Don’t Trust These Literary Cooks


Literature can create memorable meals for all the best reasons and all the worse reasons too. Sometimes the most wonderful cooks in literature lose their loyal culinary fan base due to some of their unsavory delights. The following literary chefs should have the power to make readers feel pangs of hunger but might only succeed in making their stomachs turn.
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A Literary Look at the Whoniverse

The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) has finally received the keys to the TARDIS and Doctor Who has regenerated again. With all the excitement about Doctor Who, I thought it would be interesting to note some of the clever literary references hidden inside the travels of a certain police box. As an added bonus,  it will be nice to see an article this week where you don’t have to worry about any spoilers.
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5 Books, 1 Similarity: The Literate Musical

The Books:

The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant Douglass Wallop

“The String of Pearls” Thomas Preskett Prest

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal Roy Horniman

Legally Blonde Amanda Brown


Les Misérables , Phantom of the Opera, Peter Pan, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz, and so many musicals all share one important thing in common; they all had a literary start. Books are an amazing source of fodder for musicals, brought us some truly amazing classics like Ragtime and Man of La Mancha, and continue to bring us new musicals such as Matilda and The Color Purple. So this list honors some of the musical literary connections that might not be as well known but should definitely be recognized.
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OnePageCloser to… Having Fun with Details

To make readers translate the fiction written on the page into truth, writers have to produce details. Details are like scalpels. In the right hands, they’re very effective. In the wrong hands, they’re very dangerous. The way that a writer describes a character can bring him or her to life, end up reading like a laundry list, sound too cliché, make readers put down a book unfinished, or any one of many other possible situations.

Below are some examples of techniques I enjoy seeing writers use to make their fictitious lies seem a little bit more like truths:

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