Do your best: online study guides

Struggling with Pride and Prejudice? Have a class discussion on Hamlet and no idea what to say? Do a bit of extra reading and get the clues you need--free and online. A bit of reading and research can increase your understanding--and your grade! Check out the following websites for extra help: SparkNotes: No Fear Shakespeare! "Created by Harvard students for students everywhere" these free online guides can help you deepen your understanding of a text, decide what to write on a paper, help you speak intelligently in class, and impress your friends." Subjects:…continue reading →

Grab a book on your break

Spring Break is here - time to pick up some vacation reading! Here are two suggestions. Lethal Legacy Murder in the library? The New York Public Library? Not quite, but the NYPL is the setting for much of Linda Fairstein's 11th legal thriller starring sleuth Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper. Cooper thinks she is investigating an assault/ homicide on the Upper East Side but that quickly morphs into much more, involving rare book collectors and antique map collections. She ends up in pitch black darkness, far below the famous 5th Avenue Public Library,…continue reading →

Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-code Hollywood

Mark Vieira's book Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood, published in 1999, offers a fascinating window into a Hollywood era that many people know little about.  It focuses on films made between 1929 and 1934 when studio filmmakers often ignored what became known as the Hays Code. This was basically an attempt by the major studios to head off government censorship by establishing their own code of conduct and enforcement body. In that sense, the term pre-code is a bit of a misnomer , as the code was in place by 1930, but not actively enforced until the summer of 1934. Before rigid…continue reading →

A People’s History of American Empire: A Graphic Adaptation

Ever sat through a long history lecture on kings or presidents and thought, "There must be more to the story?" Or even "What was everyone ELSE doing when Washington and his friends were crossing the Delaware?" A Peoples' History of the American Empire tells the real tale--the grassroots history--in graphic form (graphic=sequential art or comic book style). This is history with grit, drama and pictures. The book begins with the modern pain of 9/11, then jumps backwards to the Massacre at Wounded Knee, surveys World War I, Vietnam and looks at the US…continue reading →

Never miss a thing with RSS

Technology should make your life more efficient and simple, right? And until personal robot assistants are available, make RSS feeds YOUR personal information tool. What is RSS? RSS is how you can get it together and Get Things Done. RSS is an acronym that few agree on. Really Simple Syndication Rich Site Summary RDF Site Summary Read Some Stories But like many pieces of modern technology, you do not need to know how it is built to make it work for you. (Think of a car; do you need to know how an…continue reading →