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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is about the style of living in the 1920's, during great economic prosperity. The book entails twisted love affairs and close relationships while revealing the true identity of The American Dream. The book depicts the lifestyles of the wealthy and how they got away with everything, the middle class' simple lifestyle, and the lackluster life of the lower class people. The main character, Jay Gatsby, has spent most of his life chasing after a girl named Daisy, moving across the country just to live next to her. He is one of the wealthiest men in New York, and despite all his wealth, all he wants is to have Daisy Buchanan--even though she is currently married. Despite all his efforts, he is never able to achieve his true American Dream--perhaps because it never existed. Throughout the book, the reader gets more involved in many characters' lives and secrets, such as Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, and Nick. I recommend this book because it is a true American Classic, and a lot can be learned from it. This book really helps describe the lifestyle people lived during the 1920's with prohibition and shows how much life has changed since that time period. Also, the twisted love affair problems throughout the book really leave the reader wondering what might happen next and why some actions took place. I really recommend it to anyone looking for a good read. You would like this book if you like… twisted love affairs; realism; The American Dream; true American Classics; and allusions, symbolism, & irony.

- Ryan, RRHS Student

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Towel Day: May 25th!

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Towel Day is an annual tribute to Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy .   In 2001, after Adams' passing, his fans wanted to organize some kind of celebration in his honor, and after its initial success, it became an annual event. Hence, on that day, fans everywhere carry a towel in his honor. 

Why a towel?
According to the guide "a towel ... is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly, it has great practical value.... More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value."

Want to get involved?
  • Help get the word out through social media (#towelday).
  • Inform the good people at about events you organize, and they'll announce them on the site.
  • Carry a towel everywhere on Towel Day!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Two Sides of the Same Coin

Much like Asimov's "Dial Versus Digital" failed to accurately depict the future of our society, those who would pit digital books against print editions, fail to recognize the larger context. Reading is reading regardless of the format. In Print Books and Digital Books Are Not at War, Amy McGuire succinctly explains that both formats not only can, and do, co-exist harmoniously but that this argument creates a false dichotomy. Keep reading - in whatever form it takes!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Summer is coming...

Comic: A Word from Sophia by

Looking for a good book? Try reading this comic-style book talk of A Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck and Yasmeen Ismail.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Comic: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson

Looking for a good book? Try reading this comic-style book talk of The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson.

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Book Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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I love how Ray Bradbury tells Fahrenheit 451. In this book, fire fighters go around searching people’s houses to see if they have books. And if they do, the firefighters burn their houses down. But, one man tries to beat the system and has to flee the city to avoid jail. You would like this book if you like… The Giver.

- John, RRHS Student

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you...

Despite all of its current commercialism, Stars Wars Day - May the 4th - is a tradition that actually started with the fanbase; revelling in punnery, fans chose it as the day to celebrate their love for the movies and the expanded universe. Grassroots efforts resulted in the first large-scale, organized event on May 4th, 2011 at the Toronto Underground Cinema where there were movie screenings and a costume contest. Unfortunately, until Disney purchased Lucasfilm, Star Wars Day didn’t have the kind of following that it does today. During its first full year in charge of the franchise, Disney bolstered the celebration’s mainstream cultural currency by inviting fans to partake in special events and celebrate at its theme parks. Nonetheless, much like other commercialized holidays--I’m looking at you Valentine’s Day--we, the fans, have the ability (ney the obligation!) to spread the gospel despite those who would exploit it and keep its true meaning sacred in our hearts. And of course… “May the 4th be with you.”

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