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Auntie SparkNotes: My Dad Dated Too Soon After My Mom's Death

By kat_rosenfieldSeptember 19, 2017
Dear Auntie, A few years ago, my mom died. It was a really awful, difficult time for my entire family, but enough time has passed that I'm relatively okay now. However, that entire first year was really hard to get through, and something that added to... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: My Dad Dated Too Soon After My Mom's Death

QUIZ: How Would Shakespeare Describe Your Love Life?

By ElodieSeptember 19, 2017
If you’re sick of people asking you about your relationship status—if you’re sick of giving perfunctory answers like “I’m in a relationship” or “I’m so single it’s actually ridiculous”—if you’d rather say something shrewd and mysterious like “The web of our life is of a... More  →
QUIZ: How Would Shakespeare Describe Your Love Life?

9 Outfits in J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories, Ranked

By Rosa LysterSeptember 19, 2017
Some writers speak the language of clothes, and some do not. J.D. Salinger speaks it fluently. Clothes, in Salinger, are used to define character, to move the plot along, to add depth and weight to a scene.... More  →
9 Outfits in J.D. Salinger's <i>Nine Stories</i>, Ranked

Dating With Science: To Girls, "Hot" Can Mean Basically Anything

By Jon_SkindzierSeptember 19, 2017
Science Fact: Women can find entirely different facial features attractive, depending on the kind of relationship they're looking for. Furthermore, they have a much broader definition of "attractive" than men do. Explanation: Guys are pretty consistent when it comes to at More  →
Dating With Science: To Girls, "Hot" Can Mean Basically Anything

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

By Chelsea DaggerSeptember 19, 2017
So far, Sparklers, you've aced every Harry Potter test we've Accio'd your way, and you're probably feeling prettttty good right about now. You might be sassin' professors right and left. You might even be strutting through the halls just like... More  →
How Well Do You Know <em>Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone</em>?

QUIZ: Would You Be Able to Pass Your O.W.L.s at Hogwarts?

By ElodieSeptember 18, 2017
To me, the most infuriating part of Harry Potter was how everyone acted like casting spells and brewing potions was the rough equivalent of learning the Pythagorean theorem. Harry and Ron routinely fell asleep during History of Magic and procrastinated on their Transfiguration homework. I... More  →
QUIZ: Would You Be Able to Pass Your O.W.L.s at Hogwarts?

How to Kiss, According to Shakespeare

By ElodieSeptember 18, 2017
Kissing is pretty neat. Let’s not dive too deeply into the haunted crypt that is my love life, but suffice it to say I have kissed a person or two in my time. No one's good at it right away; it takes practice. Learning to kiss... More  →
How to Kiss, According to Shakespeare

How Awful is Your Handwriting?

By Emma W.September 15, 2017
With the prevalence of computers, which are even sometimes used to administer in-class writing assignments, handwriting seems like it's quickly going the way of letterpress printing—which means that, in a few years, it could be considered a niche art form for book lovers. In... More  →
How Awful is Your Handwriting?