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we're gonna need a bigger hole
spending our way to fiscal responsibility
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: news
3.2.09 • CLASSIC

Tell me you're not under it what with the stock market tanking and the homes foreclosing and jobs evaporating. Go ahead, dare me to wipe that smirk off your face while you roll through this rough patch with a song in your heart and a silvery Care Bear cloud under your rainbow feet. As a fun little interweb experiment, I will now list selected words from the top five headlines on the Google News business section as of... right now. Shambles. Rescue. Doom. Cut. Woes. Worsening. Hot Water. Emer

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publishing and the princess bride
what aspiring authors can learn from florin
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
12.6.10 • CLASSIC

William Goldman famously said "Nobody knows anything." He was talking about Hollywood, but it applies to book publishing nearly as well -- no one knows which books are going to be a hit, no one knows what type of marketing dollars pay off, and no one knows exactly where the industry is headed in a rapidly changing landscape. That's not comforting, of course. Flinging yourself willy-nilly into the process of getting published, throwing up your hands and crying "William Goldman said nob

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i feel the need for feed ... back
what is the sound of one hand posting?
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: writing
9.8.10 • CLASSIC

Around the time I first started writing this column (it'll be 11 years in November!), a discussion was initiated regarding for whom we, as writers, write. Plenty of talented friends of mine said things like, "I write for myself," or "I don't really try to tailor my stuff for the audience," or "to thine own self be true." Actually, no one said that last one; I just like to inject a little culture into these things. You know who said that? That's right: Yoda. The point is that plenty of people ma

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ticket to ride
how ticket pricing trends are hurting fans
by michelle von euw
topic: sports
9.9.09 • CLASSIC

It’s a gorgeous Labor Day weekend, and the weather is pitch perfect. The famous humidity that usually characterizes this time of year has been all but absent from the weather forecast, and there’s a light breeze that makes the low 80s temperatures ideal for soaking up a ballgame. But there’s practically no one in Camden Yards today, despite a mid-afternoon matchup between the Orioles and the Wild-Card chasing Texas Rangers. Every time the camera pans back, the screen is filled with green empt

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poker face
lady gaga's image control
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
8.6.10 • CLASSIC

A few months ago I wrote a hilarious column about the ways in which women inadvertently make themselves less attractive to the very men they are attempting to attract. And it got me thinking about appearances and superficiality and celebrity culture. And even though my column was about ugly girls and not ugly guys, I couldn’t help thinking about Lady Gaga. Unfortunately, that was a column in which I encouraged girls to sublimate any and all ambitions beyond procreation and therefore concentrat

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tune out to tune in
reducing external information clutter
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
9.29.11 • CLASSIC

In the book, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Dr. Andrew Weil promotes a news fast one day each week. The theory is when people absorb too much news, especially the kind that induces feelings of helplessness, anxiety, or rage, this impacts their health in negative ways. These emotions stay rooted in the body unless progressively moved out.

If we are constantly taking time to read the top headlines, are we also creating a balance of positive influences to offset the news impact? Because the natural news cycle is gore, injustice, corruption, repeat. If it bleeds, it leads. Good news is no news, bad news is good news, no news is bad news. Without equal scales of information, we ingest a current of despair that can, quite literally, affect our health.

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an unawkward interview with awkward black girl's issa rae
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: pop culture
12.12.11 • CLASSIC

Stanford and NY Film Academy grad Issa Rae has made a major splash with her popular, loosely autobiographical webisode, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, which debuted on YouTube earlier this year. The show, "ABG" for short, details the humorous travails of J (played by Rae), the general absurdity of her love life and antics of her friends and co-workers, all within a very non-PC world. Made from a desire to see characters of color shown in a Seinfeld-esque sensibility, the debut has garnered over 500,000 views and averages about half that number of views per episode.

