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Salman Rushdie “Raps” To Drake’s Lyrics

Let me be honest: I think Drake’s music sucks.

He raps like he just woke up from a four-hour nap.

But when I saw that 68-year-old author Salman Rushdie recited some of Drake’s lyrics, well, I had to click and watch.

What is so funny about old white dudes quoting rap lyrics?  Read more

McDonald’s Is Doing Something Right

I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s in 10 years–ever since I watched the Super Size Me documentary.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those pretentious anti-fast food people who look down their nose at you for ordering some french fries. I’m still fond of Chick Fil-A and, occasionally, Wendy’s and Sonic. But McDonald’s just ain’t my thing.

That said, I’m excited to see what U.K.-based McDonald’s are doing. They’re giving away a Roald Dahl book with each Happy Meal. Eight of Dahl’s stories will be featured, with extracts from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Magical Mischief, George’s Marvelous Medicine, and Matilda.  Read more

This Harry Potter Fact Will Make You Feel Old

<——– J.K. Rowling tweeted that little bit of news yesterday.

I know, like, Harry Potter doesn’t actually exist and all, but chew on that little bit of news.

His oldest son, James Potter, would be starting at Hogwarts yesterday.

I’m at the point in my life where I deal with these revelations of time everyday. A few months ago, I realized that this year’s high school graduation class wasn’t even alive when I graduated high school. That’s old.

And, now, Harry Potter’s son is off to Hogwarts?

What’s next–Han Solo as an old man? Don’t answer that.


That Time Kramer Met Salman Rushdie

Seinfeld was a fabulous show.

One of the many reasons to love the show is its inclusion of relatively obscure literary references. You might remember I did a post awhile back about the episode in which George discover’s that his fiance, Susan, is the recipient of John Cheever’s famous love letters. Who saw that coming? Read more

Here’s What Dyslexia Feels Like

Daniel Britton is a graphic designer who has battled dyslexia all of his life.

To raise awareness for others who suffer with the learning disability (one in five people), Britton created a font that emulates what it’s like to be dyslexic.

“What this typeface does is break down the reading time of a non-dyslexic down to the speed of a dyslexic. I wanted to make non-dyslexic people understand what it is like to read with the condition and to recreate the frustration and embarrassment of reading everyday text.”

Here’s another example: Read more

This Bookstore Is Offering Refunds For Go Set A Watchman

If you dislike the new Harper Lee novel, Go Set A Watchman, and you happened to purchase the novel from Brilliant Books in Traverse City, Michigan…well, you’re in luck.

This independent bookshop is offering refunds to its readers, claiming the novel has been advertised as a “nice summer novel” instead of an “academic insight.”

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This 12-Year-Old Boy Needs Books. Let’s Send Him Some.

Here’s your heartwarming story for the day.

Last week, a mailman in Utah was delivering mail to the home of a 12-year-old boy, Mathew Flores. The kid was reading junk mail and asked the mailman if he had any extra.

When the mailman, Ron Lynch, asked Flores why he was reading junk mail, the boy told him that he didn’t have any books. For fun, he reads newspapers and mail.

Flores’ family doesn’t have a car, and he can’t afford the bus pass to go to the library. So, no books.

“He didn’t want electronics. He didn’t want to sit in front of the TV playing games all day. This kid just wanted to read,” Lynch said.

So, like any good trustworthy mailman, Lynch did something about it.

He posted a photo of the boy on Facebook, with a description of the situation. The post went viral on social media and found its way to Reddit.  Read more


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