Barbara Spindel is a writer and editor who covers books and culture. She has contributed to Time Out New York, Details, Spin, the Barnes & Noble Review, Newsweek.com, and other publications. She has a Ph.D. in American studies and lives in Brooklyn.

Tween TV

With Hannah Montana long gone, a new legion of tween TV shows has risen. Barbara Spindel explores a world of pop music, Scott Baio, and blogging dogs to discover what’s on offer.

The Next Yo Gabba Gabba

The Nickelodeon live-action music show The Fresh Beat Band has the juice-box set squealing and forcing their parents to buy concert tickets. Strangely, the parents don’t mind.

Twilight star Robert Pattinson’s ethereal good looks and off-screen love life have given the tabloids fresh blood. Barbara Spindel on the sexiest vampire alive.