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The Private Lives of Authors: Theodor ‘Dr Seuss’ Geisel

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Theodor Geisel is best known as the master of zany characters and clever rhymes; the father of creations such as Fox in Socks, and The Cat in the Hat: Dr Seuss.

Before he created the writer-persona of Dr Seuss, Geisel was an artist of another kind. In his spare time he created sculptures of interesting and strange creatures, using parts of real animals. Of course it is not as grotesque as it sounds- the animal parts were given to Theodor after the animals died of natural causes. His father was the superintendent of parks in Massachusetts at the time when a young Geisel was working as a fledgling author and illustrator. When zoo and park animals crossed the rainbow bridge, Geisel’s father sent him the various animals’ parts to help him create some whacky characters.

Horns, antlers, beaks, and all sorts were used by Geisel to build some of the most fantastical animals that, unsurprisingly, look like they have jumped straight out of a Dr Seuss picture book.

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Authors and Writers Offer Unique Funeral Service

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Writer Dana Schwartz has come up with a unique business model- Mysterious Funeral Goer.

The author of And We’re Off, and memoir Choose Your Own Disaster, offered to stand at the back of a funeral with a massive black umbrella, looking mysterious. For a small fee, of course.

Fellow authors and humorists of Twitter, including our favourite Neil Gaiman, got involved to either take her up on the offer or to join the enterprise. A surprising amount of people were up for it, prompting Schwartz to promote her latest book in place of Venmo donations.

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Remus the Dog: Fully Trained in Potter Spells

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Harry Potter is super cool, and this is the Internet so we know you all love puppies and this blog contains a combination of both of those things! Remus the dog is the latest Instagram sensation and he’s not only abso-bloody-lutely adorable, but he’s also fully trained in Harry Potter spells!

Remus is a longhaired mini dachshund, his Instagram profile tells us he “loves belly rubs, and hates full moons” and it’s packed with adorable videos and images of this Harry Potter loving pooch.
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YA author pokes fun at Hogwarts’ strange methods

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Author L.L. McKinney is a young adult writer and certified nerdy gamer with a deep and abiding love for science fiction and fantasy. One her passions includes the J.K. Rowling’s magical world of Harry Potter, and all the olde-worlde tech and mystical shortcuts it contains.

Imagining herself as a Hogwarts student (and assigned to Gryffindor by the Sorting Hat, of course), McKinney found she may get into a spot of bother by pointing out some illogical practises the school implements. Why use parchment when a spiral notebook is far more practical? Since when is a quill better than an actual pen? Why did the students have to revert to such old fashioned techniques just because they’re at a magical school?

Although written with humour and a tongue set firmly in cheek, the author does have some excellent points…

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Reader Illustrates a Mini Cover for Every Book He Read in 2018

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Some readers might make annotations in the margins of books they’re reading in order to better understand the characters, themes, and plot-lines, but one man has taken to creating mini covers for each book he reads. James is an Australian who now teaches in the United States and, in 2018, he decided that he would create a mini cover for each book in order to motivate his reading and to encourage himself to reflect on what he’d read. James shared his work on Reddit, where it quickly blew up. Take a look at his alternative covers, we think they’re good enough to be the real deal.
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High School Transforms Hallways Into Iconic Book Covers

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A novel way to encourage reading, Mundelein High School District 120, Chicago, Illinois have transformed their English department hallway into an amazing learning environment.

Using walls either side of the classroom doorways which jut out like book spines, this High school have turned their corridor into a bookshelf-esque line-up just in time for students returning from their Christmas break in January. In a post on Facebook the High School explained, “A Routine hallway has been transformed into a giant motivational tableau to encourage reading.”

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Have you ever thought Voldemort was a bit sexy..?

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Voldemort isn’t sexy, right? I think we can agree that the alien-like smoothness, eerie pale pallor, and snakey slit nostrils are not hot… Until now.

Florida Man, drag queen and burlesque performer, offered us a side of Voldemort we have not seen for…ever. At an Ariana Grande tribute night the fantastic artist gave the audience the ultimate Potter-themed treat, complete with wand fight and special lighting effects. Florida Man’s perfect lip-syncing made the show all the more authentic, and ends with a spectacular kiss between the villain and his foe.

Check out Florida Man’s video below, go and send them some love on their Insta or Twitter.

We have also included a few other Harry Potter-themed burlesque routines (there are literally HUNDREDS of them on YouTube) for your shock/amazement/titillation.

You are welcome?

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Literary Coins to look out for in 2019

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Literary characters and figures are no strangers to being on British currency, in previous years we’ve seen; Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Jemima Puddleduck, Michael Bond’s Paddington Bear, and a full collection of Shakespeare coins. We’ve also seen author, Jane Austen make it onto a bank note thanks to feminist activist Caroline Criado-Perez.

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“Reader I Said Yes” – A Literary Proposal

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On Christmas Day, Julia Ember (@Jules_chronicles), author of The Seafarer’s Kiss, posted a heart-warming proposal announcement, writing “Reader I said yes” – a nod to the quote “Reader I married him” from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. This was not the only thing literary about the proposal though.

Julia’s girlfriend and now fiancé, Sophie, had arranged a very bookish surprise, telling Julia, “I’m getting you a really special book!” and keeping the rest a secret until the big day.
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10 Jokes Only Reading Addicts Will Understand

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Reading Addicts are refined and high brow people with a sophisticated sense of humour… Usually.

Ok who are we kidding- you love the puerile, pun-tastic, and perfectly poor taste joke as much as the next person. The only difference is that we Reading Addicts occasionally mix a little literary knowledge into their humour, and come up with some jokes only fellow readers will understand.

How many of the following literary jokes do you understand? And can you come up with any more?

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