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30 Signs You Are a YA Protagonist

30 Signs You Are a YA Protagonist

By Brandon SpecktorJune 10, 2014
Every teen has to deal with the daily adventure of their changing body, their unpredictable brain, and an increasing suspicion that the rules of the adult world don’t make sense. A select few among you also get the adventure of battling cybernetic demon-hounds with a ... More  →

Did You Earn an A+ in Prom?

By Brandon SpecktorMay 21, 2014
You spend four long school years planning, fretting, fantasizing, and makeovering about prom night, and in the end it's the one thing nobody at school evaluates you for. That is wrong, friends—wronger than Wrong John Silver. In the interest of returning justice to the rainy ... More  →
Did You Earn an A+ in Prom?

SparkLabs: A Closer Look Inside - POLL NOW WORKING!

By Brandon SpecktorMay 19, 2014
Welcome to SparkLabs, where we probe the collective consciousness of the Sparkcortex for insights into the hottest neurotransmitters and rough read on how many of it wish to be otters. The previous SparkLab explored your drive to run, limbs swinging, through life (Question: I run because...). ... More  →
SparkLabs: A Closer Look Inside - POLL NOW WORKING!

Test: Do You Have Good Confidence?

By Brandon SpecktorMay 6, 2014
Second only to a cheetah that burps diamonds, confidence is the most important weapon in every successful person’s arsenal. Confidence makes bad ideas sound good, wrong answers sound right, and otherwise average musicians or actors look like virile sex daemons. The following ten questions will determine ... More  →
Test: Do You Have Good Confidence?

SparkLabs: A Running Experiment

By Brandon SpecktorApril 25, 2014
Welcome to SparkLabs, where we probe the collective consciousness of the Sparkpopulace for insights into the zeitgeist and what hats are cool this year (ANSWER: UPSIDE DOWN HATS! GET YOURS NOW!). The previous SparkLab explored your dialectic relationship to the place we do things that must ... More  →
SparkLabs: A Running Experiment

100 Ways to Kiss

By Brandon SpecktorApril 23, 2014
Kissing someone for the first time is always scary. What if you kiss boring? What if your breath smells? What if the person you’re kissing is actually just a tower of French bulldogs in a human costume? Embarrassment almost surely awaits. The good news is that ... More  →
100 Ways to Kiss

Terrible First Drafts of the World's Most Famous Poems

By Brandon SpecktorApril 21, 2014
Poetry can be hard to read and to write, but the payoff is great. For the reader, a bounty of beauty and unique insight into the wide, untamed world around, above, and within us; for the writer, almost-certain wealth and fame, secret poet zeppelin parties, ... More  →
Terrible First Drafts of the World's Most Famous Poems

SparkLabs: Our Number One Fixation

By Brandon SpecktorApril 9, 2014
Welcome to SparkLabs, where we probe the collective consciousness of the Sparkpopulace for insights into the zeitgeist and what socks are cool this year (FIE, WE MISSED TUBE SOCKS BY A DECADE). The first SparkLab looks into your bathroomal experiences. Answer the poll below (we'll ... More  →
SparkLabs: Our Number One Fixation

12 Canadian Things That Totally Make Up for Rob Ford and Justin Bieber

By Brandon SpecktorMarch 13, 2014
If you’re wondering why Justin Bieber and Rob Ford have been in the news so much this year, it’s because America is facing a record clown shortage, and we’ve resorted to foreign imports. Every week with these guys! Drunken stupors. Criminal charges. Poutine breath. Will the ... More  →
12 Canadian Things That Totally Make Up for Rob Ford and Justin Bieber

How to Get Over a College Rejection

By Brandon SpecktorMarch 10, 2014
Being rejected by a university feels a lot like being dumped, except your ex is the size of a small village, smells like Panda Express, and asked you to pick up a $30,000 tab on the first date. He’s a rude dude. But the hurt ... More  →
How to Get Over a College Rejection
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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