Category Archives: Classics

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Lit GIFs: The Tell-Tale Heart

So it’s almost Halloween. Which means jack o’ lanterns and costumes and pumpkin-spiced everything. And, of course, Edgar Allan Poe, reigning king of high-school-English-textbook darkness. Cask of Amontillado, anyone?

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What Is It About the Literature of War?

Up until that short story workshop I took my junior year of college, my TBR pile was made up of a bizarre mix of Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, and Bill Bryson. Then my professor passed around photocopied packets containing stories by Lorrie Moore, Grace … Continue reading

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Lit GIFs: Romeo and Juliet

The Montagues and the Capulets don’t like each other very much. Romeo and his cousin crash a Capulet party anyway, looking for girls. Romeo’s on the rebound when he meets Juliet. The party was supposed to give 14-year-old Juliet the … Continue reading

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Lit GIFs: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

A brief case study of a guy who turns into another guy…and stresses out his lawyer. This is Dr. Jekyll. He sometimes turns into Mr. Hyde.

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Lit GIFs: Wuthering Heights

A story (read: soap opera) of two Catherines and a grumpy, clingy guy named Heathcliff. Also a property war. Mr. Earnshaw owns a manor called Wuthering Heights. One day he brings home an orphan. At first, his children, Hindley and Catherine … Continue reading

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The Power of Children’s Literature

Annie Cardi is the author of the new young adult book The Chance You Won’t Return (Candlewick Press), which has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and also won the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award in its manuscript form. Annie … Continue reading

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Lit GIFs: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This is Arthur Dent: Human Resident, Planet Earth. One morning, contractors show up to plow his house over for a bypass. This is when his best friend, Ford Prefect, shows up and starts talking about The End of the World. They … Continue reading

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Get Real! Or Maybe Don’t Get Real? A Conversation with Lincoln Michel (Part 2)

Recently, on social media, Gigantic magazine editor Lincoln Michel questioned the label of “realism.” I write “realism,” and I’m branching into other genres, so I introduced myself and asked a few more questions. Our conversation, conducted over e-mail, spanned several days, topics, and … Continue reading

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Get Real! Or Maybe Don’t Get Real? A Conversation with Lincoln Michel (Part 1)

Recently, on social media, Gigantic magazine editor Lincoln Michel questioned the label of “realism.” I write “realism,” and I’m branching into other genres, so I introduced myself and asked a few more questions. Our conversation, conducted over e-mail, spanned several days, topics, … Continue reading

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Lit GIFs: The Old Man and the Sea

Santiago, an elderly Cuban fisherman, has gone 84 days without a catch. His apprentice, Manolin, still likes him, but his parents have made him go work with a more successful fisherman. So on day 85 of his Bad Luck Streak, … Continue reading

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