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smug, fearless, and what all the hoopla was about
in memory of leslie harpold
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
12.15.06 • CLASSIC

I still have the email I got back in 1997. "hey. you can write. welcome aboard." I don't keep all my emails. But this one was one in a million. I had followed the first few issues of Smug after finding it via a link on the site of my favorite band -- the guitarist wrote a column there. Pop culture heaven. Smug wasn't snarky, it wasn't attitude, it wasn't loud. It was just brilliant and cool. I read every piece, every month. Then one day I got the courage to send the publisher an email. It s

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guilty pleasures
a little break, a lot of fun
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: humor
3.3.10 • CLASSIC

In general, being a grownup pretty much sucks. There are all these things you have to do. Pay your rent/mortgage. Make money so you can pay your rent/mortgage. Work so you can make money. In the time you have left when you're not working, there's laundry to be done, meals to be managed, messes to clean, and other obligations to be met. Throw a couple kids and/or pets into the mix and then you're really overscheduled, even on days when you're not technically "at work". Is it any wonder we all ne

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not married, without children
even adam thinks he might be abel to raise a little cain
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: general
1.8.10 • CLASSIC

I've spent a large portion of the last week watching movies. Most recently (ten minutes before writing this), I viewed for a second time a 1996 movie called Bullet, which centers around an exceptionally dysfunctional Brooklyn Jewish family. In the title role, Mickey Rourke (about halfway between his transformation from "attractive guy in Diner" to "weird looking guy in The Wrestler") is a heroin junkie and petty thief. A 23-year-old Adrien Brody is a slacker artist who paints on anything but an

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christmas choices
seeing the season through children's eyes
by michelle von euw
topic: pop culture
12.8.06 • CLASSIC

Dear Virginia, (I know, you’re not Virginia, but if I used your real name in a public forum, you’d become embarrassed and, let’s face it, so enraged we would no longer be friends, which would defeat the whole purpose of this, so to protect your privacy, not to mention my own skin, I’m going to call you Virginia.) Last week you asked me what you should do for Christmas. OK, maybe you didn’t ask me –- maybe you were just voicing your problems and not actually looking for answers, but every once

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this book is a movie
strike that, reverse it
by mike julianelle
topic: film
2.6.09 • CLASSIC

Whenever I make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - which is more and more often these days as my household feels the economic crunch - I make sure to spread the jelly first. And thank God I do. If I dip the knife into the peanut butter BEFORE I spread the jelly on, it's a lot harder to remove the residue that remains after I put the peanut butter on the bread. I need to either get a new knife, take a minute to clean the old knife, or - and this is what typically happens when you're lazy - p

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chef, interrupted
the arc of my culinary quests
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: general
9.30.09 • CLASSIC

Years ago, in my halcyon radio days, I hosted a program called, “What’s Cookin’”. It was a simple noon hour show that encouraged listeners to call in and guess a recipe title, based on ingredient clues I provided, and win a prize. Occasionally I’d interview advertisers with new products, but mostly my guests were chefs launching new cookbooks or christening restaurants. The show originated in New Orleans, and hundreds of thousands of people along the Gulf Coast listened to it. So there was a s

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diamond rock
a childhood rock band conquers the world... er, the block
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: music
11.16.09 • CLASSIC

Music has always been a major part of my life. Thanks to MTV and BET, the 1980s were vibrant: I was as likely to be influenced by the glossy new wave funk of Duran Duran as by the earthy raps of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. It was about a feeling, an impulse, finding a new means of self-expression. It was a time of blind optimism. And though I was gifted in many ways as a child, it was sometimes difficult to distinguish my strengths from my weaknesses. So when I decided, at the age of

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he who said that 'talk is cheap' has never hired a lawyer
the day job i don’t usually talk about
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: humor
4.12.12 • CLASSIC

I’ve openly discussed the years I spent chasing rock stardom here in my columns at IM. Less frequently do I discuss that my day job is being an attorney, which I’ve done for almost ten years now.

Why don’t I bring it up much? For one, I usually am obliged to omit most of the juicy details. Each of my clients entrusts to me certain confidences that I am ethically obliged to keep secret. I feel ok admitting items that we have filed in a Court (matter of public record at that point, after all). I have a few good stories from the past ten years I will sometimes pull out at parties, and I sometimes talk anonymously about facts I might be facing in an upcoming trial, to see what people think before I get to a jury. But there is a lot of stuff I keep quiet, if only because I have to.

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relationship resuscitation
resolutions for renewed romance
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
2.15.08 • CLASSIC

Well, it's exactly one month and fifteen days into 2008. Have your New Year's Resolutions already fallen by the wayside? Exactly how many times have you gone running? That many, eh. But, you say, there was that flu epidemic... And then little Jimmy had to... And of course work has been... And post-holiday blues have got me... The New Year has come and gone and almost everyone has neglected their once-a-year resolution to do something that, to be perfectly honest, is the opposite of what t

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kicking off operation 2012
mapping out my own set of great expectations
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: general
1.16.12 • CLASSIC

Semantics. Sometimes, it's just a question of semantics.

For this year, I've decided to actually take some time to plan a set of goals to achieve. Some can call these resolutions, but I refuse to call my objectives such. Like a fusspot who never grows to like eating cauliflower (but is okay with having it in mashed form), I simply don't like the word resolution. It seems too serious, too Model United Nations, even pretentious.

Above all, I have the mutant ability to disregard it (and anything else that smacks of overly serious dweebs with political anglings).

Still, in spite of my inability to digest the R-word as a fun or tolerable experience, I am determined to experience 2012 with a set of set objectives. I want the kind of year where I hit my milestones instead of seeing them get dust bunnies; I want to be productive.

Therefore, here goes Operation 2012.

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they can do it! and so can you.
6 tips for successful blogging
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
8.24.09 • CLASSIC

Have you read a blog today? I don't know you (unless I do. Hi!), but I'm going to guess that you have. If fact, you might have read several. Even with the up-and-coming competition of Twitter, blogs are holding strong. The best ones are supplying readers with the news and views they used to get from newspapers or the television, and even the worst are catering to someone out there with a passion for... armadillos in socks, say, who doesn't care if said blogger knows a preposition from a peanut.

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a primer
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
9.23.09 • CLASSIC

This past Saturday marked the beginning of Oktoberfest 2009. For the next 2-ish weeks, it'll be nothing but polka, sausages, and tasty, tasty Oktoberfest beer, no matter where you turn. What's that I hear you say? It's only September? Why so it is! It so happens that Oktoberfest begins in September and didn't even originally involve binge drinking. A quick dive into history The first Oktoberfest wasn't a beer festival at all. It was a commemoration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig

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polishing up the ball and chain
do you have this in designer?
by heather m. millen
topic: general
8.29.07 • CLASSIC

When I started writing for Intrepid Media, I really used it as an outlet to air out all my dirty laundry regarding relationships, life as a single gal in the city, conquests and heartbreaks. And now I write to you just two weeks short of my nuptials, something I've mocked endlessly on these very pages (if you do your research). Ah well, tis the circle of life I guess. Now as each circle comes around, I'm wondering if we forget entirely what the last pass was like. The other day, I was wat

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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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