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JRR Tolkien’s Final Book Published

Feb 11, 2019

The Fall of Gondolin by JRR Tolkien was published last August 30. Reports say that the short story could be the author’s final posthumous book. The story details the founding of the elven city of Gondolin and occurs after the events in The Tale of Beren and Luthien, published in 2017. Both stories are considered part of Tolkien’s The Lost Tales. The book was edited by Christopher Tolkien, son of JRR Tolkien, who writes in the preface that the book is “indubitably the last.” Christopher Tolkien collected different versions of the story written by his father presumably from 1917 to 1951. The book contains all the versions written by Tolkien, with additional notes and explanations f......

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TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE: RomCom Reborn

Feb 10, 2019

Netflix’s latest romcom offering, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, took the world by storm with its chill vibe, adorable lead stars, and swoon-worthy love story. Based on Jenny Han’s young-adult bestseller, To All the Boys I've Loved Before is about Lara Jean (Song) Covey (played by Lana Condor), your typical teenager who loves romance stories. In an attempt to purge her emotions, Lara Jean writes and addresses (but never sends) letters to her crushes, telling them about her feelings and why she likes them. When the letters are mysteriously sent, Lara Jean finds herself on the edge of her friendship with her older sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh, and a potentially dangerous fake r......

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Wordsmith of Color: Warsan Shire

Feb 07, 2019

A poet and activist as young as she is internationally renowned and groundbreaking, Warsan Shire has sent shock waves across the literary world with the warmth, worldliness, vividness, and viscera of her pieces, which transcend race, religion, gender, and generations.. Many have (recently) known her to be the inspiration behind Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade, but Warsan Shire, now twenty-nine, has been writing poetry since she was eleven and sharing her works with the public since she was sixteen—during which she had even won an international poetry slam. Born in Kenya in 1988 to Somali parents, Shire had migrated to London with her family when she was only a year old and would......

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Grammar Chaos: How Can Something So Similar Be So Different?

Feb 06, 2019

Different and indifferent are two words that sound like they are related. The only difference between the two is the prefix in-. Using context clues, we could infer that indifferent could mean “same” since the prefix in- makes the root mean the opposite. However, that inference is wrong. Different and indifferent may look and sound similar, but they’re meanings are pretty, well, different. Let’s start with the easier of the two. The word different is an adjective which means “not the same, various, diverse, or unlike most others.” Different has its roots in the Latin verb differe, which means “to set apart.” Here are some examples of its usage. The competition guidelines are......

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Blogging 101: Staging Done Right—Picking a Blog Platform

Feb 05, 2019

Blogs have developed from online diaries into digital resumes and marketing tools. With the boom that blogging has experienced in the 2000s, many developers have jumped onto the blog bandwagon, creating user-friendly platforms that will help even the least computer-literate person create and manage their own blog. Below are five of the most popular and most user-friendly blogging websites. If you already have a blog goal in mind, read on to find out which platform your blog will shine the most. Blogger This platform has been around since 1999, so that tells you it has withstood the test of time. Blogger made it to the forefront of the internet when it was purchased by Goog......

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Margaret Atwood set to publish The Handmaid’s Tale sequel in September

Feb 04, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood announced via Twitter on November 28 that she is working on a sequel to the original novel, titled The Testaments. The Handmaid’s Tale is set in the near-future United States, where the government has been turned into a totalitarian state known as Gilead following a crisis that caused infertility, infant death, and a dwindling population. In Gilead, women serve as “handmaids” whose primary purpose is to give birth to children for powerful families. Despite being published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale has gained popularity recently, largely due to Hulu’s series adaptation of the novel. Moreover, the story resonates with many people as its......

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Shadowhunters, a Series Overview—Into the World of Angels, Demons, and Everything in Between

Feb 03, 2019

“All the legends are true.” This is what Jace Wayland tells Clary Fray, as she and the audience are thrown into the dangerous Shadow World. Airing on FreeForm since January 12, 2016, is Shadowhunters, the latest live-action adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s acclaimed book series Mortal Instruments. While more faithful to the books, it retells the story in a more modern light. Shadowhunters follows redhead Clarissa “Clary” Fray in New York. Clary celebrates her 18th birthday with her childhood best friend, Simon, not knowing a typical fun night at the club would quickly turn into a bloody showdown between Shadowhunters and demons. The young Fray is then forced to choose: her ol......

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Khaled Hosseini: A Voice for Afghanistan

Jan 31, 2019

In times of trouble, chaos, and confusion, art is something that people turn to for escape. However, art has also become a means through which thoughts, opinions, and ideas are discussed. Some authors, such as Khaled Hosseini, tell their own stories in the hopes of making more people understand their struggles. Author Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Because of the nature of his father’s work, Hosseini grew up in various parts of the world. Hosseini and his family always thought that they would eventually return to Afghanistan and live there for good. Unfortunately, this was not to be. In 1978, the Saur Revolution occurred, leading them to seek asylum in the United......

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