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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... More  →
Great American Novels as Told by John Mayer

The 12 Best and Worst Leaders in Fiction

By kat_rosenfieldApril 7, 2017
This post was originally published in November 2016   Our favorite works of fiction have no shortage of examples on both sides of the... More  →
The 12 Best and Worst Leaders in Fiction

How Every Fictional Character Deals With Stress

By Elaine AtwellMarch 15, 2017
There's no denying that we live in stressful times, only compounded by the constant stream of information coming to us through our... More  →
How Every Fictional Character Deals With Stress

First Lines of Classic Novels As Tumblr Posts

By Ana RuizDecember 19, 2016
There's something about quoting famous lines that gives you a sparkling aura of intellectuality and learnedness. It's why Pudge's memorizing of dying... More  →
First Lines of Classic Novels As Tumblr Posts

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... More  →
Blogging <i>Moby-Dick</i> Part 3: The Part Where Things Actually Happen

Blogging Moby Dick, Part 1: Or, Moby Richard

By Elaine AtwellAugust 23, 2016
Ahoy!   Let us be clear: unlike some of the books my illustrious colleagues have blogged you through, you will... More  →
Blogging <i>Moby Dick</i>, Part 1: Or, Moby Richard

Classic Lit: Mansplained!

By Jessie GaynorJune 8, 2016
Actually, intros are the lowest form of art. Stendhal said that. Are you familiar with Stendhal?   Moby Dick Have you heard of Infinite Jest? It's... More  →
Classic Lit: Mansplained!

Everything Classic Lit Taught Me About #Adulting

By Maura Barry-GarlandJune 8, 2016
Adulting is the art of tackling your responsibilities head-on, like you are Hulk Hogan and your responsibilities are some other... More  →
Everything Classic Lit Taught Me About #Adulting

A Complete "Who Dies At the End" Guide for English Lit

By Nicole DiekerSeptember 14, 2015
SparkNotes was born out the fires of English-final panic-fury, but it has soared on the wings of real, true book love. Day... More  →
A Complete "Who Dies At the End" Guide for English Lit