Like many other people, I took English in high school, and like many other high school English students, I was moody, brooding, and really into canon "romance" novels. So it should come as no surprise that Wuthering Heights holds a dear, dear place in my heart. I was fully prepared to love Andrea Arnold's new film adaptation of the Emily Brontë masterpiece, especially given that Arnold directed 2009's instant classic Fish Tank and had cast Skins' Kaya ... Read More
Ever wonder where your brilliant and not so brilliant sentences come from? In this grand age of social media, more writers than ever have access to an audience, and vice versa. Writers are feeling the pressure to craft flawless sentences in order to gain prominence and, more importantly, avoid scrutiny.  While many argue that certain insights, observations, emotions, and other right-brained qualities that an effective piece of writing requires cannot be ... Read More
  If you need to fall in love with reading again – or just want a reminder that high school students deserve a lot more than their reading lists give them – then The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 is the book for you. The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 is a compilation of literature selected by high school students and edited by Dave Eggers. A new edition has been released every year since 2002, each containing writing selected by ... Read More
 LA-based mortician Caitlin Doughty, best known for her quirky YouTube series, "Ask A Mortician," recently released a video telling morbid children, "It gets better."For those not familiar with Doughty’s series "Ask A Mortician," get familiar. It’s awesome. Once a month Doughty answers fan’s questions about death and embalming with down-to-earth, matter-of-fact answers, and her own special brand of snarky humor and silly ... Read More
I caught a glimpse of Jessica Chastain for the first time in The Tree of Life and immediately wanted more. By the time The Help rolled around the secret was out—Hollywood had found its fair skinned beauty. Now, like so many A-list movie stars recently (Paul Rudd, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, oh my!), Chastain is heading to Broadway.  According to the New York Times, the Juilliard grad decided to study acting more seriously after she played the female lead in ... Read More