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fake vegas
busting myths in atlantic city
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
11.1.10 • CLASSIC

When my friend Scott and I booked ourselves a quick 36-hour Atlantic City slingshot off of a business trip I'd be taking, we knew what we were getting into. Sort of. We're both huge Vegas guys. Over the years and years (and years), we've graduated from the Tropicana to Caesar's, from free beer to free suites, and from multi-deck to single-deck. We'd been to several casinos outside of Vegas, from carbon-copies like Foxwoods to the somewhat terrifying international waters cruises to the sketch

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television (no longer) set
how tv watching is more, and less, than it used to be
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
9.4.09 • CLASSIC

Once upon a time, you either owned a television or you didn't. If you owned a TV, you were a TV watcher. If you didn't, it was because you either couldn't afford it, or didn't care. There were people who were adamant, proud, deliberate objectors to TV, and those people, well, didn't own TVs. The rest of us had them, and used them to varying degrees. If we didn't have pay cable and we were desperate to see something, like "Sex and the City", we'd gather somehow, and make it happen. But whether t

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can't pretend that growing older never hurts
i was just thirty-four years old and i was still wandering in a haze
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: pop culture
7.10.09 • CLASSIC

I feel old. Or, rather, I'm starting to feel my age. And it doesn't help that I keep getting reminded of it. Stop whining. No, seriously, I got a call yesterday from a friend with an extra ticket to see Cheap Trick, Poison, and Def Leppard last night. Needless to say, my response was something like, "[expletive deleted] yeah." And the show was excellent. I mean, I own nearly every song that was played (by all three bands), so it was a great time. And a little sad. It took all three of these

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yes, we can (watch it from the couch)
why to avoid the inauguration madness
by michelle von euw
topic: news
1.9.09 • CLASSIC

If you’re reading this outside the nation’s capital, I have some advice for you: stay there. I don’t mean always. Of course we would love to have you visit, and if you’re a Red Sox fan, we’ll happily welcome you to Washington on June 23, 24, or 25 for Boston’s first-ever series here against the Nationals, but it's best not to be here for the Presidential Inauguration. Seriously. Stay home. I promise you, you’ll have a much better view of President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama and

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the worry-free guide to impending fatherhood
just relax a little, asshole
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
1.6.12 • CLASSIC

It was almost exactly two years ago when I discovered I was going to be a father. My level of ignorance on the topic had me pretty nervous, but the nerves are natural. And kind of pointless. Because what I’ve learned after my first full year as a dad is that the key to being a good father is simply this: don't be an asshole.

Seriously. If you're already not an asshole, you can skip the rest of this (long) column because that's all there is to it. Congratulations! Go forth and multiply.

However, I was an asshole. And I didn't have much guidance when I became a dad. So I offer the following nine-item list (one for each month of pregnancy!) to all the assholes like me who need advice on getting through the nine or so months preceding the birth of the person who will most likely be your end (Oedipus!).

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operation sunbeam
cassie and marlo listen in
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: writing
6.29.09 • CLASSIC

"The guys were bragging about bringing showgirls up to their rooms, getting them super drunk, and then trying to score with them right when the bombs went off. Typical Vegas-guy-weekend stuff. They were well into their 70s, though, so it was odd to hear their bravado." Here she goes again. I've noticed lately I don't even need to ask questions she will just tell me anything, anything at all, barely taking a breath, like there's an hourglass only she can see with a ribbon of sand left to drop a

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wall of noise
racial tension on the rise could lead to a long, hot summer
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: news
4.9.12 • CLASSIC

"The thing I hate almost as much as racist images is the current politically correct climate that strangles honest discussion, then calls the resulting silence progress. Meanwhile, people are not allowed to ask questions or express their feelings to those whom might disagree; we fear being called racist more than we fear being racist." - Jason Gilmore, 2011

There has never been a time in this country's relatively brief existence when some black person's name wasn't being publicly dragged through the mud. When we weren't being vilified, demonized, misunderstood or marginalized by the vanguards of media. (This is not to discount that we were physically being dragged through the mud alongside it, in some cases.) See, I've lost some of you already. You think this is going to be another diatribe about how hard it is to be black. Well, it is and it isn't, but  part of what makes it hard is that our complaints are not valued. 

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if you’re an artist, when is enough enough?
somewhere between a calling and a curse
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: music
8.8.11 • CLASSIC

In breaking from traditional article norms, I’m going to answer the question posed in the title of this article right now instead of making you read the whole thing to find out. The answer is: it’s never enough.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be an artist lately. You are an artist, or you are not an artist. You either create, or you are not creating. If you are no longer creating, for all purposes, you cease to exist as an artist.