In addition, the series has triggered a resounding Kickstarter campaign, a college tour and its star/creator to be signed by the powerful management team, 3 Arts Entertainment. Issa took some time to talk about the show's origins and how to create a popular web series, while outing some of the show's famous fans.

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constructing the underdog, part viii: having faith
it's all about your world view
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
8.18.08 • CLASSIC

This article is part of a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See more info about the concept here. You're invited to add your two cents by joining the discussion. [[writer's note: this piece was turned in absolutely, positively, last-minute late [as my editor can tell you]. Sorry, but it was due to a recent religious experience]] I wasn't planning on address faith in this series. As you may know, I am not

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around the world in 80 dishes
part one
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
6.26.09 • CLASSIC

"So, you spend all your downtime reading?" The captain asked. I thought for a moment. "I wouldn't say ALL of it, no." I had just passed a novel to another flight attendant on the crew van taking us to the airport after a thirteen hour layover in Vegas, and her surprised reaction was "You just bought this yesterday! You're finished already?" I read fast. And this book wasn't exactly a chore to get through. I read it in less than a day, yes, and retained most of it (which wasn't terribly i

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forgiveness from the designated poster child?
a struggle to understand rihanna
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: pop culture
2.20.12 • CLASSIC

At any given moment, I remember.

Though it's been three years since Chris Brown assaulted Rihanna to the horrific extent no one saw coming, the story remains alive. Details of the police report stay available on the Internet, where Brown's recent Grammy appearance and subsequent win continue to provoke both impassioned anti-domestic violence stances and vehement defense well past the disturbing line.

Since 2009, I've made no secret of disliking Chris Brown. Choosing my stance is as easy now as it was then: I boycott the little bastard. Then and now, I retain a belief that nobody is allowed to beat their partner to a point where he or she resembles a butcher product. No #TeamBreezy tweets are about to convince me otherwise.

Thus, I rolled my eyes at Brown's subsequent- and totally predictable- post-Grammy Twitter tantrum. But, his award wasn't the only recent unpleasant surprise; according to several blogs, Brown is reputed to be participating in a remix of Rihanna's "Birthday Cake" single.

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the way we read now
amazon's kindle, and the present and future of the digital book.
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: tech
11.30.07 • CLASSIC

On my nineteenth birthday, I fell in love with a book. The moment my fingers touched the supple, green leather cover, worn soft and smooth from age, I knew that I had to own it, so much so that I told my dad that he could send back whatever present he had bought for me because this was it - the only thing I wanted. The content of the book (it happened to be The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas) was almost immaterial. The book itself was my object, and it remains one of my most prized possessi

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(you gotta) fight for your right(s)
party like it's 1789
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
10.27.08 • CLASSIC

You! Yeah. You. In front of the computer. I'm talking to you. Writing-- whatever. Settle down. Look, we need to talk. Can we talk? Relax. We're not breaking up. Are you busy next week? Because there's this thing - you should know this by now - Tuesday? Right? Election Day. No, no. It's sort of like a holiday, except you have to skive off of work to celebrate. Like Flag Day. Here's the thing, though. Go vote. Seriously. It's important. I know, you hear that kind of

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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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socialgeist
slimed by digital ectoplasm
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
3.14.12 • CLASSIC

Man, I've worked with some really fantastic people. People I'm proud to call friends 20 years later; folks I hope to know for many years to come. Others, despite our natural chemistry and the sharing of a thousand pizzas and coffees and cigarettes (I've since quit), I keep only in my memory, for whatever inexplicable reasons people have for maintaining distance in the face of friendship.

But then sometimes – and it's a fortunate rarity – there are people I just want to forget completely. Inevitable adversaries that've had such an ill effect on my psyche, I not only want them out of my life, I want any residual smears of negative energy they’ve left in my airspace GONE. FOREVER. The idea that they might irrevocably occupy some part of my brain is not only depressing, it’s offensive. All I want is for their memory to just...peter away, down the drain of my subconscious, and with any luck...poof! Gone.

“TOO BAD!” say Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

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