay