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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

Ghosts vs. Unicorns

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 8, 2012
We're reading The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. This is our 7th installment of the book club. Join our discussion in the comments! J.K. poignantly told the New Yorker that "You don’t have sex near unicorns. It’s an ironclad rule. It’s tacky." But it turns out having ... More  →
Ghosts vs. Unicorns

The 4 People You Meet In Pagford

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 5, 2012
We're reading The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. This is our 6th installment of the book club. Join our discussion in the comments! In the first half of "Part Two" of CasVac, I figured out why I like social worker Kay Bawden so much. She's not from ... More  →
The 4 People You Meet In Pagford

The Casual Vacancy Book Club Part 5: Kids Rule, Adults Die in Wicker Baskets

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 3, 2012
I've gotta go carve some energy-efficient, bio-degradable apple core coffins for the local funeral parlor, so today's Book Club will be brief. A few notes about "Friday," "Saturday," and the end of Act One (1/3rd of the way through this mamajama, guys!) : We jumped from ... More  →
The Casual Vacancy Book Club Part 5: Kids Rule, Adults Die in Wicker Baskets

The Casual Vacancy Book Club Part 4: Rage Comics

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 2, 2012
"Wednesday" ended with the most uncomfortable scene so far: future Parish Council candidate Simon Price forcing his children to assemble a stolen computer while he stands around and calls them names and marinates in his own rage sauce. For me this scene, and the air of ... More  →
The Casual Vacancy Book Club Part 4: Rage Comics

All-American Rejects Drummer Chris Gaylor Gets Cuddled By a Pup in the Night

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 2, 2012
When All-American Rejects drummer/Urban Dictionary entry Chris Gaylor  isn't pulverizing a snare], you might find him at home in Oklahoma, waging a ruthless Dungeons & Dragons campaign. On the road, you're more likely to find him cuddling accidentally with Dexter, guitarist Nick Wheeler's decidedly un-serial-killer-y ... More  →
All-American Rejects Drummer Chris Gaylor Gets Cuddled By a Pup in the Night
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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