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

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

 

Gaby Dunn

Internet Culture

Published Jun 25, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 12:44 pm CDT

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.

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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. 

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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.

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A classic, if you will.

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