The Week’s Most Popular Posts: April 6 -12, 2013

The most popular posts from the week that was…

If I were to have you guess novels based on their first lines, chances are you probably would do pretty well. For classic books, the first line becomes a sort of icon for the book, in many ways as recognizable and memorable as the plot and characters. But how well do you know the second lines of those greats? Time for a little quiz.

Play Guess These Famous Novels By Their Second Lines by Jeff O’Neal


I want very much for my favourite writers to write books, and I often make the choice to support that by purchasing their books.  Sometimes in more than one form. Sometimes in multiple copies as gifts. But I don’t owe my favourite writers those things.

from Readers Don’t Owe Authors Sh*t by Brenna Clarke Gray


Whether you’re in it for the challenge or for the nostalgia of days spent determining your future via the Cosmo multiple-choice, it’s hard to resist a quiz.

from 25 Fun Bookish Quizzes by Rebecca Joines Schinsky


S01E07: Call of the Simpsons

Another literary title, this one making reference to JACK LONDON’s novella THE CALL OF THE WILD. In London’s story, a domestic dog has to learn to live in the wild; in this episode, The Simpsons clan have to learn to live in the wild when a camping trip goes horribly wrong (and Maggie joins a family of bears).

There’s a great parody of the tabloid newspaper industry as Marge tries to clear up rumours that Homer is actually Bigfoot.

homer as bigfoot

from A Compendium of Literary References on the Simpsons: Season 1 by Brenna Clarke Gray


And the most popular post of the week from Food Riot…

2. Cafe Central (Vienna)

cafe central

Coffee came to Europe through Switzerland, where legend has it that a retreating Turkish army left huge bags of coffee behind. Of all the European capitols, though,  Vienna has perhaps the most robust coffee history–one directly connected to world events. Cafe Central was the haunt of thinkers that would profoundly change the Western world, from Sigmund Freud to Vladimir Lenin….to one young Adolf Hitler. Closed for several decades after World War II, Cafe Central has been completely renovated and is a popular spot with both locals and tourists.

from 7 Coffee Shops to Visit Before You Die by Jeff O’Neal
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In 1975, Truman Capote published a short story that ended his literary career. Listen to Annotated on Apple Podcasts or Google Play to hear how.