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Watch now: Macbeth with Ethan Hawke | Shakespeare Uncovered | PBS Video

Ethan Hawke takes you along as he researches the part of Shakespeare’s murderous Macbeth.
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PBS has more episodes coming this month. Plays covered are The Tempest, Hamlet, Richard II, Henry IV and V, and the Comedies.

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Rebecca Skloot on Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks... and Getting Kicked Out of Preschool

Rebecca Skloot on Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks... and Getting Kicked Out of Preschool | License to Read | Scoop.it
Rebecca Skloot stopped by The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer at The Hideout, in Chicago, to talk about life after writing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, her childhood and her next book.
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<3 <3 <3

 

Favorite nonfiction book. 

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Louis Zamperini's epic life may finally get its Hollywood movie

Louis Zamperini's epic life may finally get its Hollywood movie | License to Read | Scoop.it

Encompassing the sweep of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, 47 days adrift in the Pacific evading sharks and the jarring brutality of two years in a Japanese POW camp, it's a story that plumbs the depths of one man's courage, despair and rage, soaring...

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Loved "Unbroken." Hard to put down. Glad to see it headed for the big screen w/Angelina Jolie as director.

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'One Today': Richard Blanco's Inaugural Poem

'One Today': Richard Blanco's Inaugural Poem | License to Read | Scoop.it
Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco, read his poem "One Today" at the ceremony.
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Full text and video through this link.


Excerpt:

"All of us as vital as the one light we move through,
the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:
equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,
the "I have a dream" we keep dreaming,
or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won't explain
the empty desks of twenty children marked absent
today, and forever."

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Jay-Z vs. Jay Gatsby: Similarities Between Rapper and ‘The Great Gatsby’

Jay-Z vs. Jay Gatsby: Similarities Between Rapper and ‘The Great Gatsby’ | License to Read | Scoop.it
The many similarities between rapper Jay-Z, and “The Great Gatsby”’s enigmatic subject, Jay Gatsby. By Marlow Stern.
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Fallon's Do Not Read This Book List

Fallon's Do Not Read This Book List | License to Read | Scoop.it
Jimmy Fallon took some time on Wednesday to once again perform the public service of letting us know which books not to read.
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Enid Baines's curator insight, January 17, 2013 7:59 PM

I don't cook, but if I did, dude, I definitely wouldn't use "Cooking with Cannabis." 

 

I don't watch TV, but if I did, I could probably catch "The Teed-Off Ghost" on an episode of "Scooby Doo."

 

I don't mind Jeff Dunham's puppets, but the cover alone of "Puppets go to Church" (alt. title "Giant Angry Puppets Attacking Churches") does creep me out.

 

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WATCH: New Kerouac Adaptation 'Big Sur' Trailer Released

WATCH: New Kerouac Adaptation 'Big Sur' Trailer Released | License to Read | Scoop.it
The movie trailer for Kerouac's Big Sur has been released, and it looks like the film will be worth catching. The book by Jack Kerouac is a classic novel in the series of fictionalized autobiographies written by the beat author in the 1950s and 60s.
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This is when he was on a different road...

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Why Books Suck

For every 100 forgettable works, there's one by a Robert Caro or a Wade Davis. But you have to ask the question: why do the New York publishers pump out so many books on trivial subjects, or books that shed no new light on the same old issues.
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Can an Old-Fashioned Non-Interactive Author Survive in the Social Age?

Can an Old-Fashioned Non-Interactive Author Survive in the Social Age? | License to Read | Scoop.it

During my grad school days nearly a decade ago, I relished the stories of editor extraordinaire Maxwell Perkins nurturing a promising, yet unknown F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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"Reconciling Literature with Tech" seems kind of like a modern day East Egg-West Egg conflict.

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First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby

First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby | License to Read | Scoop.it
Watch the new trailer for The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, due in May.
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"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

 

The most poetic last line of a novel. A real straight shooter.

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Google Poetics

Google Poetics | License to Read | Scoop.it

Google writes poetry. Really. And Nicolas Cage is actually on the cover of a Serbian biology textbook. One of the poems on this site says so. I Googled it and discovered that indeed, he is.

