Internet sites of interest


Debbie Jacob -
Debbie Jacob –

Debbie Jacob

The library in me couldn’t resist searching and relaying interesting internet links. Explore some of the best sites to learn about movies, food, literature, history, exercise and more by checking out the links below.

1. Script Sleuth – Why Casablanca is the Greatest Movie Ever – If you’re a budding screenwriter, a movie buff who wants to analyze movies on another level or if you just want to understand why you like certain movies, watch this YouTube link Discusses scenes from Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The link provides information on cinematic structure, dialogue, lighting, and how to frame shots. Casablanca is nowhere near a perfect movie, so what made it so successful? Search Sleuth Script + Casablanca, or follow the link:

2. Tom Wolfe on Stephen Crane – In this speech, journalist/novelist Woolf discusses why Crane belongs to the golden age of American literature, spanning 1893-1939. Zora Neale Hurston, Edith Wharton, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck all belong to this period. Wolf says, “There has never been anything like it (this period) and it seems like there will never be anything like it again.” Describing Crane’s Red Badge of Courage as “the greatest betrayal of a soldier in battle,” Wolff argues for Crane’s importance in literature about war.

This 14-minute video is a good visual example of how to make an argumentative essay. Also check out Paul Auster’s Burning Boy, The Life and Times of Stephen Crane, a recent biography of Crane that is an exceptional blend of autobiography and literary analysis. Crane produced an astonishing amount of important journalistic and literary work before his death of tuberculosis at the age of 28. Find Tom Wolfe talking about Stephen Crane or follow the link below.

3. The Poynter Institute, a US-based non-profit media center well known for fact-checking, media literature, and journalism, offers an invaluable lesson in filmmaking with a YouTube video What the Budweiser “Puppy Love” Super Bowl Ad Teaches about Video Tell my stories.

4. Many children and adults enjoy epistolary novels such as The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney or Dracula by Bram Stoker. Books written with letters or memoirs make readers feel as if they are privy to the personal feelings of the characters. provides an interesting link to popular My Messages novels for you to explore.

5. A site called offers some of Project Gutenberg’s most popular free classics. These books are in the public domain and do not violate copyright laws.

6. On another site discover American classics that became part of the public domain in 2021. Among them are The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway. Now you can read these books for free online without violating US copyright laws. It is important for readers to respect intellectual property. paying off:

7. For international news, most of us check British or American sources, but it is always a good idea to explore reliable alternative sources. Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, is an excellent source for international news, especially news from Africa and the Middle East.

8. Take a free trip around the world by visiting some of the best UNESCO World Heritage sites. Just type in UNESCO World Heritage Sites or go to this link:

9. Prevention, a popular magazine focused on physical and mental health, now offers a list of some of the best health-related podcasts. Each recommended podcast has a link to sample.

10. Food blogs have become a popular alternative to outdated cookbooks. I have sampled several food websites and found that Pinch of Yum has one of the best layouts for a food blog. You can search the site’s many menus including quick and easy, vegan, healthy, quick pot, vegan and more. Delicious food photos make this blog stand out. It’s an easy and fun site to navigate.

11. Plenty of people have turned to online fitness classes during the pandemic. There is no such thing as a qualified strength trainer, but with funds tight, online lessons can be the perfect complement to personal training. The site below offers suggestions for online training with every type of exercise you can think of.

The Internet is an invaluable resource that can provide entertainment and enhance your knowledge – just by looking for reliable sites – so check out some of them.