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The Casual Vacancy Book Club Part 2: Who Is Barry Potter?

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 28, 2012
The first rule of Book Club is you do not talk about Fight Club. Welcome back—to session two of The Casual Vacancy Book Club! (Did you join us for session one?) I know at least one of you did. Sparkler summer<3 (who earns a golden noun ... More  →
The Casual Vacancy Book Club Part 2: Who Is Barry Potter?

The Casual Vacancy Book Club: Welcome to Pagford, Where Everyone Is Sad

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 27, 2012
Book Club is now in session! Please pass the Cheetos. First of all, I feel like an idiot for showing up to this thing in my bloomers while most of Pagford seems to wear nothing but splayed-open dressing gowns and spray tans. When early press buzz ... More  →
The Casual Vacancy Book Club: Welcome to Pagford, Where Everyone Is Sad

33 Revelations from this Epic New J.K. Rowling Profile!

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 27, 2012
Even rarer than finding a reliable Defense Against The Dark Arts teacher is finding a truly informative interview with Joanne "J.K." Rowling. The wealthiest woman in the world and mother of modern wizard fiction understandably doesn't need to gab to the press very often. But when ... More  →
33 Revelations from this Epic New J.K. Rowling Profile!

Is Lady Gaga's Call for Underwear Pics a Good Idea?

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 26, 2012
Last week a bunch of Internet tabloids and news sites reposted some pics of Lady Gaga wearing her famous meat dress and looking kind of chubby in Amsterdam. "Looking meatier!" one really really really really really clever blog manhandled into a headline. "She's probs preggers," ... More  →
Is Lady Gaga's Call for Underwear Pics a Good Idea?

Memorize these Quotes if You Write Science Fiction

By Brandon SpecktorSeptember 24, 2012
I'd like to share with you my favorite SciFi story of all time. It's called "Knock," and was written by Frederic Brown in 1948. Here it is: "The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door…" Boom. The story goes ... More  →
Memorize these Quotes if You Write Science Fiction

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
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.

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