 

I wrote a parody poem in honor of this discovery.

 

The Accidental Poet

 

so much depends

upon

a randomly chosen

noun

typed in to Google

Search

aside the right

adverb.

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Is This The Ultimate Reading Retreat?

Is This The Ultimate Reading Retreat? | License to Read | Scoop.it
  If you were to draw up the ideal reading retreat, this 500 square-foot, self-sufficient cabin on a largely uninhabited island off the coast of Ma
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Reminds me of the house on the island in the first Harry Potter book, minus Hagrid banging down the door. And it's even got a platform (bed) that probably measures around 9' 3/4". 

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How Many Christmas Trees Does It Take To Make 12 Christmas Trees Made Out Of Books?

How Many Christmas Trees Does It Take To Make 12 Christmas Trees Made Out Of Books? | License to Read | Scoop.it
I'm a traditional kind of gal but I have to admit, seeing the creative things people do with their Christmas trees this time of year really makes me want to try something unique.

 

 

Use the book "The Giving Tree" on top and build a few to make a metaphorest.


Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby, John E. Love
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WATCH: 16 Awesome Library Scenes In Film

WATCH: 16 Awesome Library Scenes In Film | License to Read | Scoop.it
When news broke last week that Dan Brown's new novel will center on some sort of mystery surrounding Dante's Inferno, I immediately began hoping that there is a nutty, fun scene of Robert Langdon racing around a library just like he raced around...
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"Here’s how you can tell if a kid is going to grow up to be a life-long book nerd: they are more interested in the library in Beauty and the Beast than they are what happens with the rose and the sentient flatware."

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Rare Robert Frost Collection Surfaces 50 Years After His Death : NPR

Jonathan Reichert, professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo, has donated a rare collection of Robert Frost's letters, photographs and audio files to the school.
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"[A] poet gives you a metaphor and lets you wrestle with it."

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Copy Of 'The Scarlet Letter' Can't Believe The Notes High Schooler Writing In Margins

Copy Of 'The Scarlet Letter' Can't Believe The Notes High Schooler Writing In Margins | License to Read | Scoop.it
FOX CHAPEL, PA—A mass-market paperback edition of The Scarlet Letter confirmed Wednesday that it simply could not believe the misguided and often completely erroneous notes that local high school sophomore Phoebe Dobson has been writing in it...
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If books could talk...

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Insight from The Onion

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Which Shakespeare Character are You? | Quiz | Shakespeare Uncovered | PBS

Which Shakespeare Character are You? | Quiz | Shakespeare Uncovered | PBS | License to Read | Scoop.it
Answer all 7 questions to find out which Shakespeare character has a lot in common with you.
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"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything." - from "As You Like It"

 

Check out the upcoming programming on the home page as well. Macbeth with Ethan Hawke on Jan. 25, and Henry IV and V with Jeremy Irons, etc.

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Quiz: Jay-Z Lyric or Line From The Great Gatsby?

Quiz: Jay-Z Lyric or Line From The Great Gatsby? | License to Read | Scoop.it
There's a lot of thematic overlap.
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100% -- was there even a question? So very much looking forward to the movie.

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Johnny Depp Revives 'Don Quijote'

Johnny Depp Revives 'Don Quijote' | License to Read | Scoop.it
It seems like Johnny Depp's story with the legendary literary character, “Don Quijote de la Mancha,” has not come to an end.
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Enid Baines's curator insight, December 16, 2012 3:50 PM

Stumbled on this just as I was reading excerpts to use in class. Could be sort of a "Rum Diaries" sequel, just substituting romance novels for rum.

 

 

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WATCH: Zora Neale Hurston Talks Zombies

Yesterday was Zora Neale Hurston's birthday, so in honor of the famous author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, we found this video of a clip from a 1943 interview on the Mary Margaret McBride show where Hurston discusses zombies.
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Their Eyes Were Watching ... Zombies???

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Literary Iceland Revels In Its Annual 'Christmas Book Flood' : NPR

Literary Iceland Revels In Its Annual 'Christmas Book Flood' : NPR | License to Read | Scoop.it
Icelanders are voracious readers. Books have been the Christmas gift of choice in this small nation for decades. The annual "Book Flood" tradition begins with a publisher's catalog in every mailbox.
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"The book in Iceland is such an enormous gift, you give a physical book. You don't give e-books here," Loftsdottir says. 


