13 Famous Literary Houses

Famous houses abound in literature. Did your favorite literary house make the list? 221B Baker Street from A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1887). Is this the world's most famous address which belongs to the world's most famous sleuth? Manderey from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1938). One of the most famous…
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They: 2019’s Word of the Year!

After over 600 years of being used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun, last year they became Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year. In September 2019 Merriam-Webster officially added the nonbinary pronoun sense of they to the dictionary. Merriam-Webster includes a definition of they as "used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is nonbinary." Want to learn more? Read Merriam-Webster's deep…
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9 Dark Fantasy Read-Alikes for Fans of the Witcher Series

What do you do when you’ve read the Witcher Saga, played the video game and are waiting to binge the upcoming Witcher series on Netflix? You find another fantasy world to explore! You’re likely already familiar with some of the big names in epic fantasy—J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson. (If you’re not, check them out!) So, we’re recommending modern sword…
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Ukuleles are hot!

The ukulele (Hawaiian for “jumping flea”) is a small, plucked string instrument largely associated with Hawaii, but that is not where the instrument was born. Instead, it was brought over from the island of Madeira off the coast of northwest Africa in the 1870’s by Portuguese immigrants. Three Madeiran cabinetmakers arrived in Hawaii in 1879…
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The Native Occupation of Alcatraz—Looking Back 50 Years Later

As we approach Thanksgiving, it behooves us to remember the 50th anniversary of the nineteen-month occupation of Alcatraz by the Native American group, Indians of All Tribes (IOAT). Ten thousand years before Americans of European descent spread across what is now known as the United States of America, Alcatraz had been continuously used as a…
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