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ashhead
when character slaps you in the face
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
3.3.08 • CLASSIC

I've been rather revelatory of late in my writing. Nothing earth-shattering - I'm married! I have kids! I like the Hives! I smoke the rock! Big shmeal. In keeping with that tack, I'm also Catholic. Me? The second generation Italian American born and raised in New York? Go fig. It's not like all this joexposition is setting up the most boring memoir ever (Working Title: "You Think You're Better Than Me?"), nor am I trying to be self-aggrandizing, self-effacing, wistful, cathartic, or whatever.

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mixed grill
another summertime smorgasbord
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: pop culture
7.3.09 • CLASSIC

It's been quite a while since I did a summertime pop culture roundup. Yet summer is such a perfect and weird and known-but-unknown pop culture time, it really lends itself to this kind of thing: a good look that doesn't look too close. (Look too close and it'll burn your eyes out. I mean, really, do you want to analyze the lyrics of "American Boy"? Talk about the theme of how technology dehumanizes us as seen in Transformers 2: The Transformening? Write a scathing review of the latest Nora Robe

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turnstyles
how do i edit thee? let me count the ways.
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: writing
11.8.10 • CLASSIC

Eleven years ago, to the week, I wrote my first column for Intrepid Media. (In my head right now you're all applauding. It's like when you come in 1st in Mario Kart.) It was called "Decisions, Decisions" and it had to do with whether I'd made the right call in choosing to go to grad school for journalism. Last year, for my 10th anniversary column, I revisited that question and came away still not 100% certain. However, as I look back on where I was in November 1999, there is one definite conclu

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taking care of your own
the nfl needs to step up
by michelle von euw
topic: sports
9.12.07 • CLASSIC

As you watch Peyton Manning shill for DirecTV this weekend and ponder swapping millionaire Chad Johnson for millionaire Plaxico Burress on your fantasy roster, stop and think for a moment about the billions of dollars being pumped into the NFL. The national football league just completed their most profitable scam ever -- the Preseason, in which they bilk season ticket holders for an additional two full-priced games to watch a bunch of scrubs who'll be nowhere near their regular season roster w

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what i say i am
this brand is my brand
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
3.6.09 • CLASSIC

I recently jumped into the Twitter fray and immediately began asking a friend what the hell I’m supposed to do. As far as I can tell it's mostly for bored Congressmen, foolish reporters and Rainn Wilson. I am none of those things. But my friend tells me that it is for me. Well, not me, exactly, but for "Mike Julianelle". My brand. Am I a brand? Not exactly. Like just about everyone else that hasn't starred on a reality show, I am far too complicated to be distilled into a “collection of symbols

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i see you, but it doesn't matter anymore
the rise and fall of music videos
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: music
6.27.12 • CLASSIC

Recently on a Saturday morning, I spent a couple of rare hours doing nothing but watching music videos on satellite television. As a child influenced by the 1980's MTV juggernaut, this is the adult equivalent to zoning out over cartoons.

I slipped into a programming cycle that let me see highlights from:

*80 and 90s pop/rock: ("Keep it Dark"–Genesis; "Never Tear Us Apart"–INXS; "Dear God"–XTC; "Smells Like Teen Spirit"–Nirvana)

*current country: ("Good Girl"–Carrie Underwood; "Banjo"–Rascal Flatts; "Pontoon"–Little Big Town")

*and current pop/R&B: ("The One That Got Away"–Katy Perry; "That Girl Right There"–Usher; "Titanium"-David Guetta featuring Sia)


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awkward moments
collect the set!
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: humor
11.20.06 • CLASSIC

We all have them. Often. But don’t be ashamed. Collect the set and trade them like baseball cards or food recipes. They are the extreme moments of discomfort for you and others. Here are some of my truly awkward moments: Awkward Moment #1, 460 Summer 1981, Toledo My Aunt Pat was dating a man named Frank, who would later become my uncle. But at the time, they were just dating, and he was the only man I’d ever seen with my aunt. So she shows up with this other guy and she and the guy and my mom

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constructing the underdog, part v: gas and class
what we're paying for and what our presidential hopefuls say about it.
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
5.21.08 • 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 here for more info on the concept. You're invited to add your two-cents by joining the discussion. This one is a two-fer; two topics in one column. And after spending the past two months covering Iraq and Israel, it's time I bring it back home and cover topics that in all likelihood impact you directly (given my demographic). This month, I'm tal

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call of the wild
a true tale of miss adventure
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
4.19.10 • CLASSIC

My birthday fell on a Thursday in 2006, which meant I was still a nanny for the girls, Zae and Ava. I woke up around ten in the morning, which is pretty normal and arrived at their house at my usual hour, just a few minutes late (which is essentially on time, for me). Because I was running late, their mum and my friend Marnie was running late and had to run out the door without our normal morning chat, just quick instructions for dinner and a request: “Don’t move or turn over that bowl!” Turning

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a holiday ghost story
silencing the rattles and chains of relationships past
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
1.12.07 • CLASSIC

While spending the holidays in Boston, a Ghost of Christmas Past visited me. Though I am far too young, cute, and Asian to resemble Ebenezer Scrooge, I too was surprised at the unexpected presence of a ghost. The spirit in question was my ex-fiance Adam, with whom I spent four years in a relationship, and who I hadn’t spoken to since breaking up in highly argumentative and angry circumstances in 2001. The last time I had glimpsed him was four years ago at a café—where I sat down to have lunch, a

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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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of geckos and burger kings
ill omens of a hollywood future
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: film
4.18.07 • CLASSIC

There are so many things I don't understand in this world. In case you missed it, a television show is in the works starring the Geico cavemen, and a full-length feature movie is in the works starring the Burger King. Don't believe me? Hit Google. I haven't read anything beyond short articles about these. Frankly, I don't feel like I need to. I'd like to feel indignant about it. I keep wanting to be angry. But I keep going back to the fact that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was inven

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who moved my chi?
finding my way back to inner peace
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.23.08 • CLASSIC

I'm an incredibly organized person. I keep an "Infamous To Do List" that is updated daily and nothing gives me greater pleasure than checking off items. I like clean surfaces and carefully arranged closets. Clothes belong in a chest of drawers, not the floor of my bedroom. I have boxes and drawers and baskets, all to better organize my life... and my husband's life if he would only listen to me and STOP LEAVING ALL THAT CRAP ON THE DESK! When something is lost in the house, it's inevitably

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

Sleepless.

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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