Banned Books

August 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

We just wanted to give a shoutout to this young girl who is brave enough to run a banned book library from a school locker.  You go girl.


Hearst Castle

August 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

There are only a few more days before classes start again, but we still find ourselves desperate for summer to continue.  We find ourselves enjoying summer vacation photos, like this lovely set on Hearst Castle.  Hearst Castle, also known as the Enchanted Hill, was built by William Randolph Hearst, one of the pioneers of yellow journalism and the founder of what is today called Hearst Publications.

A Midsummer’s Night’s Emma

August 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

As literary nerds, we love to read academic essays.  (School is almost upon us and our brains have turned to applesauce.  We have to impress our English teacher.)  Today we are reading an essay comparing the lovers from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream to Jane Austen’s Emma.  Then, because that is not enough to win us over, they also discuss the historical context of the riddles in the latter work.


Getting Published in the New Yorker

August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Our love of comics and creative writing continues with this great essay on trying to get one’s comic published in The New Yorker.  The article also features some great comics.

Speaking Latin

August 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

There is nothing too pretentious for us.  If you think we are kidding, you should know we want to spend our next summer like this guy, speaking Latin to others like us, even if we have to do it in Wisconsin and not Rome.  We already love to read poetry and prose and comment on them (Suetonius!  So awesomely trashy!) , so doing so in Latin sounds good.  We already like hip hop, so we are down with using it to understand Alcaic meter.

And seriously, how cool is it that pizza in Latin is placenta?  Or that popcorn is maizae grana tosta?

Best Elephant Ever

August 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

This being our summer of loving photography, we wanted to show you, our lovely readers, this cool picture of a robotic-looking elephant that I Love Old Magazines posted.  Someone needs to make an old-school black and white movie of this monster.

Seeing the Italian Alps

August 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Erin, our fearless founder, is a great creative nonfiction writer, which is why we occasionally feature short pieces about people talking up their personal experiences.  Here, a writer discusses traveling to the Italian Alps to meet Mary de Rachewilz, Ezra Pound’s daughter.  There is so much in this piece we are jealous of.  First, we would love to take a trip to the Alps.  And we would love for the chance to hang out in a castle (where Rachewilz’s lives and where Pound wrote some of his last Cantos and thus became the site of the Ezra Pound Center for Literature.)  And then there are all the creature comforts of the place: long hikes on the Alpine trail, sleeping in haylofts, eating a special type of local strawberry, thinning out a vegetable garden.

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