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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

The Casual Vacancy Book Club Part 3: Everybody's Got Problems

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 1, 2012
Welcome to part three of CasVac Book Club. Wake up and smell the teen angst! Today in the chapter called "Tuesday" we get two views of the public housing projects known as The Fields. The first one comes from social worker Kay Bawden, who picks up ... More  →
The Casual Vacancy Book Club Part 3: Everybody's Got Problems

New Music Exclusive: Viral Hearthrob Asher Monroe Performs for Us, Then Chats about Disney Tunes

By Brandon SpecktorOctober 1, 2012
Asher Monroe just has one of those voices. Parents and talent scouts recognized this in Asher since he was 7, when a rollicking cover of "Heigh Ho" landed him his first gig in the touring company of Disney's Beauty And The Beast musical. He played a ... More  →
New Music Exclusive: Viral Hearthrob Asher Monroe Performs for Us, Then Chats about Disney Tunes

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?
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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