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Help This Sparkler Bust a Move on Her Breakdancing Essay

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 24, 2012
Sparkler AwesomePossum214 addressed the following prompt for her college apps: "Tell us about an experience in which you left your comfort zone. How did this experience change you." Here's a common setup to watch out for as y'all move through college and beyond. Whenever a prompt ... More  →
Help This Sparkler Bust a Move on Her Breakdancing Essay

Sparklers Review The Casual Vacancy (NO Spoilers!!!)

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 19, 2012
Unless you've been living under a troll's swollen buttock you know that J.K. Rowling released her first non-magical novel a few weeks ago, and that we at SparkLife have been Book Clubbin' the everloving mugglespit out of it. It was great! We talked trash, drew pictures, ... More  →
Sparklers Review The Casual Vacancy (NO Spoilers!!!)

"Dumbledore Comes Back!" J.K. Rowling Straight-up Lies on The Daily Show

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 18, 2012
J.K. "Slippery Jo" Rowling was in NYC this week to promote The Casual Vacancy and be generally British and awesome. Alas, our strongest attempts to cast the media credentials spell came up dry, so we could not make it to her speaking gig at Lincoln ... More  →

Avoid These Viral Costumes

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 18, 2012
When an idea goes viral, there is almost always a point of saturation where that idea becomes so common, so widely expressed that it loses all meaning. Think about the word "hipster," for example. What does "hipster" even mean anymore? Or how about "birds"? It's ... More  →
Avoid These Viral Costumes

A Farewell To Unicorns

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 12, 2012
We're reading The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. This is our 11th and final installment of the book club. Join our discussion in the comments! In case you found yourself on this page by accident or through general unicorn love...MASSIVE, PLANETARY SPOILERS BELOW!!! Ok, then. The final ... More  →
A Farewell To Unicorns

Let's Help this Sparkler's Cookie Essay Taste a Little Sweeter

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 12, 2012
Sparkler confuzzledmuggle wrote this essay for the common college application, and elected the "choose your own topic" topic. This itself is a brave move that tells reviewers right away "my splendid yet disciplined imagination NEED NOT BE CONTAINED by your draconian attempts to focus me!" ... More  →
Let's Help this Sparkler's Cookie Essay Taste a Little Sweeter

My Super Sweet 65 (Pagford Edition)

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 11, 2012
We're reading The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. This is our 10th installment of the book club. Join our discussion in the comments! Today's top story in news everyone already expected: Mollison wins! Miles Mollison wins! By a landslide! I'm moving to Canada! Or whatever the ... More  →
My Super Sweet 65 (Pagford Edition)

J.K. Rowling is Totally Over Adulthood

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 10, 2012
We're reading The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. This is our 9th installment of the book club. Join our discussion in the comments! Harry Potter taught children how to be confident and compassionate through radical, scary life changes. The Casual Vacancy—I am now convinced as ... More  →
J.K. Rowling is Totally Over Adulthood

This Is How The Casual Vacancy Should End

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 9, 2012
We're reading The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. This is our 8th installment of the book club. Join our discussion in the comments! Well, done with Part Three and all it's uplifting domestic violence/sexual abuse depictions. I hate everyone. Here's how I want The Casual Vacancy ... More  →
This Is How The Casual Vacancy Should End

Our 12 Favorite Quotes from Pitch Perfect

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 9, 2012
WE CAN'T. STOP. QUOTING. Here are our 12 favorite quotes from the new musical comedy, Pitch Perfect. What are yours? 1."Nothing makes a girl feel more like a woman than a man who sings like a boy" -Gail (Elizabeth Banks) ... More  →
Our 12 Favorite Quotes from Pitch Perfect
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.

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