Nobody reads literature the first time it's assigned in school. Eventually, it seems like most folks make their way around to reading the classics, but, if it weren't for sites like, high schoolers everywhere would be tanking tests about Brave New World and The Scarlet Letter.

A few weeks ago, a man who goes by the name Sparky Sweets, PhD. decided he'd like to enlighten the masses about the motifs and symbolism contained in his favorite novels. Thus, Thug Notes was born.

I'm gonna help the world see the magic of dem playboys –  Dostoevsky, Fitzgerald, Dickens, Proust, Hemingway, Austen, Joyce, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Ovid, Homer... I could go on, player!

Join me each week for a new episode. Peace.

- Sparky Sweets, PhD.

It should go without saying that some of the language might be considered NSFW.

Sweets starts off with his timely analysis of Crime and Punishment.

Then, he came back "reppin' the one-percent with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald."

Now, Nick Carraway is an Ivy League white boy who rents a house on Long Island next door to the pimpin' crib of Jay Gatsby, a rich playboy with that maaaaaad Mitt Romney money.

And, most recently, To Kill a Mockingbird.