Reading about Iceland's "Christmas Book Flood" while awaiting Indiana's booked blizzard.

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The 50 Most Popular Books For Teachers - Edudemic

The 50 Most Popular Books For Teachers - Edudemic | License to Read | Scoop.it
What are the best books for teachers? What are others reading? This new infographic visualizes exactly that and should be great for any teacher!
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Understatement of the year: "Chances are, you read a lot." 


"Why ARE All the Good Teachers Crazy?" -- gotta read that one for sure, followed by "How to Teach a Love of Reading Without Getting Fired." 




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50 Best Literary Insults

50 Best Literary Insults | License to Read | Scoop.it
As a nipper growing up our dear old Mum would beseech of us many things: Always wash behind your ears; Never eat three Shredded Wheat; and Never marry a lady taller than our good selves.
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Some of the best from this list:

 

THE DYING ANIMAL, PHILIP ROTH

"Stop worrying about growing old. And think about growing up."

 

ANNA KARENINA, LEO TOLSTOY

"He liked fishing and seemed to take pride in being able to like such a stupid occupation."

 

WUTHERING HEIGHTS, EMILY BRONTE

“You teach me now how cruel you've been—cruel and false. Why did you despise me? Why did you betray your own heart, Cathy? I have not one word of comfort. You deserve this. You have killed yourself. Yes, you may kiss me, and cry; and wring out my kisses and tears: they'll blight you—they'll damn you.”

 

WAITING FOR GODOT, SAMUEL BECKETT

“Critic!”

 

THE SUN ALSO RISES, ERNEST HEMINGWAY

“I misjudged you… You’re not a moron. You’re only a case of arrested development.”

 

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, TRUMAN CAPOTE

“It should take you about four seconds to walk from here to the door. I’ll give you two.”

 

THE CANTERBURY TALES, GEOFFREY CHAUCER

“Thou woldest make me kisse thyn old breech, And swere it were a relyk of a saint, Though it were with thy fundement depeint!… I wolde I hadde thy coillons in myn hond… Lat kutte hem of”

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, OSCAR WILDE

“I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result.”

 

PRIDE & PREJUDICE, JANE AUSTEN

“You are the last man in the world I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.”

 

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, EDWARD ALBEE

“In my mind, Martha, you are buried in cement right up to your neck. No… right up to your nose… that’s much quieter.”

 

LOSS OF BREATH, EDGAR ALLAN POE

"Thou wretch! - thou vixen! - thou shrew!" said I to my wife on the morning after our wedding, "thou witch! - thou hag! - thou whipper-snapper! - thou sink of iniquity - thou fiery-faced quintessence of all that is abominable! - thou - thou-"

 

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, JK ROWLING

"She is nuttier than squirrel poo."

 

THE LION AND THE UNICORN, GEORGE ORWELL

“He is simply a hole in the air.”

 

AS YOU LIKE IT, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

“I desire that we be better strangers."

 

TIMEQUAKE, KURT VONNEGUT

“If your brains were dynamite there wouldn’t be enough to blow your hat off.”

 

MATILDA, ROALD DAHL

“You blithering idiot! … You festering gumboil! You fleabitten fungus! … You bursting blister! You moth-eaten maggot!”

 

THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, J.D. SALINGER

“I told him he didn’t even care if a girl kept all her kings in the back row or not, and the reason he didn’t care was because he was a goddam stupid moron. He hated it when you called him a moron. All morons hate it when you call them a moron.”

 

KING LEAR, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

“Thou art a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liver’d, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mungril bitch.”

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15 Weird Christmas Books

15 Weird Christmas Books | License to Read | Scoop.it

"NASCAR Holiday 3" (were there two others? overdrive, indeed)

"Invasion of the Christmas Puddings"

"Mid-life Christmas"

"Santa Claus is Dead"

"Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Book"

"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies"

and what could be an annually updated "Scared of Santa"

 

These won't likely make my "Nice--To Read" list, but "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies" does boast an introduction...

 

 

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