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Band of the Week: The Drums

By Jonathan_FlaxAugust 28, 2009
The Drums are quite new—they played their first show in May of this year—and already the Brooklyn foursome is hyped to the heavens. New York's "coolest" borough sure does seem to produce these press darlings monthly, and 11 times out of 12 it's much ado... More  →
Band of the Week: The Drums

A Sparkler's Guide to Moving Abroad

By ContributorAugust 27, 2009
Sparkler veevee3 knows all about moving abroad. Any of you Sparklers in the same situation? Enjoy the post! —SparkNotes Editors It happens more than you think, moving overseas. It can happen if your parents work for the government, or if their companies relocate, or... More  →
A Sparkler's Guide to Moving Abroad

This S'more's for You

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 27, 2009
Earlier this month, we posted a handy quiz to help you figure out whether you’ve had an adequate amount of fun this summer. Many of you passed with flying colors, some of you made the cut exclusively through the consumption of meats on sticks,... More  →
This S'more's for You

Designing the Perfect Backpack

By Dan_BergsteinAugust 27, 2009
'Tis the season for new school bags, and while looking at the same average, mundane, and dull choices this year, we here at SparkNotes just shake our heads. Sure, there are some creative backpack ideas on the market. The Yoda Backpack is still funny.... More  →
Designing the Perfect Backpack

Your New Workout Playlist

By Joe_LynchAugust 27, 2009
Sure, when you're in the groove, working out is exhilarating. Way too often, though, you're caught in that hard place between excruciating and borrring. That’s why God invented music (it says so in the Bible, we swear). Not only does music keep you from losing... More  →
Your New Workout Playlist

Blogging New Moon: Part 14

By Dan_BergsteinAugust 26, 2009
Chapter Fourteen: Family Better Title: Hey Lady, What's Up With Your Face? Despite both Bella's expectations and my own wishful thinking, the other werewolves do not come to the meeting in wolf form. Instead, the four guys (Sam, Paul, Jared, and Embry) walk out of the trees... More  →
Blogging New Moon: Part 14

Reason #223 Why You Should Be Friendly to the Nerds

By kat_rosenfieldAugust 26, 2009
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the start of high school just so you can make fun of the hard-studying, genome-sequencing, nerd-tastic science geeks, you might want to seek a new target for your well-meaning mockery. Why? Because you don’t want to taunt the dude who... More  →
Reason #223 Why You Should Be Friendly to the Nerds

Pimp My Locker

By Kathryn_WilliamsAugust 26, 2009
So maybe you don't have a Crib or a Ride, but there is one place this fall that is all yours to pimp out: your school locker. Not just for holding your books, your locker is your territory. And if your... More  →
Pimp My Locker

Awesome Thing of the Week

By Emily WinterAugust 26, 2009
Sparklers, let's talk about feelings. The start of a new school year brings on a whole lotta feelings. Namely: 1. Boredom, even at lunch. Lunch was so fun in grammar school! Now, no one gushes over Gushers, paints with peanut butter or flings bologna onto the cafeteria... More  →
Awesome Thing of the Week

What You Don't Realize You Will Miss at College

By Joe_LynchAugust 26, 2009
College is the best time in a lot of people’s lives—they meet lifelong friends, fall in love, and are forced to read Nietzsche. It really is worth the hype. For those of you about to pack up and head off to college, though, it’s good... More  →
What You Don't Realize You Will Miss at College