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ix: state of the site
nine years in, the state of the site is solid
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
9.1.08 • CLASSIC

I'm not going to lie to you. I wrote this column last night, the night before publication. But first, I spent an entire month dreading the prospect, then I just plain put it off, then I watched something like 12 episodes in a row of How It's Made. Now I'm noticeably smarter and also somehow more Canadian. So I ask you to trust me, I will make a point, and a good one, that is tangentially related to the topic of why it's IMPORTANT TO YOU (those three words being the hallmark of Intrepid Media

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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 can see clearly now
my brain is gone
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: pop culture
7.25.07 • CLASSIC

I spent the 4th of July weekend down the shore. An aside: For those who don't know, "down the shore" means at the beach in New Jersey. I know it doesn't make sense. I grew up saying it and I know it doesn't make sense. My friend Trevor used to try to put other prepositions in there. But "I'm going about the shore" just doesn't have the same ring to it. Anyway, I went down the shore. I sat on the beach. And I looked at girls. Well, women, at any rate. And they were in bikinis, for the most part

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love, actually
how two modern movies got it right
by michelle von euw
topic: film
3.12.08 • CLASSIC

The great Hollywood love stories rarely had happy endings. Would we still be talking about Casablanca if Ilsa didn’t get on that plane? Would anyone care that love means never having to say you’re sorry if Ali MacGraw didn’t die in the end? Would we believe it if pinko Barbra Streisand and straight-laced Robert Redford actually stayed together? Our romantic tales spring from the roots of Romeo and Juliet, and we all know how well that ended. But the predominance of the romantic comedy chang

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the reinvention of everything
oh, we back on that again?
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
2.5.10 • CLASSIC

Avatar is the number one grossing movie of all time (before you adjust for inflation. When you do that, it’s like number 312). As a result, nearly every potential blockbuster is being reformatted to fit 3D theaters. Prepare for an onslaught, from Clash of the Titans to Harry Potter And the Fact That Our Stars Are Now All 25 and Weird Looking (the Hot Girl Obviously Being the Exception) to Sex and the City 3D: Shoving Samantha’s Sexuality Even Further In Your Face! How hard is it to switch a no

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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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just wright
not just another romantic comedy
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
5.19.10 • CLASSIC

Hollywood has been getting the romantic comedy wrong lately. From It Happened One Night all the way to Hitch, it can be, when executed properly, a genuinely entertaining genre. Now, like everything, they just seem to be a means to an end, spelled out in a simple formula: (script that's been floating around Hollywood for years + TV star trying to break into features + hunky action star trying to be a romantic lead) ÷ (original scenarios + witty dialogue

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picking a spouse
three steps to avoiding divorce
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: writing
9.15.10 • CLASSIC

I am now five years and a few months married. And I was pretty deliberate about deciding whom I would settle down with. I lived with Amanda for about four years before we got married, which followed a practice of living with every girl I seriously dated, and not counting ladies who never made it to live-in girlfriend status. There were quite a few. I was even more deliberate before writing this piece on marriage, which, incidentally, was something the wife wanted me to write after like two mo

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you are on your own heroes journey
how does your protagonist find his faith?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
6.18.12 • CLASSIC

As an avid reader, I tend to develop love for certain genres, certain books, certain characters, certain details. About once a year I read books by my favourite authors, and I don't feel like I've completed a year properly without reading all of my favourites. Fortunately, the urge to reread those books I hold dear tends to wax and wane along with the seasons or my moods. There's always a reason to read something you love.

A lot of the books I read over and over again are, in a way, theological in nature. I would almost venture to say that they speak to me in the way I feel the Bible or Koran might speak to those people with far more specifically defined faiths. The stories I reach for repeatedly have within them the ideals I want to live my life by.

The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran, is almost a meditation for me. Heartbroken or crying, I can feel the words soothing my pain. “When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

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oh oh, here they come
of parents, holidays, and finding a place to reconcile
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
12.19.11 • CLASSIC

At this present time, I am petrified. There's a growing knot of dread in my stomach, a feeling of knowing my life will turn topsy-turvy.

Nothing in the upcoming Christmas holiday is setting off my anxiety; this year, I've been reveling in the arrival of the season by singing along to "Last Christmas" and watching Charlie Brown specials. I've been thrilled to decorate with the usual garlands, and for once, I've even liked hanging ornaments. Having done my shopping on a schedule (for once), no incomplete gift-related tasks are responsible for my ticking Spider sense that something is wrong.

If anything, I should be feeling like a proudly confident bastion of Holiday Cheer. And, for the most part, I do feel like I've been a good elf that's ridden out a tough year and is prepping for a productive 2012.

Then, I factor in my parents.

And, like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, I wilt.

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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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putting the major in major league
how to make sports awesome from college on up
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: sports
6.23.08 • CLASSIC

As a resident of North Carolina and staff member at UNC, I was among the many people who were delighted at the news this past week that Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green have opted out of the NBA draft and will be returning to UNC for their senior years. It greatly increases the chance of seeing UNC in the Final Four and making a whole lot of money off of naive homers in NCAA brackets next spring. But it brings up the perennial issue surrounding college sports: Oh man, I really ho

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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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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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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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