“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
— Groucho Marx

What if Dogs Wrote Classic Novels?

The greatest things in the world are, in no particular order, dogs and books. Groucho Marx put it best: “outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”

But what if you could multiply the best-frienditude and put adorable canines in literature?! Or, as Xzibit would say, “Yo dawg, we heard you like dogs, so we put dogs in your book so you can dog while you dog. Dogs!” Here are six brilliant reimaginings of pup-ular novels.

Moby Bone: An obvious choice: dogs are really into finding bones, Ahab is really into finding whales, bones and whales are both white and…live in the sea, sort of? It works. We also just love that doggie sailor outfit.

The Fetcher in the Rye: Holden Caulfield is practically a dog already: he loves whining and looking at ducks and running through fields. Sample dialogue: “Woof woof, bark bark, ya damn phonies.”

A Walk to Remember: It was warm out, the leash was comfortable, there were tons of good smells, and Mandy Moore was somehow involved.

I, Marley: Finally, the “world’s worst dog” gets to take the story into his own paws. Be sure to have tissues ready for the heartrending final chapter when Marley has to bury his owner’s corpse on the family farm.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Puppies: It is a truth universally acknowledge that the original version of this book did not have enough dogs.

Dog with a Blog-to-Book Deal: If there is actually a dog out there that is sentient enough to maintain a regularly-updated weblog, PLEASE CALL US NOW YOUR CONTRACT IS WAITING.

“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”
— Neil Gaiman

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Are you guys going to have fall internships this year?

A

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Happy birthday to Ernest Hemingway who was born on this date in 1899! He leaves behind some classic novels and plenty of wisdom, albeit a bit booze-saturated (i.e. the whole “Write drunk, edit sober” mantra). Happy birthday to Ernest Hemingway who was born on this date in 1899! He leaves behind some classic novels and plenty of wisdom, albeit a bit booze-saturated (i.e. the whole “Write drunk, edit sober” mantra).

Happy birthday to Ernest Hemingway who was born on this date in 1899! He leaves behind some classic novels and plenty of wisdom, albeit a bit booze-saturated (i.e. the whole “Write drunk, edit sober” mantra).

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It’s been a while since we posted a giveaway!

We came across a bunch of Quirk branded watches that we made YEARS ago, and today, we’re giving them away!

Head over to our Facebook to enter. Each winner will score a watch AND The Last Policeman trilogy! Three books! 

Go enter! https://www.facebook.com/QuirkBooks?sk=app_228910107186452

Happy ThrowBOOK Thursday! Today’s post is just in time for the 60th (well, 63rd) anniversary of J.D. Salinger’s classic coming-of-age story, The Catcher in the Rye, which was yesterday.
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is when the book was published, which was July 16, 1951. Since then, Holden Caulfield has become a household name and continued to teach readers about independence, the difficulties of growing up and that red hunting hats will always be in style. Laced with expletives and “for Chrissake”s, Holden tells his story honestly and candidly albeit a bit unreliably (thank you, high school English class), and the unique style is what sticks with people the most. So don’t be a phony, and go reread this classic to celebrate today!
Here are 5 famous quotes from Catcher in the Rye: 
1. “Sometimes I act a lot older than I am – I really do – but people never notice it. People never notice anything.”
2. “Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.” 
3. “I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.”
4. “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
5. “What really knocks me out it is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”

Happy ThrowBOOK Thursday! Today’s post is just in time for the 60th (well, 63rd) anniversary of J.D. Salinger’s classic coming-of-age story, The Catcher in the Rye, which was yesterday.

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is when the book was published, which was July 16, 1951. Since then, Holden Caulfield has become a household name and continued to teach readers about independence, the difficulties of growing up and that red hunting hats will always be in style. Laced with expletives and “for Chrissake”s, Holden tells his story honestly and candidly albeit a bit unreliably (thank you, high school English class), and the unique style is what sticks with people the most. So don’t be a phony, and go reread this classic to celebrate today!

Here are 5 famous quotes from Catcher in the Rye:

1. “Sometimes I act a lot older than I am – I really do – but people never notice it. People never notice anything.

2. “Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.” 

3. “I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.

4. “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

5. “What really knocks me out it is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.

A peek inside the Quirk HQ. Yes, this is what an editor’s coffee mug looks like.