Maddy Foley
Maddy Foley is a Chicago-based writer-teacher-bookseller. Watch how many musical theater goofs she can retweet @maddy_efff

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11 Unexpected Feminist Protagonists From Classics

So much of what we consume, particularly fiction, is imbued with our own stories. That's the beauty of literature - it's a symbiotic relationship between writer and reader, between storyteller and listener. One of the best ways to gauge how much you've grown is to re-read a book, whether it's an old favorite or a high school reading assignment. Who knows, you might find some unexpected feminist protagonists hiding out in the classics. Growing up, I read extensively, but rarely dug deeper than t…

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Diversity In Carnegie Awards Is Missing — Again

In what can unfortunately be filed under "Not that surprising," the Carnegie Medal's 2017 longlist exclusively highlights white writers. This year, though, British artists are fighting back, calling for a boycott of the UK's oldest and most prestigious award for Young Adult and children's literature. In its 80-year run, neither the Carnegie Medal, nor its companion award, the Kate Greenaway medal for distinguished illustration, have been awarded to a writer of color. Sure, some of have been lon…

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These Dots Mean Something Special For Insta Posts

Social media technology has the mentality of a shark: keep moving forward, or die. Never one to sit in complacency for more than a few months, Instagram has announced a big-time, game changing update to their platform. If you opened Instagram this morning and wondered what the dots mean in Instagram gallery-style posts, don't worry — you're not alone. For starters, those dots mean you no longer have to create collages full of teeny tiny photos to fit within a single Instagram post yourself; the …

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The Best Blinking Guy Memes

Given the state of the, uh, world right now, it's hardly surprising that the next breakout meme for 2017 is a white dude blinking at the camera with a mix of confusion, irritation, and a touch of surprise. Since today is a Tuesday that feels like a Monday, and a winter day that feels like summer, here are the best Blinking Guy GIF memes, glancing uncomfortably into your soul. To be honest, it's rare that I'm out front on a new meme. It usually takes three to four weeks, just enough time for som…

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#WRAD17 Highlights Importance Of Reading To Kids

For many of us who have grown up as lifelong readers, we harbor memories of being read to by a loved one. But these are more than just cherished moments; studies have shown that being read aloud to helps foster literacy and aids in independent reading, in addition to strengthening communication skills, developing social bonds, and encouraging empathy. So today, on World Read Aloud Day 2017 (#WRAD17), take a moment to thank whoever was willing to read your favorite picture book with you 7,000 tim…

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Author Ahmed Naji Opens Up About Time In Jail

If you were thrown in jail for writing, would you succumb to cynicism, or would you keep pushing forward? When Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was imprisoned, it made him believe more in the power of literature. In an unprecedented trial, Naji was fined $1,000 and sentenced to two years in prison in 2016 after Akhbar al-Adab, a state-run literary magazine, published an excerpt from his 2014 novel The Use of Life. Following the publication, a male complainant stepped forward, accusing Naji and Akhb…

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The Health-Related Downside To Snow Storms

Snow days are great; snow shoveling is not. It's more than just a back-breaking annoyance, though. Turns out, snow shoveling is bad for your heart. Like, actually. Thanks to a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, what those of us cold-dwelling humans have suspected for a while has been confirmed: There's a definite link between snow storms and an increased, population-wide heart attack risk. Er, at least, there's an increase in heart attacks among men. So why is th…

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PSA: You Actually Have 3 Signs In Astrology

Regardless of whether you buy into astrology or not, there's a good chance you know your personal answer to the question, "What's your sign?" But it turns out that answer may not be actually be as simple as "Libra" or "Pisces." Do you know the difference between your Sun, Moon and Rising signs? Together, they create a much more nuanced portrait of a person. If you've ever felt disconnected to the characteristics of your "sign," this may explain why. The practice of astrology that most of us in…

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These Little-Known Websites Are Super Useful

Look, the internet is great. No one knows that more than Millennials, who literally grew up with it. But every so often, we find ourselves in an "internet rut." If you've just been ping-ponging between Seamless, Facebook, and Etsy for the past few weeks (or, like, months, whatever, no one's counting), then check out these little-known websites that are unbelievably useful. Let the internet do some work for you for once, you know? In an AskReddit thread posted on Sunday, Redditor u/contumac pose…

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How To Send Valentines On Facebook

To quote the great Leslie Knope, Feb. 13 is a day for "Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lillith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas." Facebook must have gotten the memo, because today they rolled out the ability to send Valentines (or, you know, "Galentines") to all your best and brightest. Here's how to send Valentines on Facebook, because if there ever was a time to spread the love, it's now. For this adorable little venture, Facebook has teamed with 10 artists and illustrators from New…

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