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From Classics to Graphics: 6 Literary Masterpieces Turned Into Graphic Novels

Abridging classic novels for younger readers is nothing new. But in recent years, classic literature has been graphic novel-ized, making it more accessible for readers young and old while preserving the plot, themes, and sometimes even the author’s voice. English class will never be the same, thanks to these classics gone graphic. 1. The Picture of [...]

We’re on Pinterest!

If you haven’t yet heard of Pinterest, it’s a relatively new site that acts as a virtual pinboard, with an emphasis on the visual. People use it to save recipes, create inspiration boards, make wish/gift lists, plan for weddings, and more. Because we enjoy wandering blindly into these social networks and figuring it out as [...]

Book-A-Minute

Are CliffsNotes (well, it ws Cliff’s Notes when I was in school) still too long for you? Then you need this: RinkWorks’ Book-A-Minute website where you can catch up on all the classic literature [...]

Jane Austen’s Unfinished Manuscript for Sale

In July, Sotheby’s of London will auction off the only handwritten Jane Austen manuscript in private hands. It’s the unfinished novel The Watsons, which some say Austen might have completed if it weren’t so close to her own family life. The Watsons manuscript shows how Austen’s other manuscripts must have looked. It also shines an interesting [...]

The Quick 10: Pam Anderson: Literary Genius (and Nine Other Celeb Authors)

It seems like once you’re a celebrity, you can pursue any venture you want to whether you have the talent for it or not (Lauren Conrad, anyone?). But there are a few stars out there who really are multi-talented. There are a few of those on this list… and a few of the former. 1. [...]

What 10 Classic Books Were Almost Called

Remember when your high school summer reading list included Atticus, Fiesta, and The Last Man in Europe? You will once you see what these books were renamed before they hit bookshelves. 1. F. Scott Fitzgerald went through quite a few titles for his most well-known book before deciding on The Great Gatsby. If he hadn’t [...]

100 Best First Lines from Novels

American Book Review posted what it considers to be the 100 best first lines from novels – see if you agree: 1. Call me Ishmael. —Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851) 2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. —Jane Austen, Pride and [...]

Dietribes: Summer Sangria

• In reference to its base of red wine, the word sangria means “bloody.” Despite its eerily evocative etymology, Sangria is considered a friendly and socially-inclined drink (perhaps too friendly, to those who have had too much of it!) • Today its popularity expands beyond the drink itself and gives its name to nail polish, [...]