Sparky Sweets, PhD., is the probable pseudonym of a guy with the best YouTube series, easily, I've seen thus far in 2013. It's called "Thug Notes," and it is what it sounds like: a CliffsNotes for readers more versed in the 36 Chambers than the collected works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. So far, we've only been given three reviews from Dr. Sweets, but his synopses and analyses of Crime and Punishment, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Great Gatsby are not only hilarious and the reason why Dostoyevsky is probably turning in his icy grave—they're pretty much spot on. At least, this former English major thinks so.
Sweets probes deep (seriously) into how Jim's broken arm, for instance, in Mockingbird metaphorically represents the broken United States during the Great Depression. And his discussion of Gatsby's famous green light is WAY more accurate than the movie's bungled attempt at relating it to the romance between Gatsby and Daisy. The result isn't really "Haha, look at the guy talk funny about literature," which might have been racially weird and awkward. It's more, "This can actually help you understand the lit in between the laughs." Check this motif, son.
Will we see more reviews? Yes, definitely. Two days ago, Sweets posted: "Yo, y'all. I'm reading a bunch of books. New episode on July 2nd." I'm subscribed.
(Gotta feature my two favorite quotes:
"By hanging with a crazy cracker like Boo Radley and a righteous black man like T. Robinson, Scout has one of them paradigm shifting moments, playa. She learns that these homies just wanna hustle like anybody else."
"After dealing with all this rich white boy angsty bullshit, Nick decides he needs to get his ass out of New York, and chill out in the midwest.")