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How to Eat Like Your Favorite Authors

  You’ve probably read more than once about how your favorite authors drank -and how to recreate their favorite beverages. But what about their favorite meals? Flavorwire has a literary collection of recipes such as Ernest Hemingway’s pan fried trout, Vladimir Nabokov’s Eggs à la Nabocoque, and Allen Ginsberg’s Cold Summer Borscht. There are ten authors [...]

10 Famous Literary Characters Based on Real People

“Write what you know,” they say. So it makes sense that many authors take a good look around at friends and family when creating characters for their books. 1. Mark Twain once admitted that he wasn’t terribly creative in creating Huckleberry Finn – he based the character almost precisely on his childhood friend Tom Blankenship. From [...]

Meet the Beats

The following article is from the book Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. The Beats were America’s first hipsters. But what were they, like, really about, man? THE OTHER SIDE OF AMERICA One night in 1948, two students at new York’s Columbia University, John Clellon Holmes and Jack Kerouac, were hanging out talking about what they thought was [...]

The Late Movies: 9 Low-Budget “Classic Alternative” Music Videos

I grew up watching 120 Minutes, an MTV show that aired starting at midnight on Sunday night. This made waking up for school on Monday morning hard, but at least I got to catch the newest “alternative” videos (The Cure, The Replacements, The Breeders, that sort of thing) which rarely aired in the normal MTV [...]