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What I Learned Growing Up as the Child of Immigrants

By Ally M.July 28, 2016

Recently, my boyfriend was over at my house and asked if he could defrost some of my mom's homemade Indian cooking. I tried to get him to eat something else instead—a sandwich, some mac and cheese, but what he really wanted was the kebabs my... More  →

What I Learned Growing Up as the Child of Immigrants

The Wand Test

By ElodieJuly 28, 2016
The imminent release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has sent me slightly mad, and the only real salve I have found is pouring my misplaced fan energies into creating the MOST COMPREHENSIVE WAND TEST OF ALL TIME. Other, more sane options for dealing with pre-HPCC... More  →
The Wand Test

How Well Do You Know Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone?

By Chelsea DaggerJuly 28, 2016
The imminent release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has everyone here at SparkLife in the tizzy of all tizzies, and the only relief we could find from the excruciating wait for the book's release was to create LITERALLY THE HARDEST HARRY POTTER TEST IN EXISTENCE.... More  →
How Well Do You Know <em>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone</em>?

Blogging 1984: V (Part 2, Chapters 1, 2 & 3)

By Janet ManleyJuly 28, 2016
Previously in Blogging 1984, things got "hot and heavy" with a toothless prostitute, and that's as much as I can say about Winston's nighttime adventures without getting myself arrested. Part 2, Chapter 1 At the conclusion of Part 1, Winston had just run into That... More  →
Blogging 1984: V (Part 2, Chapters 1, 2 & 3)

Open Thread for July 28!

By SparkLifeJuly 28, 2016
Send your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the OT... More  →
Open Thread for July 28!

The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Release Is Happening This Weekend, and Barnes & Noble Is Making a Day Of It!

By ElodieJuly 27, 2016
We’re just days away from the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and I am so excited I want to fling my entire self into the sun. How many days, I hear you ask? Allow me to plonk a giant countdown clock below, that we... More  →
The <em>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</em> Book Release Is Happening This Weekend, and Barnes & Noble Is Making a Day Of It!

What Would Hogwarts Orientation Day Be Like?

By Maddy Aaron and Kelsey MurphyJuly 27, 2016
We are all familiar with that panicky, first-day-of-class-at-a-new-school feeling. Well, multiply that by roughly ONE BILLION and you might be close to what a new student at Hogwarts feels like. Maddy and Kelsey act out what they think might happen during a new student orientation... More  →
What Would Hogwarts Orientation Day Be Like?

SPARKNOTES EXCLUSIVE: Samira Wiley Talks About Shakespeare, Hamilton, and Her New Role In NERVE

By SparkLifeJuly 27, 2016
When I first read about Nerve, I saw it described as an "action crime techno-thriller survival film" and thought: ALL THAT, PLUS Dave Franco's cheekbones? I'M SOLD. Friends, it surpassed the hype—it's a nail-biting commentary on the consequences of taking candy from creepy strangers who watch you through your phone camera. To give you... More  →
SPARKNOTES EXCLUSIVE: Samira Wiley Talks About Shakespeare, <i>Hamilton</i>, and Her New Role In <i>NERVE</i>

Hillary Clinton Gets Nomination, Following Long Line of Boss Ladies Who Could Never Be Satisfied

By H. Alan ScottJuly 27, 2016
It took decades of public service, two presidential runs, and hundreds of online pantsuit galleries, but Hillary Clinton has done something no other woman has ever done: become the first female nominee for president of a major party. That’s huge. Or as Bernie would... More  →
Hillary Clinton Gets Nomination, Following Long Line of Boss Ladies Who Could Never Be Satisfied

Open Thread for July 27!

By SparkLifeJuly 27, 2016
Send your photos to contribute@sparknotes.com with your username to get your pictures on the OT... More  →
Open Thread for July 27!