25 Feb 2009 /

I posted something on Twitter about helping my son with The Great Gatsby and got what you might call a spam reply from this girl, who said “have u tried for The Great Gatsby?”

Evidently Shmoop, which I’d never heard of, has people hanging out on Twitter waiting for someone to mention a book, at which point they send back a “have u tried …” reply.

Lest you think that’s a totally ineffective thing to do, I actually did click over to the Shmoop entry on The Great Gatsby, which starts off like this:

The Great Gatsby is a delightful concoction of MTV Cribs, VH1’s The Fabulous Life Of…, and HBO’s Sopranos. Shake over ice, add a twist of jazz, a spritz of adultery, and the little pink umbrella that completes this long island iced tea and you’ve got yourself a 5 o’clock beverage that, given the 1920’s setting, you wouldn’t be allowed to drink.

So it’s a little bit more hip than Cliffs Notes. I haven’t seen enough of it yet to know if I really like it, but I like it . . .

4 Comments on Shmoop »

  1. mike

    26 Feb 2009 @ 5:11 am

    shmoop sounds like you—this would be a great startup for you

    • PE


      26 Feb 2009 @ 9:27 am

      Thanks Mike but I wouldn’t be able to provide the snappy pop culture references. I’ve never watched VH1 or The Sopranos. I’ve seen MTV Cribs a couple times when my son had it on but I was thinking that a more entertaining show would be MTV Cribs: 10 Years After, where they go back after the homeowners have returned to obscurity and try to figure out what the hell happened to all that stuff.

  2. 26 Feb 2009 @ 8:44 am

    Hi Paul,

    Glad that you’re finding Shmoop so helpful for your son’s Gatsby homework. He can give us a whirl for poetry and US history, as well! (We’re adding more subjects soon)

    Drop me a line (my name @ shmoop) and I’ll send a Shmoop t-shirt down for your son, as a small thanks for helping us spread the word.

    Fire away with comments, rants, raves, & requests on our Feedback or Contact Us pages. We’re just getting started!

    Brady & the Shmoop team

  3. mike

    27 Feb 2009 @ 7:27 am

    I love it—great humor
    I read your blog often—great stuff
    GL told me about you—I enjoy your enlightened reviews.
    Actually I always hated Cliffs notes–but our culture today seems to crave short cuts

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