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Taylor Swift Beat-Boxes Through the 2013 Grammy Nominations

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 6, 2012
Is there anything future American president Taylor Swift CAN'T do? I mean, besides the obvious. She can't levitate an aircraft carrier, obvi. I bet she can't eat 70 hardboiled eggs in an hour, either. And she's made it very clear through her lyrics that she can't ... More  →
Taylor Swift Beat-Boxes Through the 2013 Grammy Nominations

Who Likes Glitter, Anyway? A Study in Winter's Shiniest Nuisance

By Brandon SpecktorDecember 6, 2012
Glitter. We wear it. We wrestle in it. We cover our homes and worldly possessions in it once a year, but never stop to ask, "why?" Until now. Why is glitter?  Who is it for? Where did it come from, and where will it strike next? Glitter's appeals are ... More  →
Who Likes Glitter, Anyway? A Study in Winter's Shiniest Nuisance

5 Awesome YA Authors Invaded Brooklyn This Week. Here's What They Said...

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 30, 2012
"The teen voice is not stupidity," YA author Robin Wasserman said to a crowd of aspiring writers and voracious readers at Brooklyn's Powerhouse Arena bookstore earlier this week. "The teen voice is youth, and immediacy. It's not dumbing things down; it's remembering." Robin was one of five ... More  →
5 Awesome YA Authors Invaded Brooklyn This Week. Here's What They Said...

Of Tigers and Twilight: YA Bestseller Colleen Houck Tells Us How She Did It

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 27, 2012
Writing was never part of the plan for Colleen Houck—let alone writing four bestselling YA paranormal romance novels in four years. The author of the Tiger's Curse series was born and raised in Tucson, AZ, where she attended community and University of Arizona classes to be ... More  →
Of Tigers and Twilight: YA Bestseller Colleen Houck Tells Us How She Did It

CONFIDENTIAL: What Were New York Police Shredding at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 27, 2012
Before we replaced them with unsightly helium travesties, New York's first Macy's Thanksgiving day parades proudly featured Central Park zoo animals, preening and prancing through the streets of Manhattan, dragging teams of handlers behind them as they rampaged across crowded sidewalks in search of affordable ... More  →
CONFIDENTIAL: What Were New York Police Shredding at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

10 Geeky Facts About Thanksgiving

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 20, 2012
There's far more to this treasured American holiday than the fatcat Cranberry Lobby will have you believe. For example, did you know that founding father Benjamin Franklin actually had the body of a turkey from the waist down? That's why he was so fond of bloomers.It's hard More  →
10 Geeky Facts About Thanksgiving

Why Is "It's Thanksgiving" Writer Patrice Wilson Ruining Teenagers' Lives? We Have Theories...

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 20, 2012
If you don't know Patrice Wilson by name, you surely know his works. Patrice "the rapping dude who looks WAY too old to be hanging out at teenagers' parties" Wilson is co-founder of ARK Music Factory, the company most famous for writing, filming and marketing "Friday" ... More  →
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Justin Bieber Will Be President Someday

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 19, 2012
The American Music Awards ceremony is to the Grammy Awards as Election Tuesday is to how president's are ACTUALLY chosen in America—i.e., the former is a dazzling expression of populist democracy, the latter an infallible decree made in the foggy recesses of a nameless forest ... More  →
Justin Bieber Will Be President Someday

Let's Give This Sparkler's Tree-Climbing Essay a Lift

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 19, 2012
Ernest Hemingway, who shot at German soldiers and wild lions on the regular, was onto something with his short, aggressive sentences. There's power in brevity. Simple, declarative prose masks even the weakest ideas. All ducks are angels in disguise. (See? That's compelling nonsense right there.) We kept Hemingway's bent for ... More  →
Let's Give This Sparkler's Tree-Climbing Essay a Lift

The Pros and Cons of Being Bieber's Next GF

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 13, 2012
Pull out your tissues, Sparklers, because with 100% of precincts reporting, we can officially call it: Justlena Biebomez is no more. Yes, the too-cute-to-cut-it celebrity couple, who enjoyed a two-year-run together in their open relationship with the global paparazzi, officially announced they were through this weekend. ... More  →
The Pros and Cons of Being Bieber's Next GF
About the Author
Brandon Specktor

Brandon is a writer and humor editor at Reader's Digest magazine. He was born in Tucson, Arizona, and wants to write a paranormal Western that begins, "First the cows turned up dead." What should the rest be about? Tell him on twitter @beardspeck.

Wanna contact a writer or editor? Email contribute@sparknotes.com.