Thug Notes: Beowulf


A couple hours ago, I posted a trailer for the new Beowulf mini-series on the Esquire Network.

There really is an Esquire Network?  Oh well.

Anyway, if you’re not familiar with it, let my favorite YouTube literary critic Sparky Sweets explain it.  See his explanation after the cut.

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Geek Lit: Thug Notes


images-4One of my favorite YouTube personalities is Sparky Sweets, Ph.D.  Sparky hosts “Thug Notes” for the Wisecrack YouTube channel.  The premise is simple:  Sparky, dressed like something out of a stereotypical rap video, presents a summary and analysis of a classic (or sometimes recent) work of literature.  He does so while speaking “gangsta”.

As it turns out, Sparky’s analysis is actually generally spot on.  It would be one thing for Sparky to make comments about various books to suggest he has no clue what he is talking about.  Instead, the joke is Sparky is a very well-read fellow with a good mind for great books.  He just uses a style of language generally not associated with academia.

But hey, what’s this about a Thug Notes book?

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