Ten books they should teach in high school (instead of the ones they do)

It’s kind of amazing that I became an English major considering how many books we had to read in high school that were either A) terrible, B) badly taught, or C) both. These are some ideas that I think would have been much more effective and enjoyable in high school. Maybe some of you were…

Weekly Wrap-up: March 4

COOL LINKS AND ARTICLES FROM THE WEEK These beautiful pieces appeared on Penguin Classics’ twitter feed and lots of nerds (like me) begin having nerdy arguments about which play they represented. See the comments on the left and feel free to weigh in. Outlandish Lit is hosting a Weirdathon. It’s going to be…odd. It’s the…

GIVEAWAY: THE BOOKMAN’S TALE by Charlie Lovett

Hello Dear Readers! I have a great giveaway for you.  Just leave a comment and be entered to win this new book.  I just started reading it myself and am enjoying it quite at bit.   Description: Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death…

REVIEW: HOW SHAKESPEARE CHANGED EVERYTHING by Stephen Marche

This is the perfect little handbook for the English major, or literary wit in your life.  Simple and compact, it is a compilation of interesting facts surrounding the myth and mystery of William Shakespeare.  Author Stephen Marche notes that when he embarked on his PhD dissertation, “I chose Shakespeare because I thought he would never…

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