This is where I find myself. I figure there’s no way you don’t know by now that I am a musician. What with scatterings of my escapades splashed across the feature page of Intrepid Media for over 10 years now, all laws of probability are against you being here reading this feature without some knowledge of my musical past.

But, in case you did happen upon this story with no understanding of my musical past, or, if you simply missed the article from last November, I semi-retired from playing in bands last year to prepare to become a new dad.

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how to be happy
a simple quest with humble results
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
3.22.10 • CLASSIC

I took six months off from work to figure out why I was so unhappy, even though life appeared to be going well. I was making money, I was finished with a relationship that was unhealthy for me, I was busy and had many friends…why would I be unhappy? So I, after some great advice came from many different quarters, I took some time for me and I went to India. During my tour of India I had many amazing experiences, but I have to say the moments that stick with me the most are four conversation

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will chris brown 'crawl' away?
advice for the troubled entertainer
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: music
11.18.09 • CLASSIC

"Everyone sees it's you. I'm the one who lost the view. Everybody says we're through. I hope you haven't said it too." -Chris Brown, "Crawl" Chris Brown is singing a new song. Specifically, that tune is "Crawl." Coming out with his new CD "Graffiti" in December, the woebegone single of love clearly lost showcases Brown stepping back into his Boy Next Door shoes with almost innocent wistfulness. In turn, my skin is crawling. Though the holiday season is approaching, I haven't forgotten how

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from blog to book
an interview with sarah wendell
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
7.22.09 • CLASSIC

We here at Intrepid are fans of the internet (shocking, I know). Not only has it brought us Beer Mapping and Cat Yodeling, but it has also - more than anything else - changed the relationship between readers and writers, challenging both groups to redefine themselves in terms of a new medium. With this new medium have come new opportunities for reading, writing, promoting, and interacting with other readers and writers. No-one knows the power of this new medium better than Sarah Wendell and Can

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the greens party
exploring the hot lettuce of politics
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
9.15.08 • CLASSIC

The U.S. is often referred to as a melting pot -- a steamy fondue of colorful cultural mixes that, through their ubiquitous individuality, make our country strong. I disagree. I think we're more like a salad. Sort of your ordinary house salad at a roadside restaurant: mixed greens, maybe a couple of croutons, some shredded carrot, a couple of slices of red onion, one whole cherry tomato, dressing on the side in a little plastic cup with "SOLO" printed on the lid. I'm not alone. T

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constant craving
*the secret* to success
by heather m. millen
topic: humor
8.27.08 • CLASSIC

The other day I was sitting at my desk. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon, the day had been a bit stressful and I was greatly in need of a tiny token of relief. Suddenly, I realized that all my soul craved was a cookie. I don't eat cookies very often but who am I to judge what my soul desires? My husband happened to call and I said aloud and with conviction: "I really want a cookie." Ask. Cookies are good. I used to make cookies with my grandmother. She made these amazing little thumbp

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the cult of eff
bearing facebook's existential weight
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
11.7.11 • CLASSIC


It's two in the morning. My 5-year-old daughter has been in school exactly one week, and she's already brought home a lovely collection of drawings, handwriting worksheets, and the requisite headcold, which is now keeping me awake, along with the surprisingly annoying pitterpat of rain on asphalt and a Sudafed-induced psychedelia of voices and images swirling 'round my poor, stuffy skull.

I'm a bit of a worrier, and at my age and life stage (the two aren't exactly in sync thanks to my spending all of my twenties and, yes, even some of my thirties trying to be a professional musician) there's plenty of nourishment for the big green monster loving in Binkley's Anxiety Closet.

Still, I was somewhat shocked - enough so to prop myself up and subject my watery eyes to the microwave blaze of the iPad - to discover I was not only lying awake, suffering the indignities of late-night snot and Psuedoephedrine night terrors, I was also sweating the increasing burden and exponential, existential complexity of Facebook.

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re: irrussistible
I am not going to read it this time. I do and I just cannot pull myself together to comment. It is a beautiful tribute. I am very glad that you wro...

re: guns don't kill people....
Can we please find a way to heal and protect? I NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man opened fire Friday inside two classrooms at the Connecticut elementary sc...

re: a year without netflix
I would expect that and especially Netflix. Marketing, baby. They're spending zillions to get new subscribers....

re: everybody poops
What a bunch of crap! :-D Sorry. I tried to let it pass. Butt I'm weak. [edited]...

re: you are on your own heroes journey
Too short. Sigh. Thanks Maigen. I just miss him. I am glad that I can find people who cared deeply for him here. He had such good friends here!...


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