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them snookered youngsters
can rock age gracefully?
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: music
8.2.10 • CLASSIC

Last Saturday night, in a moment of what can only be called discount enlightenment, I happened to watch the DVD version of The Runaways and then turn the DVD player off just in time to see a rerun of Ashton Kutcher introducing Them Crooked Vultures on SNL. Who promptly rocked all you kids off of their lawn. For the record, The Runaways was awful, save for a scarily spot-on performance by Kristen Stewart. But beyond that it just piled one rock cliche on top of another overdramatized moment from

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agents of change
a literary agent blog roundup
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
6.4.10 • CLASSIC

For every complaint I hear that publishing never changes, I hear an equal and opposite complaint that it's not what it used to be. And in many ways, it's not. I can tell you from experience that at least one segment of the road to publication -- the part where you search for an agent and secure representation -- has been completely revolutionized in the past five years. Not even ten. Five. A few years ago I was shocked to find that a few literary agents were blogging (see th

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yo! i got some weight for you to watch
i'm a little teapot, pt. 2
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
5.10.11 • CLASSIC

A few weeks ago, I woke up one morning to find quite a number of e-mails on my phone from friends who "liked" my updated Facebook status. (For those of you not quite up on current social networking technology, "Facebook status" means an area on the Facebook Web site where the night before, I wrote something about how I was feeling. "E-mail" is a way to send free messages via the Internet. The "Internet" is the thing you're currently reading this column on. I will give you the benefit of the doub

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the seven year itch
why can't tv do right by marriage?
by michelle von euw
topic: television
10.10.08 • CLASSIC

After months of ignoring the critical buzz, I finally succumbed to the pressure, and watched the first DVD of the acclaimed drama "Mad Men". While the show certainly looked gorgeous and authentic, as much as I can judge what is authentic in terms of a 1960s Manhattan advertising firm, I had trouble warming up to the characters. The men and women who populate the show, or at least the first three episodes, are a bit too cold and distant for me to really care about their struggles. I understa

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misshapen identity
is your dvr your dna?
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
5.6.09 • CLASSIC

They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Others say you're defined by the company you keep. Some people suggest that you are what you eat, and in today's increasingly manipulated world of online personae, you are what you say you are. But when it comes down to it, you are what you watch, and listen to, and read. As technology grows cheaper, and helps make the world flatter, the old roadblocks are being eradicated. These days, so long as you don't want to, you don't have to miss out on

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it’s not easy being green
the honorable task of supporting the environment
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: humor
7.28.08 • CLASSIC

You’ll be happy to know this column was written on a computer powered by my foot pedal electricity generator, while I drank water from my backyard artesian well. This room, like all in the house, benefits from the soft lighting of thousands of humanly-raised fireflies. I have a poster featuring the shadowed image of Ed Begley, Jr., crafted out of toothpicks salvaged from the finest wastebaskets this side of the Mississippi. Toothpick art is the newly-devised “Parallels in Progress” made work p

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a tale of two sidneys
poitier's quiet, classy revolution
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
10.13.10 • CLASSIC

Being the first black anything is a lonely job. I saw Sidney Poitier’s freewheeling, all-star, all-black comedy Uptown Saturday Night often as a child. So I was a little confused a few years later, when Poitier was presented to me, catering to a bunch of dizzy white nuns in the film adaptation of Lilies of the Field in my eighth grade English class. He was the only black person in the movie and I was the only black male in my English class, and I actually felt embarrassed for him, and then fo

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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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what happens when you go to bed with gilda
...and wake up with me?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
12.20.10 • CLASSIC

Sometimes, I feel as if I get more than my share of married or otherwise taken men flirting with me. It’s not just idle flirtatiousness that is publicly visible and harmless. It’s a hushed conversation, quietly discussing when the possibility of getting away from their wives might happen and wanting to meet me ‘for a drink’. It’s changing the subject when someone else comes within hearing range. When I’m engaged in these conversations, I feel like I have my poker face on. I’m smiling, whi

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talk nerdy to me
appreciating today's nerdy man
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: humor
7.16.08 • CLASSIC

Ladies and gays, listen up. That preppy-looking GQ cutie? Bo-ring. The brooding guy mentally undressing you in the biker jacket? Pass. That gym baby you kind of suspect has bigger hots for Milo Ventimiglia than he does for you? Ignore. You can do way, way better than those guys — who, incidentally, all look alike when you're beer-goggled and in the dark. Instead, think Revenge of the Nerds' Lewis or Gilbert, "Buffy"'s Xander, or even "Heroes"'s Masi Oka. Think NERD. Now, before you associat

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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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how the privileged get more privileges
mo' money, mo'... products?
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
5.22.09 • CLASSIC

You're probably familiar with artists working outside their genre. You see it most often when it comes to singers acting (Madonna, Kid'n'Play, Britney, Beyonce, etc.), or actors singing (Scarlett Johanssen, Keanu Reeves, Russell Crowe, William Shatner), or Paris Hilton speaking. Occasionally, however, you'll see celebrities getting into other areas. In many cases, it's a self-promotion and marketing strategy, like you see with the dozens of celebrity endorsed fragrances. Until recently, I

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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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longhair tv
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
2.24.10 • CLASSIC

My hair used to be REALLY long. Cliff Burton long. Conan the Barbarian long. Born-in-the70's-hit-puberty-in-the-80's long. There was nothing ironic or unusual about this. In my day - and at a burly 38, I feel entitled to an occasional in my day - if you were a young man who knew how to rock and roll all night and party every day, this was barely a choice at all. Growing your hair was as much a conscious decision as wearing jeans or eating fast food. It wasn't a question of should I grow it out

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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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