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the in(tellectual) crowd
intrepid media's latest book is a group effort
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: writing
10.2.09 • CLASSIC

Great Things Will Happen Today! It's out. It's done. Stick a fork in it. Now I can take a day off and start working on IM2009, which I SWEAR will be out in February. WHOO-DOG! Anyway, I'll get to the book in a minute. I hate jumping in front of the shark. Call it trendsetting, call it prescient, call it jamming your finger in the earhole that is the cultural pulse, and here's where I shoot my stupid mouth off, but I'm constantly ahead of the curve with Intrepid Media. Even though this sounds l

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what it feels like for an author
notes from the far side of publication
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
8.3.11 • CLASSIC

First of all, it's all unexpected. All of it. Because you don't know what's going to happen, there are all these years of dreams and anticipation and wondering leading up to having your book published, and there's the day you hold your book in your hands for the first time and that is a great day, it is an awesome day, it's just like you pictured it, it's amazing, but then there's the day after that and the day after that and the day after after. And they all bring something new. There's the d

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clear and presents danger
musings on holiday gifting
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
12.8.10 • CLASSIC

“What do you want for Chanukah next week?” my mom asked me. “Peace on Earth; good will towards men,” I answered. “Please pass the turkey and cranberry sauce.” For those of you who don’t know, The Jewish Festival of Gifts Lights came strikingly early this year. Usually, it’s somewhere around Christmas, largely because they both started as Pagan holidays for the Winter Solstice. Semantically speaking. Except that for one of the holidays we symbolically light up a multi-branched ornamental symbo

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glee
the worst show you can't stop watching
by michelle von euw
topic: music
10.11.10 • CLASSIC

Despite what the Emmy voters and popular press may tell you, Glee is not a good television show. I know; I’ve watched every episode. I am a connoisseur of TV. I appreciate and celebrate television shows as an art form. I champion the creativity and the intellect it takes to achieve a good series. I will talk to you about the brilliance of The Wire and Everwood; I will describe in great detail the perfect arcs of season one Veronica Mars and season two Buffy the Vampire Slayer; I will tell y

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superbland?
we don't need some other hero
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
4.6.11 • CLASSIC

In a pattern that is so common it's now merely referred to as "summer," another crop of superhero movies will be sprouting up over the next few months. And regardless of whether they clean up (Captain America) or don't (Thor), more are on their way -- including new installments for the three most famous: Spider-Man, Batman and Superman. A few years ago I wrote a column about Superman's most recent attempt to reclaim his spot as the most super-heroic of all the superheroes. It didn't q

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in pursuit of something real
joining the (real) food revolution
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
4.28.10 • CLASSIC

When I was growing up, it was a treat to go to McDonald’s. I remember the first time I dipped a golden, crispy French fry in a chocolate shake (oh yes I did!) and marveled at the fact that I would never be able to do that at the dinner table. McDonald’s was fun! It was even more enjoyable because my family only went to McDonald’s once a month, if that. So it was really an excursion, not a typical Saturday afternoon. Family dinners weren’t elaborate, but we had real food most of the time. My

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l.a. law
down and out with the boys in blue
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: general
6.14.10 • CLASSIC

1. Being a police officer is not easy. More often than on most jobs, the worst of humanity rears its ugly head and a slight lapse in judgment could be the difference between life and death. I have always believed that the police should be like the military -- shorter terms of service, more frequent re-assignments to different regions of the city, more emphasis on maintaining physical fitness -- as the stress of such a job can easily drive someone insane. And that's not a good

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finding the line between young and old
read at your own risk, because once you get it, you might know you're old, too
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: humor
9.14.12 • CLASSIC

It is an undeniable truth harbored by the young: getting old is not cool! “I don’t want to grow up” is more than just a slogan for “Toys ‘R’ Us”; young people tend to believe that old people are generally boring, and do boring things, and talk about boring stuff. And most any kid, even if they love their parents and grandparents, both fear and loathe the idea of becoming old themselves.

Of course, kids desire all of the stuff that comes with being grown up, like having their own place, the ability to drive, income, and beer. That stuff is pretty cool, but actually becoming older is not. Because being old is. not. cool.

At least, that's what young people would say. It's nice to know now what idiots kids are.

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you and your heart
lessons to learn in love
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
10.22.10 • CLASSIC

“This is how it works. You’re young until you’re not. You love until you don’t. You try until you can’t. You laugh until you cry. You cry until you laugh. And everyone must breathe until their dying breath.” --Regina Spektor “Women love Jack Johnson’s music.” I didn’t say it, but a guy I know did, and when I took a moment to reflect that it shouldn’t hurt my feelings to be lumped in with other women (there are SOME cool women out there I don’t mind being lumped in with, but we all k

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the aftermath of suicide
reaching acceptance, little by little
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
5.20.11 • CLASSIC

As I sit down, I take note of time passed. It's been two months since my aunt chose to kill herself, an eight-week span that's shaken me and my family to our core. Two months is a pretty decent chunk of time. My day-to-day life is easy to go about once again, and I can sleep without rewinding the details of her death in my head. But, her story still makes me shiver. In the time that's passed, I also discovered relevant details that colored my aunt's mindset in her last days. My cousins told

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the power to decide
why it’s necessary for women to control their birth control
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
3.7.12 • CLASSIC

When Sandra Fluke stood up to testify in front of Congress on February 23rd about the importance of accessible birth control for all women, she probably didn’t expect to be called a prostitute. Women probably didn’t think that, in March of 2012, we’d be defending our right to use a medicine that was approved for sale 52 years ago. And yet, here we are again having to convince people – primarily men – that women do have the right to have sex without pregnancy.

We live in a time when men are lowering or erasing the barriers that allow them to get women pregnant (see: insurance-subsidized Viagra), while making it harder and harder for women to prevent conception. While the issue is birth control, no-one is really talking about condoms in this case. Condoms are available on supermarket shelves, they cost less to buy, and they are known to prevent STIs – a definite medical benefit. They also require the consent of a man. The real subject of the conversation is the pill: the birth control method that women control and that women can practice with or without a man’s knowledge or consent.* The question then becomes not just should women use contraception, but should women be allowed to choose contraception on their own? There are many excellent reasons why the answer is – and should always be – yes.

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why i blog
an instrospective about why i write on the online
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: writing
10.17.11 • CLASSIC

This past week I published a piece on my blog Top Fermented that garnered a fair amount of attention, both positive and negative. I expected a backlash. I knew that many would disagree with me, but I was happy to see that many people also agreed, and equally as happy to see that some who disagreed took the time to reasonably state their cases against mine.

It's honestly made me wonder - why the hell do I bother?

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future tenz
the sexier decade ahead
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
1.6.10 • CLASSIC

In The Tenz, we fly in hovercars fueled by laughter and rock n' roll. We've adopted a single global language, which is a hybrid of all known languages with a sprinkle of jazz theory. Consequently we're all getting along much better, and everybody can dance. Moral and religious disputes have gone the way of Disco, praise Gawd. World peace sets the stage for tolerance, innovation, and a new cultural renaissance. Creativity and intelligence are valued over celebrity and convenience. Our elected le

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