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Literary Meals That Will Make You Hungry

Over the past ten years, I’ve become one of those awfully annoying people you might know as “foodies.” I really hate that word, foodie, but if someone were to label me, I’d probably fit somewhere in that designation.

So you can imagine my excitement when I saw a recently released coffee table book called Fictitious Dishes, written by Dinah Fried (such a great last name for a food writer). Food and literature? I’m in. All that’s missing is college football.

In Fictitious Dishes, Fried pulled quotes about meals from famous novels, cooked the food, then took beautiful photos of the result. It’s really a cool concept that is impressively executed.

Here are 6 samples from Dinah Fried’s website (used with permission) with the relevant sentence from each novel. And, okay, maybe the title of this post was misleading–let’s hope the meal from The Metamorphosis doesn’t make you hungry.  Read more

15 Book Spoilers In One Sentence

SPOILER ALERT!

You heard it here first. If you’re anti-spoiler, like my friend who got mad at me for ruining the ending to The Great Gatsby—nearly a century old—then you may hate this post.

If, on the other hand, you dive head first into the world of spoilers, then this post is just for you.

The catch here is that these spoilers are only one sentence long—so as not to give away great detail while helping you get the “essence” of the novel’s plot.

Also, these are mostly famous books, so hopefully you’ve read most of them anyway.

Let’s go.

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7 Parenting Lessons From Literature

Parenting is hard work. I know that’s a cliche, but it’s a well-earned cliche.

Kids are pretty awesome, and they can even teach you a thing or two about reading, but they also have their moments. That’s why, if you want to be a parent, it’s important to make sure you are not a mental whack job.

Mental whack jobs who are parents usually produce kids who eventually become mental whack jobs themselves. This is not good.

Since fiction is often just a mirror of reality, there’s a lot to learn from literary parents, both good and whack jobbish.

Quite a bit, actually. Let’s take at some parenting tips I put together based on lessons I’ve learned from literary parents.

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To Kill A Mockingbird Reimagined

How have I missed this?

You might know I love To Kill A Mockingbird. It’s a classic. To me, that book is what literature is all about.

Had I read that book in 7th grade, though, my book review would have probably gone something like this.

Videos like this were the reason the internet was created. It’s starts accurate enough, but then things get out of hand.

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Should You Name Your Kid After Literary Characters?

Recently, my wife and I were discussing names for a possible second child sometime in the future (We have no announcement. We’re just planners.)

We’ve settled on a girl name. But, if we have a second boy, we’re still up in the air about what to name him. If she likes a name, I’m not crazy about it. If I like I name, she’s not feeling it. We’re having a constant back and forth.

The other day, I jokingly threw out the name Gatsby as a possibility. I mean, it’s kind of a cool name, I think. She declined.

But the conversation got me thinking about literary names. If we ever dived into the land of literature for our second child’s name, what are some possibilities?

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Do Audio Books Count?

It’s the age-old question: Do audio books count as reading?

Really, it’s probably more like “decade-old,” but I guess it’s still a heated discussion among literary nerds with nothing better to talk about.

Let me start by explaining my experience with audio books, using To Kill A Mockingbird as a case study. Here’s how it usually goes when I’ve listened to audio books while driving:

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What Classic Novels Were Almost Called

Mental Floss—a stellar website if you’ve never been, by the way—recently listed what some famous classic novels were almost called.

I found the list fascinating—it’s a literary “what might have been,” and it makes me wonder how the fate of these books might have changed if the original title had stuck.

Some examples:

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5 Famous Authors & Their Controversies

If there’s one thing literary types like, it’s a good controversy.

Don’t let the literary world fool you—they may snub their nose at celebrity gossip, but replace “Paris Hilton” with “Jonathan Franzen,” and suddenly their ears perk up.

I find it interesting that, out of the first 43 books I’ve read and researched from the Time list, the large majority of the novels—or at least the authors—have been through some type of small controversy at some point.

Noticing that trend, I put together some of the more memorable “controversies” or rumors—some of which still linger today.

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Harper Lee Lays The Smack Down

I’ve always been shocked to find out that some school districts and libraries have actually banned To Kill A Mockingbird. How ridiculous is that?

I’ve expressed my opinions about banned books on the blog before, so I won’t go back into all that. But, today, I’ll let Harper Lee give her opinion on the matter.

In 1966, the Hanover County School Board in Virginia removed all copies of To Kill A Mockingbird from their libraries. They believed the book to be “immoral.”

Harper Lee responded by writing the following letter to the Richmond News Leader, which, in turn, published it. The fund she mentions at the bottom of this letter gave away free copies of the book to any child who wanted one. That’s awesome.

I love this letter! (source: Letters of Note and Understanding To Kill A Mockingbird):

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The First 30: A Look Back

After each set of ten books, I write a brief recap that highlights some of my favorite and least favorite aspects of the novels I’ve read to that point.

Today’s post is my third recap. If you’re interested, here’s my recap of the first 10 and the first 20.

Now, without further ado, here’s a breakdown on the first 30 novels–the 101 Books Awards, if you will. 

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