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Bill Clinton’s 21 Favorite Books

Although I’m not a big fan of politicians, I’ve always kinda, sorta liked Bill Clinton.

He’s always seemed like an approachable guy who would be easy to talk to, play a round a golf with, and drink a pint at a bar.

Not that this is any surprise, but he’s well read too, which makes him even more likeable. He’s a smart dude.

In 2003, CBS listed Clinton’s 21 favorite books—all on display at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. The list is interesting and diverse: Read more

7 Bad Dating Tips From Literature

When I was single, I hated dating—which is probably why I didn’t do much of it. There are so many unspoken rules, and girls play games, and it’s enough to make you want to become a celibate monk. Okay, it’s not quite that bad.

Fortunately, I was lucky enough to find the right girl, and the rest is history.

But even though my “game” probably sucked, I knew some common rules of dating. I mean, the really, really basic do’s and don’ts.

The same can’t be said for some of these characters from literature. These guys and girls really knew how to screw up some relationships.

Here’s the type of advice they might give you based on their stories. Read more

Don’t Leave Your Love Note In This English Class

This English teacher is a winner at life.

Some love-stricken student left a love note in his English class. So he took the opportunity to correct said student’s grammar within said love note.

The results were frickin’ hilarious.

Well played, Steven Wedel from Oklahoma City. You’re awesome.  Read more

Next Up: The Confessions Of Nat Turner

I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction, but this one looks pretty good.

The Confessions of Nat Turner, written by William Styron, is historical fiction in a sense. The novel recounts the first-person narrative of Nat Turner, who led a slave revolt in Virginia in 1831.

Here are a few quick facts about The Confessions of Nat Turner and William Styron: Read more

Book #74: Appointment in Samarra

“If you want to read a book by a man who knows exactly what he is writing about and has written it marvelously well, read Appointment in Samarra.” -Ernest Hemingway

That’s pretty high praise from Papa.

And having completed Appointment in Samarra, I must agree. This is a fabulous novel.

I’ve heard Appointment in Samarra called a “Poor Man’s Gatsby,” and I believe that’s a perfect description. Read more

What’s Your Signature Word?

Matthew Malady wrote an interesting column for Slate last week about “signature words.” He says a signature word is basically a word we unknowingly use often in order to make ourselves appear smarter than we are.

He explains his word of choice as “iteration.” Read more

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

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