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What Going Back to School Is Like, According to Shakespeare

By ElodieAugust 23, 2016
School is starting and inspiring in us all an emotion generally known as "ugh." Shakespeare knows what that's about. Dude may be dead and buried, but the ensepulchered bard went to grammar school in his time, and odds are he hated every minute of it. How do I... More  →
What Going Back to School Is Like, According to Shakespeare

The Only 5 Pokemon That Matter

By Elodie and Kate AllanAugust 23, 2016
There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 million Pokémon, which I think we can all agree is too many Pokémon. Okay look, I don’t know how many there are exactly, but I’m told the number spans multiple infinities, including but not limited to:   The thunder mou More  →
The Only 5 Pokemon That Matter

Auntie SparkNotes: My Girlfriend Thinks We Disagree on Everything

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 22, 2016
Auntie, So I have a girlfriend that I've been dating for the better part of four years now, and she's absolutely amazing. Smart, sweet, fun to be around, sterling personality, and really cute on top of all that. We get along really well, and I love... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: My Girlfriend Thinks We Disagree on Everything

PSA: What You Need to Know About "Affirmative Consent" at College

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 22, 2016
If you're headed to college, you've probably been hearing a lot about the importance of consent—and especially about how uncomplicated it is. Simply put, consent means that in any sexual scenario, both participants (or all three or four or seventeen of you) should... More  →
PSA: What You Need to Know About "Affirmative Consent" at College

Auntie SparkNotes: Am I Too Passive with My Racist Facebook Friend?

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 19, 2016
Hey Auntie SparkNotes, This is something that has been bugging me for a while, and no matter how much time I spend mulling it over, I can't seem to come up with a satisfactory answer. Advice please? I am friends with a classmate on Facebook, who... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Am I Too Passive with My Racist Facebook Friend?

The 10 Most Objectively Perfect Scenes in the History of Cinema

By ElodieAugust 19, 2016
And before you say anything, yes, the Twilight baseball scene is on here. Look, cinema is a fluid and complex medium and it takes years to hone the craft. And I think if there’s one thing we can all agree on in this ruined world, it’s that... More  →
The 10 Most Objectively Perfect Scenes in the History of Cinema

Auntie SparkNotes: Can I Stay in Touch With My Mom's Ex-Boyfriend?

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 17, 2016
Dear Auntie, So, to preface this question, some background: my dad passed away when I was three, so I come from a single-parent household. My mother, who I love, has dated a few people over the course of my life (I am 18). When I was starting... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Can I Stay in Touch With My Mom's Ex-Boyfriend?

Here's How Far Along You Are with Your Summer Reading Assignments, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

By Maura Barry-Garland and Steffi LynnAugust 16, 2016
Summer's coming to a swift and grievous end, which isn't a surprise but still makes me feel like I’m confronting some harsh truths. Where did summer go? Is this just how time works? Has it always worked like this? Was anyone going to tell me? It's in... More  →
Here's How Far Along You Are with Your Summer Reading Assignments, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

We Ditched Our Makeup for 24 Hours & Hardly Any of Us Died As a Result

By Chelsea DaggerAugust 16, 2016
We here at SparkLife are committed to bringing you cutting-edge journalism of the finest caliber, and nothing—not fear, nor exhaustion, nor the inevitability of defeat—will keep us from that mission. So it goes without saying that when we were first presented... More  →
We Ditched Our Makeup for 24 Hours & Hardly Any of Us Died As a Result

Auntie SparkNotes: Living With My Bigoted Family Is Driving Me Nuts

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 15, 2016
Dear Auntie, I’m 22, still live with my family, and hate going to church. I’m not an atheist or an agnostic, but my spiritual views do not conform to the intolerance spewed by the priest every weekend. I am also bisexual, a fact known to everyone... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: Living With My Bigoted Family Is Driving Me Nuts