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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  →
Why Is

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

What Did You Tell Your Teachers After Sandy?

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 12, 2012
Snow days and transit muck-ups are finally coming to an end in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and last week's adding-injury-to-more-injury Nor'easter sneak attack, and that means school is once again unavoidable. We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are safe and sheltered now, and ... More  →
What Did You Tell Your Teachers After Sandy?

Should Lance Armstrong Be Banned from Cycling for Being a Famous Cheater?

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 26, 2012
Fame is unkind. Remember, a few weeks ago, when Bieber ralphed onstage in Phoenix but his pre-recorded vocal track just kept right on playing? Yeah…not a good look. But yea, the Internet was there to capture Bieber's bad-look barf-o-rama, and within a few hours a ... More  →
Should Lance Armstrong Be Banned from Cycling for Being a Famous Cheater?

Picking Katy Perry's Birthday Present: A Quest in Limericks

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 25, 2012
On her birthday Katy looked blueSo I knew just what I must do:I'd unleash that one giftTo make her mood shift(And maybe she'd smooch me once, too). More  →
Picking Katy Perry's Birthday Present: A Quest in Limericks
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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