LitStaff Picks: Our Favorite Characters Who Never Gave Up

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Our Favorite Characters Who Never Gave Up To us, the best stories and characters are those about the underdog, the resilient fella who refuses to stop, who absolutely ignores the notion of “can’t.” These are the characters that stay with us, the ones we root for and who never leave […]

LitStaff Pick: Children’s Book Authors Who Speak to Adults, Too

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Really great writers, regardless of their chosen genre, know how to collect and captivate audiences. If they are true masters at their craft, they are able to transcend age brackets and personal preferences set to separate stories into neat little categories. At the end of the day, a great story […]

LitStaff Pick: Open Thread

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This week we want to discuss several things. We’ve been thinking a lot about those hot button topics you are all discussing and we’d like to continue the conversation. These are the things we love, the things that make us smile and the things that piss us off. Check out […]

LitStaff Pick: The Books That Turn Us Into a Sobbing Mess

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What is the point of great literature if we can’t find some semblance of ourselves or at least some sense of relatability in the works we read? Great books speak to us all, deliver to us a sense of familiarity and echo what we understand about the human condition. And […]

Some Thoughts on Emotion in Writing

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I have this good friend who’s utterly obsessed with a certain band. Mostly, he’s into indie electronica bands, and this band is very new, but bonus: the lead singer is completely his “type”–tiny, cute, intellectual, unapologetically badass feminist.  He went to their concert in LA a week or two ago, […]

OpEd: The Other Moral Dilemma of ‘Ender’s Game’

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This piece comes to us from our good friend Tee Morris: The Other Moral Dilemma of ‘Ender’s Game’   Orson Scott Card. What can you say about celebrated New York Times bestselling author Orson Scott Card? Well, there’s this… Orson Scott Card is a homophobic piece of shit.” And then there’s […]

LitStaff Pick: The Books That Affected Us the Most

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One of our favorite things about literature is the impact it has on our lives. A really great book can inspire, enrage or become a part of the many and varied aspects that form the people we become. They can remind us of our past and shape the foundation of […]

LitStaff Pick: Favorite Characters from Shakespeare

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There are so many facets of Shakespeare’s works that have endeared him to the ages. His plots, his stirring landscapes, his stories of triumph and tragedy and, most certainly, his characters have withstood centuries. That his work has transcended time is not surprising; it is, however, his characters that we […]

The 10 Best Shakespearean Burns

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In case you haven’t noticed, we’re a little drunk on Shakespeare this month. And that’s okay, right? Not only did the Bard weave literary magic with his words, but he was, (we believe), the first and best purveyor of insults. Here are few of our favorite Shakespearean burns. Be sure […]