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Welcome to Thebes, Shmoopers. The population of this town is pretty thickly doomed--when they're not sleeping with their own mothers (lookin' at you, Oedipus) or acting all high and mighty and assuming that their legislation is far better than the gods' (cough, Creon, cough cough), they're burying their brother when devoting their brother is forbidden--c'mon, Antigone; we've been over this. Antigone is the third volume in what is maybe the most messed up Greek tragic trilogy of all time:......Read More
Let us face it: there's a whole lot about this crazy merry-go-round that we call life which may give us the impression that we've taken a couple too many mad pills. So here is the real question: what do you do about that atmosphere? Well, if you're Joseph Heller, you compose Catch-22, one of the most influential books of all time and a powerful indictment of humankind's most mad practice: warfare. The book--Heller's most famous by far--was printed in 1961, at a time when America was between 2......Read More
Gary Paulsen is a successful graduate of the college of hard knocks. From a young age, he was fending for himself, working odd jobs and camping out in the woods alone for months at a time. He has run the Iditarod (the famously grueling, 1,049-mile Alaskan sled-dog race) three times, trained horses at New Mexico, sailed around the Pacific at a beat-up sailboat, also dwelt in some of the harshest environments in the world. Oh, and college definitely wasn't his thing: he flunked from ninth grade,......Read More
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