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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?

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
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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