5 Books That Definitely Were Not Written in a Month

Posted by Shmoop on 11/29/18 9:00 AM

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, for those in the know. Here at Shmoop HQ, we keep trying to hit the 50,000-word mark, but year after year we come up short. To make ourselves feel better (and to procrastinate on the whole novel-writing thing), we came up with a list of books we're absolutely sure were not written in a month. 

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Topics: Literature

6 Dinners More Uncomfortable Than Your Family's Thanksgiving (Don't invite Beowulf over).

Posted by Shmoop on 11/22/18 11:00 AM
Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we're most grateful for. It's also a time to reflect on how incredibly awkward family dinners can be. But remember: you're not alone. To help you get through whatever shenanigans are planned for you this year, we've got a list of dinners that were definitely more uncomfortable than your family's Thanksgiving will be.
1. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Toward the beginning of Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones & co. find themselves at a classy nightclub dinner—fully equipped with a lounge singer. But when he's introduced to said singer, Dr. Jones grabs her and pushes a dinner fork into her side. Indy, did you learn nothing in school? That's the cold cuts fork. The stabbing-ladies fork is the second from the left  
 
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Topics: Literature

EdTech in the Classroom Podcast—Best Online Educational Publisher

Posted by Shmoop on 11/18/18 1:58 PM

Last week we were lucky enough to sit down with Jeffrey Bradbury of EdTech in the Classroom. David Siminoff, founder of Shmoop University Inc., and Jeffrey, an educator and founder of the TeacherCast Educational Networkdiscuss Shmoop's versatility as a solution not just for students, but also a great tool for teachers. In a world where teachers are expected to do more with less, Shmoop tries to make life a little easier (to help you be able to have one) by providing online drills, courses, teaching guides, and more. Check it out. 

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Topics: Literature, Teachers

Why did they read The Great Gatsby at the Royal Wedding?

Posted by Shmoop on 11/16/18 12:25 PM
Lack-of-self-awareness should be a SuperPower, don't you think? Adverbially named Stan Lee was working on a Narcissus paradigm before his untimely death at 95. So when Eugenie had this passage from The Great Gatsby read at her Royal Wedding to Jack, tongues either wagged or remained pressed firmly in cheek. 
Why? 
 
Well, read it, for starters. The most gorgeous writings live in Gatsby. Every paragraph is either Angelina in her early 20s or Thor or his brother, pre-MalibuMiley fires. So here it is:
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Topics: Literature

To Kill A Mockingbird is still winning literary contests. Why?

Posted by Shmoop on 11/15/18 4:12 PM
Attempted murder.... of a kid. Child rape. Incest. Violent alcoholism. Racism redux. Sounds like the evening news, right? Or maybe the plot for Stephen King's next novel. Or just another day in Somalia. But no. These edge-kissing sub-topics are core elements of what was just voted the most beloved novel of all time, read by 12 year olds all around the globe— "To Kill A Mockingbird."
 
PBS just polled (monkey-surveyed if you found them online) - and readers spoke. TKAM officially won the 100 meter Best Literature contest at the LitOlympics. If you don't remember the book's edges, let us refresh: It's the story of Scout, a little girl growing up in the Deep South, who witnesses racial injustice and the eventual accusation and murder of a black man for a crime he did not commit. 
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Topics: Literature

How to Talk Trash Like Scout Finch: 7 Insults from To Kill a Mockingbird

Posted by Shmoop on 8/30/10 2:45 PM

2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most important novels in all of American literature.

Given that the author...

  • has only ever published one book;
  • has given almost no public appearances or interviews since its publication; and
  • is reportedly on the verge of finally speaking about the dang thing,
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Topics: Updates, Literature

The 9 Coolest Imaginary Planets (and Other Celestial Bodies)

Posted by Shmoop on 5/17/10 11:35 PM

There’s something to be said for the way realism forces us to take an honest look at society, but when it comes to getting our minds off of day-to-day drudgeries, nothing beats exploring a fictional world. (If you want to be fancy about it, it’s also a great way to rethink the human condition.)

Here’s a list of nine awesome imaginary planets (and other celestial bodies) that we’d visit the second the technology became available.

To keep busy during the flight, we’ve put together an official Interstellar Hyperdrive Playlist to go with the scenery. Enjoy.

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Topics: Updates, Literature

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