Six Galaxy Brain Tweets from SparkNotes

Six Galaxy Brain Tweets from SparkNotes

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If you’re anything like me, SparkNotes has always been there when you need it. Now, they’re not only helping you pass your classes, but also serving you the spiciest of literature memes. They’re all pure gold, but here are just a few.     Theseus or not, YOU. ARE. VALID.     Unfortunately there’s no third option, so if you want to set the Minotaur up on a blind date with your friend, you’re kind of out of luck. Otherwise, you’re good though. What color do your sails need to be if you didn’t slay the Minotaur but you’re seeing …

Plant a Garden, and We’ll Reveal Your Favorite Impressionist Painter

Plant a Garden, and We’ll Reveal Your Favorite Impressionist Painter

Say au revoir to winter! Spring approaches and with it, the flourishing of parks and gardens depicted in some of the best-loved masterpieces of modern art.   Design a garden to channel your favorite Impressionist artists who, inspired by the spectacular transformation of Paris in the 19th-century, painted these green spaces as the distinctive scenes of contemporary life.   Reveal your favorite, then learn more about this extraordinarily creative period in Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Province, a new publication available at The Met Store.    

7 Paintings I Want to See as Novels

7 Paintings I Want to See as Novels

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Paintings are often inspired by works of literature, art imitating art and all the rest of it. Recently I wrote an article entirely about my favorite paintings of Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. But there are so many intriguing paintings I think could inspire wonderful novels. Here are seven of the works of art I think deserve novel adaptations.     1. The Fortune-Teller | Georges de La Tour   Image Via The Metropolitan Museum of Art   I recently saw this painting in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and stared at it for a solid fifteen minutes. It’s fascinating, from the colors, …

This 13-Year-Old Is a Freaking Artist, Writer, and Better Person Than Me

This 13-Year-Old Is a Freaking Artist, Writer, and Better Person Than Me

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Gathering up the motivation needed to accomplish day-to-day tasks can be hard enough, let alone gathering up the motivation to get those creative juices flowing. I’m twenty-seven-years-old, and I still struggle with self-motivating; that’s why I think the accomplishments of eighth grader, Camryn Green, are so utterly impressive: illustrator, painter, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and now writer!   Image Via Facebook   Camryn Green is a thirteen-year-old girl from Raleigh, North Carolina who became an entrepreneur at the even younger age of eight! She runs her own business called Camryn’s Creations alongside her mom who has been the major influence in her life, …

9 Paintings of ‘Hamlet’s Ophelia That Are Almost Better Than ‘Hamlet’

9 Paintings of ‘Hamlet’s Ophelia That Are Almost Better Than ‘Hamlet’

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Daisy Ridley’s new film, Ophelia, an adaptation of Lisa Klein’s 2006 novel Ophelia, has just debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s got me thinking of the all the Opheliaphiles throughout history. The tragic heroine is one of, if not the Shakespeare character most commonly depicted in art. The incredible visuals surrounding her death—the garlands of flowers each of which carry a separate meaning, the river, her long hair, and beautiful gown—have captured artists’ imaginations for years, so here is a collection of some of my favorite Ophelia paintings.    Ophelia by Constantin Meunier   Image Via WordPress.com   Hamlet Act 4 Scene 5 …