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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Thug Notes: The Fellowship Of The Ring


Only part one so far…

The Internet is awash with literary criticism.  Sometimes the critics even use their whole ass.

I’ll let that sink in for a minute…

My favorite YouTube critic, Spanky Sweets, is actually rather good at criticism, so let’s see what he has to say about The Fellowship of the Ring after the cut…

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Video Time: Dune Explained


Frank Herbert’s Dune is considered a classic of science fiction, an epic novel that has legions of fans.

I didn’t care for it.  Most of the book seemed to be people thinking about what other people were thinking and knowing those people knew they were thinking about what they were thinking about, plus what looked a lot like space drug addiction.  Then there was a coup in the last 50 pages or so.  Also, on the podcast recently, Watson seemed to not know what it was.

Well, I found someone to explain the story for people who don’t know it and lack the time to read an 8,000 or so page novel.  See it behind the cut.  May contain harsh language.

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