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Actor Jack Gleeson, who played King Joffrey on Game of Thrones, said the scene he enjoyed the most after three seasons on the show, was when Joffrey’s corpse was lying on a plinth in the set with ceremonial stones covering his eyes, because he got to sleep for the whole day.

Jack Gleeson on Game of Thrones, the Time He Peed Himself on Set, and Why You Should Do Everything With Puppets Many of the actors who’ve died on Game of Thrones — and there are a lot of actors who have died on Game of Thrones — have moved onto Disney movies, superhero franchises, and …

Actor Jack Gleeson, who played King Joffrey on Game of Thrones, said the scene he enjoyed the most after three seasons on the show, was when Joffrey’s corpse was lying on a plinth in the set with ceremonial stones covering his eyes, because he got to sleep for the whole day. Read More »

When J.R.R. Tolkien’s son Michael signed up for the British army, he listed his father’s occupation as “Wizard”

Tolkien’s drawings reveal a wizard at work Writing convincing fantasy fiction is harder than it looks, argued J.R.R. Tolkien in an essay in 1947. Any old writer, he said, could describe a “green sun”. Many of them could even imagine it. But building a fantasy world “inside which the green sun will be credible…will certainly …

When J.R.R. Tolkien’s son Michael signed up for the British army, he listed his father’s occupation as “Wizard” Read More »

High priced college textbooks bundled with “access codes” that expire at the end of the semester largely force students to buy books at retail prices at campus bookstores and render the texts worthless in the resale market. Nearly four in 10 college courses bundle their texts with access codes.

These access codes largely force students to buy books at retail prices at campus bookstores and render the texts worthless in the resale market. “Students might have been able to resell the textbook in the past, but because the access code expires, it renders the textbook worthless.” Nearly four in 10 college courses bundled their …

High priced college textbooks bundled with “access codes” that expire at the end of the semester largely force students to buy books at retail prices at campus bookstores and render the texts worthless in the resale market. Nearly four in 10 college courses bundle their texts with access codes. Read More »

In 1920s Paris, James Joyce would get drunk, start fights, and then hide behind Ernest Hemingway for protection, screaming, “Deal with him, Hemingway!”

Published in the 1634 book A General History of Ireland by Geoffrey Keating, and Patrick Weston Joyce’s A History of Ireland in 1880, it was widely known. Two of the earliest and most influential vampire novels were written by Irishmen – Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, as well as Stoker’s classic – suggesting that local legend …

In 1920s Paris, James Joyce would get drunk, start fights, and then hide behind Ernest Hemingway for protection, screaming, “Deal with him, Hemingway!” Read More »