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Haters Gonna Versificate: Some of Our Favorite Poetic Insults for National Poetry Month

Poems can invoke the deepest of emotions, the most beautiful of sentiments, but they can also pack a huge, insulting punch. There’s something about the form—maybe the lilt, the rhythm—that lends itself perfectly to derision and condescension. Need to tell someone that they’re beneath you? A short story won’t do. Want to skewer your professional rival? Veiled allusions in your novel aren’t going to cut it. What you need is a good meter to set your scorn to.

Since April is National Poetry Month, let’s explore the poems that expertly take their targets’ ego and grind it under their perfectly cadenced heel.

Hello, I'm Quirk E. Newsletter!

Why hello there, Quirk readers. 

Please, allow me a moment to introduce myself. My name is Quirk E. Newsletter. I'm a monocle wearing cat who enjoys the finer things in life. Wide-brimmed top hats, leather-bound books, bronze monocles, and newsletters that are sent out monthly via an electronic mailing service.

Five Incredibly Dysfunctional Families in Literature

Stop biting yourself! Stop biting yourself! Mooooom!

Like it or not, you can't choose the family you're related to by blood. It just... happens. And most of the time, it turns out pretty good.

But some families are so poisonous that it isn't just bad to be a part of the clan. It's also bad to be associated with them in any way, even from the outside. Below is a list of families that I wouldn't want to be a part of, but equally as importantly, wouldn't want my circles to intersect with in any way. They're that bad.

Ten of Our Favorite Baseball Books

"[I]t's our game; that's the chief fact in connection with it: America's game; it has the snap, go, fling of the American atmosphere; it belongs as much to our institutions, fits into them as significantly as our Constitution's laws; is just as important in the sum total of our historic life." -- Walt Whitman

My friends and I love baseball. Simply put. Each year, we make predictions about the playoffs and the various titles. During the season, we never fail to talk about the latest baseball news—injuries, trades, and other developments. With Opening Day the other day, our talk recently turned to great baseball books. So I’ve compiled a list of what we think are the ten best. The list runs the gamut from fiction to memoir to historical study on topics both broad and specific.

Quirk Heads to C2E2: All Your Deep Dish Pizza Are Belong To Us (Also, A Giveaway!)

Convention season is upon us, Quirk fans. And we are psyched. We love heading to these events, and spending time with all of you! 

This month, we're heading off to C2E2 in Chicago from April 25th to April 27th. You'll be able to find me and Nicole De Jackmo at Booth #520, selling books, giving away swag, and dishing out high fives galore. 

Now, on to what we've got planned.

SWAG: Over the course of the convention, we'll be giving away plenty of fun Quirk totebags (for you to lug all your other swag around in, of course) and tons of posters, including posters for The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity, and Nick & Tesla's High-Voltage Danger Lab

BOOKS: We're bringing plenty of our fan favorites, including signed copies of Ransom Riggs' Hollow City and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

SIGNINGS: On Saturday, April 26th, some guy named Eric Smith will be signing copies of The Geek's Guide to Dating at 2:30pm at our booth.

And on Sunday, April 27th, Ian Doescher will be signing William Shakespeare's Star Wars and The Empire Striketh Back at 2:45pm. He'll also be on a panel from 1:15pm to 2:15pm in room S403. 

April Book Giveaways: The Empire Striketh Back, The Jedi Doth Return, World of Trouble, & More!

Another month, another bundle of giveaways!

This month, there are a lot of fun chances to win ARCs of books that aren't coming out until the Fall! This includes Nick & Tesla's Super Cyborg Gadget Glove by Science Bob and Steve Hockensmith, Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix, and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher! 

You can also wrangle up some signed copies of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying by Carol Leifer by How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity by Patricia Carlin and Dustin Fenstermacher.

Finished copies of Tic-Tac-Tome by Willy Yonkers are also up for grabs. As always, if you're a blogger interested in scoring a copy of any of these, for your website, YouTube channel, whatever, feel free to shoot me an email at


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