James Joyce’s Steamy Love Letters Are Better Than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

James Joyce’s Steamy Love Letters Are Better Than ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

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Irish writer James Joyce may best be remembered as a literary icon whose written work, Ulysses, cemented his image as a wise and intelligent mind hiding behind a soft and innocent-looking face.   Don’t be fooled, however. Yes, he is in fact intelligent, but he’s certainty not soft (in more ways than one). Behind those puppy dog eyes, thick mustache, and posh bowtie happens to be a dirty old man. Seriously dirty, dirty man.   The same passion and experimental attitude this linguistic mastermind brought to his stories and poetry he also translated to other avenues of his personal life. For those unfamiliar with …

8 Really Old Texts That Are Surprisingly Fun to Read

8 Really Old Texts That Are Surprisingly Fun to Read

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While it’s probably a good idea that readers stay up to date on new releases, the perk of being a book lover is that literature has been around for a while. A really long while. Even after thousands of years, some cultures have texts that we can pull out and read on a lonely Friday night when all of your friends are all of a sudden gone or have significant others, which, good for them, but still.   The issue some find is that these old stories are hard to get through. Language has changed so much that the contents of …

Your Favorite Novels, Reimagined as Constellations

Your Favorite Novels, Reimagined as Constellations

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Nicholas Rougeux, an artist who has previously created visual images of famous novels’ punctuation is back again with a new way to look at literature. This time it’s through astronomy. His latest work is a series of posters that visualize the first lines of novels as constellations.   In each constellation, the first word is a starburst, with every subsequent word shooting out at an angle from the previous. The angle itself is determined by the part of speech, while the length of the line connecting words is determined by how many letters the word has.    Rougeux wrote on his website that …

7 Classic Novels Pretty Much Nobody Reads Anymore

7 Classic Novels Pretty Much Nobody Reads Anymore

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Sometimes it feels like a chore to sit down and tear into one of the “classics.” They’re daunting and intimidating. It’s a lot more fun to delve into something less challenging. But these classics are important, and I’m here to tell you about a few books that I bet you’ve never read!   1. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell   Image Via Revealed in Time Published in 1855, North and South tells the story of young Margaret Hale who returns to her rural English hometown after spending ten years in London. Due to problems between her father and the Church of England, however, the family is forced to relocate to a far …

10 Book Covers the Movie Adaptations Ruined

10 Book Covers the Movie Adaptations Ruined

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Publishers seem to have developed a nasty habit of ruining good books with terrible covers, especially after they’ve been pushed back into the spotlight after a movie or television adaptation. While the new covers definitely grab the attention of people who might not have picked up the book had it not been for the adaptation, it’s pretty safe to say that the reissued covers suck. Especially when compared to the classic, original covers.   1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald     The Great Gatsby has an unforgettable cover, one that definitely did not need to be updated with the …