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Auntie SparkNotes: Should I Tell My Family They Kept Me in the Closet?

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 8, 2014
Dear Auntie, I have lots of thoughts, feelings, and questions surrounding my sexual orientation but I’ll ask you just one: If the time comes to come out to my family as *not straight* and anyone were to question my hesitation, should I honestly tell them why... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Should I Tell My Family They Kept Me in the Closet?

It's the Friday Awards!

By Emily BrownAugust 8, 2014
Surprise, surprise: it's Friday again, which means you've lived to see another round of Friwards!!! Last week's winners took home the gold for correctly guessing our hidden message, Charlotte Brontë. Bonus: they disclosed their favorite authors to us. Spoiler alert: they're all awesome.

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It's the Friday Awards!

Writer Wars Winner: "Because of the Brave" by jedialonza!

By reidfaylorAugust 8, 2014
Behold, Sparklers, your humble writing champion. Last week's prompt asked writers to describe someone they know without resorting to easy descriptors, and jedialonza's beautiful story won for good reason. She wrote with impeccable sincerity, imbuing her subject with a quiet More  →
Writer Wars Winner:

10 Times It's Not Okay to Take a Selfie

By Rebecca Jane StokesAugust 8, 2014

To selfie or not to selfie, this is the question. Not so long ago (one million internet years ago) a teen caught mad amounts of totally merited guff for snapping a selfie... in the World War II concentration camp, Auschwitz. That’s right. Let’s just

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10 Times It's Not Okay to Take a Selfie

In Our Dreams: Classes We WISH They'd Offered in High School

By Chrissie GruebelAugust 8, 2014
In high school, the teachers told us over and over again that we would need trigonometry, but we have long since forgotten how sine and cos work and have yet for a hypotenuse to thwart our dreams. What classes would have been useful in... More  →
In Our Dreams: Classes We WISH They'd Offered in High School

Auntie SparkNotes: I Went To College Super-Early. How Will I Ever Date?

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 7, 2014
Dear Auntie SparkNotes, I'm almost sixteen, but I'm a full-time college student. I don't tell people about my age unless it directly comes up in conversation, which it usually does not, and I blend in well enough for most people to assume that I'm an average... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I Went To College Super-Early. How Will I Ever Date?
A Guide to Being a Potato

A Guide to Being a Potato

By Janet ManleyAugust 7, 2014
All of us feel a bit "different" from time to time, but some of us have it harder than others: those of us who are potatoes. This piece will guide you through the particulars of being a potato, from finding your identity as a potato,... More  →

Human-Skin Chair a Bargain at $4,000

By Sara JonssonAugust 7, 2014
This is some world, isn't it? We are free to create whatever our tiny brains can conjure up: cheese helmets, spaceships, pooper scoopers, artificial hearts, terrible movies, you name it! So why does this chair, a creation of Gigi Barker, make us want to... More  →
Human-Skin Chair a Bargain at $4,000
Marvel Fumbles the Feminism Ball Again: No Black Widow Movie

Marvel Fumbles the Feminism Ball Again: No Black Widow Movie

By Josh PeriloAugust 7, 2014
Lucy, the butt-kicking action movie about a drug mule who accidentally ingests a powerful substance that gives her access to massive amounts of her brain capacity, opened this summer to a 44 million dollar weekend. One of the biggest openings of the summer! You would think... More  →

Signs You Have a Bad Roommate

By Jon_SkindzierAugust 7, 2014
He always eats anything you leave in the fridge, such as baking soda and the light bulb. Every time Law and Order is on, she casually mentions that murder isn't actually like that and then gets real quiet. He never pays the bills on time, and when... More  →
Signs You Have a Bad Roommate