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10 Things Mark Twain Didn’t Really Say

As Google reminded us this morning with this nifty Tom Sawyer Doodle, today is Mark Twain’s 176th birthday! The man who provided us with some of the best quips ever is also one of the most misquoted men of all time. Here are 10 quotes Mark Twain likely never uttered, despite popular belief. 1. “The secret [...]

14 Literary Settings Inspired by Real Places

At the end of a good book, don’t you just sometimes close the back cover, sigh, and think, “I wish I could be there.” Good news: in some cases, you can. While you’re probably never going to make it to Narnia or Hogwarts (I know – I’m disappointed, too) here are a handful of “fictional” [...]

The Late Movies: Isolated Music

In Aristotle’s work Metaphysics, he postulated that “The whole is different from the sum of its parts.” Tonight for the Late Movies, we’re applying that concept to a few classic rock songs. Using certain audio programs, it is possible to isolate specific elements of a song (drums, guitar, bass, piano and vocals). What we’re left [...]

Huckleberry Finn to be Published Without the N-Word

Huckleberry Finn, the American classic written by Mark Twain and staple of high school English class everywhere, has always been controversial for its use of the “N-word.” (I mean, I even remember my own high school English class debate on the appropriateness of using such word – as I’m sure every class before and after [...]

The Quick 10: The Almost-Titles of 10 More Books

There are so many books that have been retitled (usually with much better names), I couldn’t just stop at the 10-10-10 list. Here are 10 more books who were almost called something else – you have to wonder if a different title might have changed their level of popularity. 1. Animal Farm was first published [...]

13 Examples of Literature in Song

It’s no real surprise that Wikipedia has a thorough list of these, but it’s interesting to parse through the many, and find a neat collection of songs and albums that were based on, or influenced by books. Led Zeppelin has a scatological lyric library referencing JRR Tolkien, but let’s see what else is out there. 13. Alan Parson’s [...]

Friday Happy Hour: Recasting Your Childhood

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. Let’s pretend you were granted the power to go back and alter your childhood in one important respect—the [...]