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7 Literature-Related Satire Articles to Make You Cackle

I don’t know about you, but I love satire! I especially love reading articles à la Reductress or The Onion that are so, intensely relatable, dark, funny, and unreal.


It’s healthy to laugh at yourself and the people you respect and love (also the people you don’t respect or love, too, because political satire has been on-point lately, let’s be real here). And, if you happen to be someone who has yet to veer deep into the depths of satire domain, I highly recommend it. It’s just fun, cathartic, and can definitely help lighten your mood. 


So, kick off your heels, lean your seat back, stare intently into your computer screen, and enjoy these seven incredibly perfect satirical articles centered around literature!


Goody Introduces New Line Of Governess Hairbrushes For Raking Across The Scalps Of Insolent Little Girls – The Onion



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The new reinforced handles can withstand being drawn roughly through the knotted hair of a horrid, filthy creature hundreds of times, and the extra-coarse bristles will quickly dislodge any grass or other debris that has become entangled due to unladylike frolicking in the meadow beyond the wall.


Amazing: This Charity Teaches Illiterate Adults About The Intricacies Of The New York Literary Scene – Clickhole



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And the learning goes beyond the classroom: Well Read also offers field trips to the Men’s Wearhouse where Tom Wolfe bought his iconic white suit. Who says adult education can’t be a little fun?


Tattoos That Seem Edgy Until You Realize They’re Harry Potter References – Reductress



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Next time you spot a tat on a burly dude that says, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” don’t immediately assume it’s a Ramones lyric and this guy is about to kiss you hard then whisk you away on his motorcycle. In reality, he spent his childhood reading the Harry Potter series in which a magical map can only be opened if you say these words out loud while tapping your wand delicately on the parchment.


E3 Organizers Cancel Convention After Discovering Immersive Power Of Literature – The Onion


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 At press time, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony issued a joint press statement confirming they had canceled all future game development and would instead issue leather-bound editions of the world’s literary classics.


How to Avoid Catcallers by Shouting ‘Chim Chim Cheree! Are You Me New Dad? – Reductress



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Would-be catcallers will refrain from saying sexual, invasive comments, and instead say, “Is she a chimney sweep? Is she a Dickensian orphan? Is she in community theater?” Be sure to bring work shoes to change into later!


Exonerated: This Convicted Murderer Was Released From Prison After 20 Years When An Online Quiz Sorted Him Into Gryffindor – Clickhole



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“Gryffindor is the home of the best and bravest of the wizarding world, and the fact that Mr. Anderson was assigned to this house by an online quiz makes it clear that he couldn’t possibly have committed an act as terrible as murder,” said Judge Sonia Sandhu, announcing her decision to overturn Walter’s guilty verdict from 1998.


My Mom Keeps Trying to Marry Me Off to a Mean Lord – Reductress



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I used to love visiting my parent’s house in Racine, Wisconsin. Now, whenever I’m visiting, their house is full of evil, conniving lords who want to insult my piano playing or say that I’m “rather opinionated for someone so plain-looking”. Ugh, I can’t stand having to endure high tea with mean-ass lord after mean-ass lord! Does my mom even understand me at all?


Now, go forth and enjoy your weekend, you wild buncha bookworms!






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Truesdell's Book Club

The Most Popular Club in This School Is a Book Club for Fifth-Grade Boys

Truesdell Education Campus can’t keep its most popular books stocked. Boys crowd the library before the morning bell, students read in class instead of paying attention to their teachers. And it’s all because of a book club. 


With the help of one of their administrators, ten fifth-grade boys started a book club at the school in Washington, D.C.’s Brightwood neighborhood, and it’s quickly become the most popular club on campus. The school staff struggles to keep up with their students’ book demand.


“The books that we read here, we can relate to,” said 11-year-old Devon Wesley. The book club has allowed Devon and other students to find black characters—characters who look like them.


The club began when a fifth-grader complained about his less-than-stellar results on a citywide English exam. He felt the grade he received did not reflect his reading abilities. His principal, Mary Ann Stinson, gave him a book and told him to start reading. The book was Bad Boy: A Memoir, by Walter Dean Myers. 


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Michael Redmond, the assistant principal, saw the interaction and suggested a few boys read the book together. They quickly became enthralled by the book, which focused on Myers’ childhood in Harlem. By the end of the day, other students spotted the trio with the book and asked Redmond if there were any additional copies. There weren’t, so he ordered more copies and helped his students organize an all-male book club, which accepted the first ten students who were interested in extra reading and discussions outside of school hours.


Redmond, whose dissertation focused on the educational advancement of minority boys, said he remembered being aware that people didn’t expect boys of color to be readers. He wanted to destroy that stereotype for his students. 


“What a beautiful thing, for teachers to be able to see boys who look like this be so into reading,” Redmond said. “We did not imagine that kids would be this serious about reading and about doing something that we didn’t ask them to do.”


Redmond and the boys meet at 8:15am once or twice a week and use the book to begin conversations about their own experiences with race, identity, and adolescence. At last week’s book club, Redmond led the boys in a discussion about a specific line in Bad Boy, where the protagonist says, “I prefer not to be seen as black,” because he didn’t want his accomplishments to be seen as “Negro accomplishments.”


“He wrote that line not because he was ashamed of being black, but why?” asked Redmond.


“Because you can be smart, not because you’re black, but because you’re smart, period,” said 10-year-old Kemari Starks, an aspiring zoologist who finished the 200 page book in just two days.


The club is moving onto its second book, Monster, another Myers novel, this time about a teenager on trial for murder. Most of the boys said they’ve already finished the book. “In our classes, there are way less interesting books, and these books are way more interesting. These books are about people.”


The book club is already changing the reading culture around campus, and Steve Aupperle, Truesdell’s vice principal in charge of literacy, suspects it’s boosting the students’ reading levels. The book club reads books intended for seventh and eighth graders.


“They are now seeing that reading is amazing and, through reading, you can find people to relate to,” Aupperle said. “That’s what reading is.”


“It’s a blessing to be in this predicament, to have kids who are becoming ravenous readers,” Redmond said. “We’re disrupting the notion of what public education can be and what little black boys can do and be.”


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