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This slideshow thrills me—look at wrinkly old Dorothy Parker ignoring that male model! Whatta woman!

It also makes me long for the days before Facebook, when writers could get work done without moving into a new apartment just to get away from the internet.

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An Interview with Writer Claudia Gray

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Claudia Gray is working on a werewolf romance set aboard the Titanic. Can we pre-order this masterpiece yet?? —Miss Marm

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I always wanted to be a writer. It goes back farther than my ability to remember any realization. Probably as soon as I knew people wrote books, I wanted to write

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SAT Essay Question: "Do You Watch Jersey Shore?"

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Well, kinda.

The actual essay question

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Breaking News: Hunger Games Casting Announced!

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YOU GUYS! Guess who's gonna play Katniss in the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games?

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An Interview with Writer Kimberly Derting

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Today's featured Dark Days author is Kimberly Derting, who's on Team Zombie! —Miss Marm

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve known that I wanted to write since I took journalism in the 7th grade. I figured out pretty quickly that I didn’t want to be a journalist, though, since they have to cover big events like wars and droughts and epidemics. I’m more of a stay-in-my-clean-safe-house-and-make-stuff-up kind of gal. Thankfully, that worked out for

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An Interview with Writer Courtney Moulton

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I'm excited to announce that all this week, we'll be publishing interviews with authors of novels in the Dark Days series. I know many Sparklers aspire to be writers, and this is a great chance to steal ideas from get inspired by professionals. First up: Courtney Moulton, author of Angelfire. —Miss Marm

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

Due to numerous learning disabilities, I had a very difficult time learning to read and wasn’t able to until the second grade. When I got to chapter books, I discovered the Goosebumps series by RL Stine and they changed my world. I loved the scary stories and couldn’t get enough. I collected just about every single one and when it still wasn’t enough, I began writing my own. My earliest stories involved murder mysteries, vampires, and haunted houses. I wanted to be just like RL Stine when I grew up and write books about the

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Book Recommendations: Politics Edition

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For Politics class I need to write a book review on a political non-fiction book. It's due in June but we are supposed to start reading now. Any suggestions? Shake Hands with the Devil by Romeo Dallaire is already taken...

I would

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The Hunger Games Movie Comes Out in 421 Days!

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GUESS WHAT?!? Lionsgate has announced that The Hunger Games movie will premiere on March 23,

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Application Essay: Shuffle Shame

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Kelly's essay is about taste, judgment, snobbery...and Brit-Brit. Check it out!

Shuffle Shame, as defined by Urban Dictionary—“Shuffle shame is when your mp3 music player is playing on speakers in shuffle mode, and somebody enters the room at the exact moment the worst song of your collection is being played.” Though seemingly a trivial embarrassment, an experience with shuffle shame had an unexpectedly powerful impact on me, and considerably altered the way I think about others’ perceptions of me.

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Application Essay: Booty Talk

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Since reading this essay a few weeks ago, I've thought about it a lot. That might be because Fiona is my soul sister (like her, I'm a nerdy feminist Hot 97 addict who feels kind of guilty about listening to misogynist lyrics for hours and hours every day), but it might be because her essay is interesting and original. Do I just identify with Fiona, or is her essay truly fascinating? Read on and decide!

"Running booty, running booty/ right there, and I ain’t goin’ nowhere/ running booty, running booty/ go for me, go for me, go for me!" starts my favorite song of the moment. The lyrics are rapidly rasped, sung, and yelled over an unrelentingly fast and bass-heavy beat that knocks like a robust and energetic mechanical heart. The song is a rarity on the internet; you’re more likely to find it in an overcrowded club in the back streets of New Orleans blaring live from the speakers than on any blog. Around the artist, you’re just as likely to find a large group of young women dancing in a manner so sexual that its legality seems dubious at best. In short, the track is the pinnacle of “lose-yourself-in-the-beat” perfection. The only problem with my choice is that I’m a middle-class female nerd living in the suburbs.

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