Invisible Man: Crash Course Literature 308

Invisible Man: Crash Course Literature 308

Hi I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature and today we’re discussing Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, which is not the H.G. Wells novel from 1897, THE Invisible Man. That’s a different book. This one came out in 1952, won the national book award that year. And it’s less about science experiments gone wrong, more […]

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Was Gatsby Great? The Great Gatsby Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #5

Was Gatsby Great? The Great Gatsby Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #5

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and this is The Great Gatsby. This novel barely makes it to 200 pages even with rather large print, and yet it’s so magnificently complex and rich that we can’t possibly do it justice in two videos so today we’re gonna focus on a specific question: […]

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Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 4: Plot

Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 4: Plot

We speak student! Power in Literature: Plot a la Shmoop. We’ve thought through symbols, settings, and themes. so one of the words that we’ve used a couple times is plot What is plot? Plot is, plain and simple the narrative arc of the story it’s what happens there’s a very famous way to map the […]

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1984 by George Orwell, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 401

1984 by George Orwell, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 401

Hi I’m John Green and welcome to season 4 of CrashCourse literature. Today, we’re transporting you to one of my favorite (slash least favorite) dystopias, George Orwell’s 1984. I feel like that eye is looking at me. The book starts like this: It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking […]

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Tilman Fertitta on a culture of excellence

Tilman Fertitta on a culture of excellence

[FERTITTA] The one thing that everybody that becomes successful, don’t ever change what brought you there. And the one thing that everybody that’s close to me, Tilman is no different today, worth five billion dollars, than he was when he was worth 500,000 dollars. I was walking floors at the Post Oak Hotel, room service […]

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LITERATURE – Jane Austen

LITERATURE – Jane Austen

Jane Austen is loved mainly as a guide to fashionable life in the Regency period, but her own vision of her task was radically different. She was an ambitious and stern moralist. She was acutely conscience of human failings and wanted, through her novels, to make people less selfish and more reasonable. More dignified, and […]

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Things Fall Apart, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 209

Things Fall Apart, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 209

Hi I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and today we continue our discussion of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! I can’t even believe we’re spending two weeks on this book. Like, it’s about as long as a Babysitter’s Club book. Okay, couple things, Me From the Past. First off, […]

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The Yellow Wallpaper: Crash Course Literature #407

The Yellow Wallpaper: Crash Course Literature #407

Hi, I’m John Green and this is Crash Course Literature. So for the last few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about Dystopias, imaginary societies gone wrong. Like George Orwell’s “1984” is a world of war, surveillance, and mind control. “The Handmaid’s Tale” portrays a toxic landscape in which healthy women are forced to produce […]

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10 More On TV As Platform And Podium from “Why The Monkees Matter: Even 50 Years Later

10 More On TV As Platform And Podium from “Why The Monkees Matter: Even 50 Years Later

This is a quote by Peter obviously. Who knows who’s sitting behind him? Janis Joplin. These guys were friends. So there’s also this ridiculous myth that nobody in music like The Monkees back then. That’s all not true. They lived in Laurel Canyon which is an area right above Hollywood. They had houses next to […]

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Letters About Literature 2019 Level 1 Winner: Asha Blewett

Letters About Literature 2019 Level 1 Winner: Asha Blewett

Dear Miss Deborah Ellis, If you took one good look at me you would see a petite overlooked twelve-year-old girl struggling to find her own path. Three months ago I found myself stumbling upon a small dark blue book with a girl looking from behind a fence and the bright words Moon at Nine illuminated […]

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