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  • They maybe small and quiet folk, but hobbits sure know how to throw a party! Since Bilbo and Frodo share a birthday, they like to have one giant bash, thrown by good ol’ Samwise. Don’t worry, Sam knows the key ingredients for throwing an epic hobbit party, so of course this shindig was a success.

  • Fathom Events is bringing a beautifully remastered version of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial back to the big screen for a special 35 anniversary event on September 17 and 20 only! We're positively over the MOON.

  • Idris Elba turns 44 this week and between the birthday cake and the sporadic bursts of confetti at the Quirk Book offices, we’re dreaming up ways to get our silver screen favorite into more literary adaptations. (The Dark Tower didn’t do it for us. Our dreams are bigger.) While we scheme up ways to get Idris Elba’s agent to call us back, here are a few literary adaptations that we would love to see him in.

  • It’s August 31, which means that Life is Strange: Before the Storm is upon us! This prequel to one of 2015’s breakout video games, Life is Strange, tells more of Chloe Price’s story. If you played LiS, you probably remember this blue-haired rebel, whom protagonist Max Caulfield saves from a murderous prep schooler by rewinding time.

    LiS is all about Max and Chloe’s exploration of Max’s new powers, which come in handy for the pair. They’re searching for Chloe’s friend Rachel, but ultimately dig up way more dirt than they intended on the small town of Arcadia Bay...which puts them in danger. Often.

    As we waited for Before the Storm, we got to thinking: what other characters would’ve benefited from Max’s powers? Plenty, we realized. Here are six characters whose lives would have been much easier if they’d just been able to travel a few minutes into the past.

  • We have apps that tell us where the moon is in its rotation and offer our friends sage with a straight face. We put our best ladies first and are glued to Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman’s Twitter feeds. We are the Basic Witches Jaya and Jess write about in their new book, aptly subtitled “How to summon success, banish drama, and raise hell with your coven.” To celebrate this book’s release, here are five of our favorite covens in pop culture.

  • Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian short story writer who paved the way for magical realism, would be 118 years old if he were alive today. Since he passed into the great labyrinthine library in the sky in 1986, though, we wanted to honor him by writing about all the ways this literary visionary lives on.

    Borges, who grew up in capital cities all over the globe, pioneered a dreamy, surreal kind of fiction that made him one of the most famous writers of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. He helped sci-fi and fantasy grow into the booming genres they are today, and he influenced writers as diverse as Grant Morrison, Italo Calvino, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, and Harlan Ellison.

    Here are a few examples of all the books, movies, and comics Borges made possible. Cheers, sir!

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