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The Week’s Most Popular Posts: February 9-15, 2013

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The iconic blue cover of The Great Gatsby was completed before the manuscript.

Designed by the Spanish artist Francis Cugat (who later had a prosperous career designing posters and graphic material for the movie star Douglass Fairbanks), Fitzgerald was so taken with the image of a woman’s eyes crying a single tear above a city skyline that legend has it the description of Daisy Buchanan as the “girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs” was inspired by it and written into the book.

-from Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Books and Authors You Had to Read in High School by Kevin Smokler

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2. “So what is it? You’re still sore I never read Moby Dick?” — Jake Taylor, in Major League

(Fellas, is your lady hassling you for something that’s not your fault? Use this quote, and you’re guaranteed to defuse any argument. I mean, probably.)

-from Top 10 Stupid Movie Quotes About Reading by Greg Zimmerman

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For people who hate lugging around extra glasses in their purses or cars, these slip right into the wallet so you’ll have reading glasses on the go. This paired with your favorite reading app on the phone makes impromptu reading sessions while waiting easier than ever!

-from 5 Reading Gadgets You Need Right Now by Wallace Yovetich

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ernest hemingway and martha gellhornMartha Gellhorn + Ernest Hemingway

How they met: In 1936, Gellhorn spent Christmas in Key West, Florida, with her family—and they all bumped into Hemingway in Sloppy Joe’s bar. Hemingway, then married to Wife #2, Pauline, was already a world-renowned author. Gellhorn was a striking blonde journalist and had recently published The Trouble I’ve Seen, an eyewitness account of desperate Americans during the Depression.

-from 7 Favorite Author Couples by Jennifer Paul