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5 Ways to Prepare for J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 24, 2012
You've expressed your excitement, pondered the plot, and deconstructed the cover —BUT THE TIME FOR GAMES IS OVER, CHIPMUNKS. We're in the danger zone now. Why? Because J.K. Rowling's premiere post-Harry Potter novel, The Casual Vacancy, is due out ON THURSDAY. As the end of the ... More  →
5 Ways to Prepare for J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

Help a N00b: Where Should I Start with Doctor Who?

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 21, 2012
I'm a fan of time travel. I was raised on movies like Terminator and Back To The Future, and video games like Chrono Trigger. (If you're unfamiliar with this title, Google "the best game ever made and actually the peak of human achievement.") But for ... More  →
Help a N00b: Where Should I Start with Doctor Who?

The Casual Vacancy Book Club Starts RIGHT HERE on Thursday!

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 21, 2012
Less than a week, y'all! While you've been enchanting your eyeballs and index fingers in preparation for the release of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, we've been busy sewing tweed patches on our cloaks and bloomers. Know why? 'Cause starting next Thursday SparkLife will be the ... More  →
The Casual Vacancy Book Club Starts RIGHT HERE on Thursday!

Nelly Furtado Is Definitely a Wizard. Enter for a Chance to Win Some of Her Stuff.

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 19, 2012
"Parking Lot" is the latest single from the beautiful and talented Nelly Furtado's new album, The Spirit Indestructible (which is available as of yesterday!), and the final proof we need that the lady's actually a super wizard from the future. Hear us out. ... More  →
Nelly Furtado Is Definitely a Wizard. Enter for a Chance to Win Some of Her Stuff.

Ryan Gosling Is Joining Clint Eastwood, Madonna, and Mel Gibson in a Very Special Club

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 17, 2012
Ryan Gosling, noted thespian, cheekbones, and meme, can soon add "bat-poop-crazy director" to his list of titles. How To Catch A Monster, the RyGoose's upcoming directorial debut, will star Christina Hendricks as a single mother who, along with her teenage son, must naviga More  →
Ryan Gosling Is Joining Clint Eastwood, Madonna, and Mel Gibson in a Very Special Club

The REAL Winners and Losers of the 2012 VMAs

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 7, 2012
While viewers across the nation waited for president Barack Obama to throw down and accept the Democratic nomination for president, another sort of national convention was going on in Los Angeles. America's youth culture delegates gathered in a united front of laser cobras and crotch ... More  →
The REAL Winners and Losers of the 2012 VMAs

The Secret Awesomeness Beneath The Beatles, Queen, and Other Classic Rock Hits

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 7, 2012
This video posted to BoingBoing on Tuesday reminded me how easy it is to miss out on the awesomeness all around us when our brains become distracted by the glitter and crud competing for attention from our eye and earholes all day, erryday. It's a ... More  →
The Secret Awesomeness Beneath The Beatles, Queen, and Other Classic Rock Hits

The New Music Haiku Review: September Edition

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 4, 2012
For your pleasure, somehaikus about new music!Refrigerator. More  →
 The New Music Haiku Review: September Edition

Miley Cyrus' Older Sister Brandi Is Making Some Super-Catchy Pop, You Guys

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 4, 2012
If you've ever listened to Hannah Montana or seen footage of a Miley Cyrus concert, then chances are you're already accidentally familiar with her older sister Brandi. Big B, son of Billy Rae, sister of Trace, Miley, Noah, and Braison, is the oldest of the Cyrus ... More  →
Miley Cyrus' Older Sister Brandi Is Making Some Super-Catchy Pop, You Guys

A Few Simple Rules for Picking the Best Extracurriculars for You

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 3, 2012
Everyone takes up extracurricular activities for two simple reasons: To meet people (sexy people!), and to hone their crafts (sexy crafts!). The secret third reason might be "because mom made me," but if that's the case then shame on you for not wanting to share ... More  →
A Few Simple Rules for Picking the Best Extracurriculars for You
About the Author
Brandon Specktor

For 22 years, Brandon was a fat kid living in Tucson, AZ, which gave him lots and lots of time to write. He now works at a magazine in New York City, but still loves writing almost as much as he loves muffins.

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