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3 Teen Novelists Share The Best Advice They've Ever Heard

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 16, 2013
"Being a teenager is so important." -Theo Lawrence "Maybe some day I'll write for adults. But only if they're good." -Deborah Heiligman Last night, three teen novelists read wrenching scenes from their recent novels, dropped nuggets of writerly wisdom, and answered nerdy lit questions from an audience packed ... More  →
3 Teen Novelists Share The Best Advice They've Ever Heard

Quiz: How Well Can You Match The First and Last Lines of Your Favorite Books?

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 15, 2013
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…but after all, tomorrow is another day." "It was love at first sight. He loved Big Brother." These famous first and last lines of literature are WRONG. But maybe you can make them RIGHT. In the ... More  →
Quiz: How Well Can You Match The First and Last Lines of Your Favorite Books?

Justin Timberlake Delivers His First New Song in 7 YEARS! What Do You Think?

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 14, 2013
On Thursday, former Disney kid and boy band member-turned-self-made-MAN brand Justin Timberlake tricked his 15 million twitter followers into watching a clock. It was dumb. But now that his clock has struck zero, JT is hitting us back with the goods: a new album coming ... More  →
Justin Timberlake Delivers His First New Song in 7 YEARS! What Do You Think?

We'll Kiss an Ewok if Star Wars VII Is Directed by One of These People

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 11, 2013
This week in bummer news: bonkers Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro turned down an offer to direct Disney's upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Del Toro, whose awesome Evangelion-lookin' robots v. aliens flick Pacific Rim is set to hit screens in July, said he was ... More  →
We'll Kiss an Ewok if Star Wars VII Is Directed by One of These People

Jennifer Lawrence Is a Golden Goddess, America Confirms Last Night at the Critics' Choice Awards

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 11, 2013
Last night at the 18th annual Critics' Choice Awards—a yearly opener to the Winter 'Ward'show Wipeout that culminates in February with the Oscars Ceremony and a festive virgin sacrifice—passed judgment on their favorite films and actors of the year from a wide berth of genres ... More  →
Jennifer Lawrence Is a Golden Goddess, America Confirms Last Night at the Critics' Choice Awards

Is 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II' the Worst Movie of the Year?

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 10, 2013
Seriously, is it? We didn't see it. Hot on the heels of this year's Oscar noms (om nom nom), the crack team of satirists and sociopaths who put together the annual RAZZIE Awards for Worst Achievements in Film just released their list of 2012 dis-honorees. Defying ... More  →
Is 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II' the Worst Movie of the Year?

12-Year-Old Willow Smith Just Released the Saddest Song of the Year so Far

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 9, 2013
I was crying alone in my apartment, scooping Chunky Monkey ice cream into my mouth with a gardening spade, when I heard Willow Smith's newest song. It's called "Sugar and Spice," and it's pretty sad. I cried for five more hours, then wrote these helpful ... More  →
12-Year-Old Willow Smith Just Released the Saddest Song of the Year so Far

4 Simple Secrets To Being The Next Music Superstar

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 9, 2013
Note: This post comes with a nifty Spotify Playlist, because we were too lazy to hyperlink everything! The year is done, and the results are in: Adele is STILL the top-selling musician in America. 21, Lady A's musical chronicle of what is quickly becoming the most profitable ... More  →
4 Simple Secrets To Being The Next Music Superstar

"YOLO" and 15 Other Words That Need To Die Right Now

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 7, 2013
Tell us what you think of our new digi-slang, guys: #YOBYOLOO…H (You Only Banish YOLO Once…Hopefully) Lake Superior State University just published its 38th annual List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness. Since its first appearance on New ... More  →

4 Nerdy Party Games You Can Play Without a Board

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 2, 2013
Monopoly sucks. We're just gonna say it. The pieces are too small and too many, it takes a flogging fortnight to complete a single match, and the ONLY possible outcome is one annoying winner dancing the cancan on the tabletop while everyone else in the ... More  →
4 Nerdy Party Games You Can Play Without a Board
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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