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the bigness
this will turn your world upside down, but it's mostly about big country
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: music
11.2.07 • CLASSIC

You’re not seriously going to attempt to write a column about Big Country, are you? Yes. Yes I am. Big Country. The Scottish musical quartet that barely mattered some 20-odd years ago. The same. You’re going to attempt to write a column about them? Not attempt. Consider it in the can. That’s nuts. It is not. So... is it going to be semi-ironic? No. It’s straight-up. I did a column on Living Colour once. It got huge play. But they had just reformed and released a new record. Not releva

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books are not babies
part i: approaching the launch
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
4.4.12 • CLASSIC

In many ways, we writers feel like our books are our children -- we created them, we're protective of them, and somehow they infuriate us even as we love them to pieces. A quick search for "my books are my children" instantly delivers 140,000 results, and author blogs like Book Pregnant draw the parallel in detail.

And yet. There are some important differences, right?

Last April I had the wonderful adventure of seeing my first book come out into the world, and this April, I'll have an even more amazing adventure when my first baby does the same. I know enough to know that I can't possibly understand how much having a child will change my life. But I've observed some differences so far in preparing for the baby's arrival and the book's, so I can certainly share five ways in which the two things are worlds apart at this stage:

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spring cleaning, 2008 style
brief briefs briefly brief
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
3.24.08 • CLASSIC

Sometimes a thought will strike me, I'll observe a happening, or my deadline will approach without warning. That's right. I had no idea that it was already March. Regardless, occasionally these thoughts will be non-cohesive enough that I can't force them together into a column. Well, I can, but it would be a stretch: "Speaking of snow crabs, anyone see that recent Geico commercial?" Huh? So here's a few musings for you. Just stuff to think about. Because it's stuff that I'm thinking about. Bu

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write now
why the strike that hurts tv hurts us
by michelle von euw
topic: television
11.12.07 • CLASSIC

After I’d temporarily neglected my Netflix queue, two unexpected discs recently showed up in my mailbox: one, the first four episodes of a highly recommended television show; one a ten-year-old movie that I’m still not sure exactly how it made its way onto my list at all. The TV show was “Friday Night Lights,” and after ignoring it for several days, I finally popped in the pilot, and was utterly transfixed by a near-perfect composition of beauty, drama, pathos, and representation of the human s

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no assembly desired
zen and the art of apartment maintenance
by mike julianelle
topic: general
4.7.08 • CLASSIC

I just carried a large, awkward box up three flights of stairs to my little Brooklyn apartment. For the next two to twelve hours, I will be sitting on the floor in my living room with an unintelligible instruction packet, a variety of tools, a pile of seemingly random but presumably connected fragments of wood and metal, and a long, wide-ranging lexicon of profanities. It's not gonna be fun, especially once my growler of Six Point Bengali Tiger IPA runs dry. The ultimate goal of this project i

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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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alicia keys -- as i am (review)
is the third time the charm for the multiplatinum songstress?
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: music
11.21.07 • CLASSIC

2 1/2 out of 4 A rhetorical question: Are people are more in love with the "idea" of Alicia Keys than the actual person? Sure, she's gorgeous and plays the piano and puts on one hell of a live show and has at least three songs ("Fallin'," "You Don't Know My Name," and "If I Ain't Got You") that are instant classics by almost any definition. Still, her hype is disproportionate to her consistency. While that's not necessarily her fault, the hope was that her third studio album -- the revealingly

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no mosque, no mosque
an open letter to the republican party
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
8.16.10 • CLASSIC

To: Republican Party, United States of America From: Jeffrey D. Walker, esq., Intrepid Media’s Chief White house Correspondent Re: Issue selection for the November Mid-Term elections The Mosque Opposition Conundrum Warm Greetings to the Grand Old Party: Before I begin with my main point on the mid-term elections, I just wanted to note that, despite being the “Chief White House Correspondent” for Intrepid Media for almost ten straight years, I still haven’t received a single press pass fo

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you really can have a wedding for $1000 or less.
...why are you still laughing?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
10.16.06 • CLASSIC

Author's Note: Five years later, the column I wrote about planning a wedding on a small budget is still timely and applicable. Economic downturn, joblessness and housing bubble aside, people still fall in love and get married. After editing and adding more specific content, this column has been expanded and is now available at amazon.com!

I realize this column comes very close on the heels of another wedding-themed column. My apologies for the continuance and you have my promises that this is my final addition to the age-old (and forever continuing) discussion of white versus ivory and the choice of bubbles over doves.

At the end of my wedding column I made a promise, and I’m here to deliver the goods. A wedding CAN be had for less than One Thousand Dollars -– and I can tell you how.

There is ONE thing and ONE thing only to remember: The Wedding Is Not Important.

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it's a question of pride
weighing in on gay love, marriage, and california
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: news
6.15.09 • CLASSIC

The average New York City cop hanging out in Queens is a straight, simple man. He's all right with an action movie, doesn't drink anything more sophisticated than a domestic bottled beer, and is perfectly fine to just hang in with the wife, kids, or girlfriend with an easy pasta and chicken dinner. Catch him out with his buddies, and he'll probably put on a couple exaggerated airs over how he would never do anything totally gay, like karaoke sessions or salsa-dancing lessons. But, ask him whic

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a part of our speech
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
4.16.12 • CLASSIC

Loving: Noun
Loving begins as a noun, but not just any noun. Loving is a personal noun; it is something we experience only through the prism of ourselves. We can’t point to the source of love, diagram its location, or dissect it from our body, and yet it is there. Loving is also a noun in the stricter sense: Richard Loving, a white man born in Caroline County, Virginia, in 1933.

Loving: Verb
Loving may begin as a noun, but we know it best as a verb. We recognize love only because we see it in action: caring, sharing, laughing, kissing, touching, soothing, healing, helping, grieving. These actions can shape our lives, yet we can’t trace them to a source. Love – of nature, of creatures, of music – is a mystery in the abstract, but vibrant in reality. Something happens in your spirit, your physical heart might thump, your nerves might jitter, and suddenly that potential for love comes out into the open. That kind of spark caught Richard Loving (noun: white) and Mildred Jeter (noun: black) and whirled them into action. They were loving each other, and – as it always does – that love was shaping their lives.

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lay off my booze!
tired of the villainization of alcohol
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
10.23.06 • CLASSIC

The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. There. I said it. And no. I didn't mean it. But neither did Mel Gibson. My excuse is satire. But that hardly stands up to good ol' Mel's excuse: Alcohol. Recently, when Mark Foley resigned from his position in Congress because of his penchant for cybersex with congressional pages, he announced that he was checking himself into rehab for ... you guessed it .. alcoholism and "other behavioral problems." And here's where I get indignan

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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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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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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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