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13 College Football Teams Reimagined As Famous Authors

Earlier this year before the Super Bowl, I made a list that reimagined all 32 NFL teams as favorite authors. That was fun.

With college football season now underway, I thought it would be a great time to do the same thing with college teams. The catch here is that Division 1-A college football has 126 teams, so I won’t be listing all of them.

Instead, I chose to list some of the more prominent teams with an associated famous author. Keep in mind, I’m an SEC guy, so I might lean a little that way.

Here we go: Read more

Say Hello To Pottsville

Ever heard of Pottsville, Pennsylvania?

Until last week, the answer to that question, for me, was a firm “no.”

Pottsville is the hometown of author John O’Hara, who wrote Appointment in Samarra. In the literary community, O’Hara is either loved or scorned (but mostly scorned) for being a brutal self-promoter. Though he’s widely disliked, his novels are impressive and played a major part in making him famous.

So when a famous author is from small town USA, you might think he might be the reason said town gets “put on the map.” But, in this case, you’d be wrong.

In fact, John O’Hara might only be the third most famous thing to ever come out of Pottsville. What are the two others? Read more

Place “Only” Anywhere In This Sentence

English is a wacky language.

Just ask my 4 year old, who recently corrected me for saying that he “bought lunch.” He said, “No Daddy, I buyeded lunch.” You’re right son, you buyeded that pizza.

Anyway, English has a lot of strange quirks. Here’s one.  

Place an emphasis on the only, and share this magic trick with your friends. Read more

Meet One Of The Saddest Couples In Literature

I’ve got to admit that I really like Appointment in Samarra.

Knowing very little about the novel before I started, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoy O’Hara’s writing style, as well as the story.

If you enjoy a novel based on what’s essentially small-town gossip among a bunch of country clubbers, then you’ll probably appreciate Appointment in Samarra.

Here’s how O’Hara describes how his main character, Julian English, met his wife. Read more

Previewing The Next 5 Novels

Last week I posted the list of books that I still have to read from the Time list—27 in all.

As I’m getting close to wrapping up Appointment in Samarra (it’s going by so quickly!), I thought I’d share with you guys the next five novels I’ve selected to read.

So here they are, in no particular order: Read more

Literary Fun With Google Translate, Part 1

I titled this post with a “part one”—which implies there will be a “part two”—but I honestly don’t know. I guess we’ll see how this goes over.

Here’s the deal. This is an idea I completely stole from Garnet and Black, a blog devoted to the University of South Carolina football. They take coach Steve Spurrier’s press conference quotes, then throw them through a Google Translate ringer, basically translating his quotes through five or six different languages, then back translating to English. The results are pretty funny.

So I thought we’d try the same with famous literary passages. Why not? Read more

On September 11 And The “Why” Behind Tragedy

Today is September 11.

If you don’t live in America, today might not be that big a deal to you. It’s just another Thursday.

But, for us, today marks the 13th anniversary of one of the saddest moments in our country’s history. That being the terrorist attacks on the twin towers in New York City.

Everybody here has their “where were you when it happened?” story. Mine was simply this: Read more


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