Thug Notes is the funniest and smartest lit analysis on the Web

You really can’t judge this book by its cover. 

Mar 2, 2020, 5:40 pm*

Internet Culture


Gaby Dunn

When SparkNotes is too boring and reading takes too long, try Thug Notes. Thug Notes is a popular new YouTube series in which a fellow named Sparky Sweet tells you everything you need to know about classic literature.

Sweet, in a do-rag and chains, calls Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird “my homegirl” and Jay Gatsby a “rich-ass cracker.” Then he offers winning analyses of the motifs, themes, and deeper meaning. You could lift anything he says, repeat it in a high school English class, and look damn smart doing it. 

Not only is the show informative, it’s also hilarious and well-acted. In between bits of thugged-out realness, there are morsels of usable insight into classic literature like The Great Gatsby, Crime and Punishment, and To Kill a Mockingbird

You really can’t judge this book by its cover. 

There are only three episodes so far, but as many of the commenters noted, the show is poised to become a huge hit.

A classic, if you will.

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*First Published: Jun 25, 2013, 11:21 am