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it's all vanilla ice's fault
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: music
7.1.09 • CLASSIC

Yes, I am going to rail on this again. Yes, there are more important, globally-impacting events going on in our world. Yes, Iran is the new Iraq, the economy is in the tank, and even so, Michael Jackson probably should have been the topic of this column. Or Billy Mays. But dammit, we still find ourselves mired in a bizarro universe in which record companies are hell bent on suing their customers as a primary marketing strategy (the secondary strategy being placing hit singles in Burger King c

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six wrongs, half a dozen rights
taking a look at pop culture hindsight
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: pop culture
9.3.08 • CLASSIC

In entertainment, as in so many other things, hindsight is 20/20. And it’s often worth it to take a look back and congratulate yourself on the things you got right, as well as slapping yourself on the wrist for the things you got wrong. Although I’m still waiting for New York Magazine to apologize for summing up The English Patient in its Fall 1996 Movie Preview issue as (I’m paraphrasing since it’s been a while, but it was something along these lines) "a little movie likely to get overshadowed

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neo-con...dem nation!
caught between barack and a hard place
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: news
11.10.08 • CLASSIC

November 6, 2008 I can honestly say I have never been as proud to be a citizen of the United States of America as I am this week. I did not expect the outcome of this election to effect me so viscerally, but I freely admit that I have found myself choked up more often in the last two days than pretty much the entire rest of my life. It's been like watching the end of "Field of Dreams" over and over and over again. When he calls the young John Kinsella "Dad" and asks if he wants to have a catch

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whose concept of conception?
a mother-to-be questions the church's position
by michelle von euw
topic: general
3.8.10 • CLASSIC

Dear United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, It’s not a secret that we haven’t been very close lately. We haven’t exactly seen eye to eye on a variety of issues, dating all the way back to the middle ages (for you) and the second grade (for me), when I asked why a woman priest couldn’t give me my first communion. For the first three decades of my life, I struggled to find some sort of middle ground between what you often said, and what I considered to be a purer interpretation of the te

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i am the decider
unless i'm not
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
12.8.08 • CLASSIC

I often have a difficult time pulling the trigger. Unlike Plaxico Burress! BOO YA! I'm obviously not talking about literal triggers; I've never fired off much more than a BB gun (and some sick ass one-liners). I'm not some anti-gun nut, though. Guns don't kill people, being shot kills people. So relax. The triggers I can't seem to pull are purely figurative. The whole phrase is just a metaphor for my indecisiveness! I'm not as bad as some people I know. For instance, I don't need to consult

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the forgotten independent
thoughts of a non-label voter
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
8.29.11 • CLASSIC

"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.” ~ President John Adams, 1789

Forget the Tea Party and the Coffee Party and Circle of Moms and MoveOn and all those other trumped-up, rabble-rousing, soundbite manipulators. I believe far more people uphold independent, moderate beliefs than either extreme Republican or Democrat zealots dare to admit. Unfortunately, independents are the round pegs that don't fit into square conservative or trapezoid liberal holes, and there's not a single politico who runs the middle ground with sure feet, because it's believed there's no money scattered across it.

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ryan gosling in the driver's seat
iconoclastic star shines in two different hollywood dramas
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
10.13.11 • CLASSIC

I love L.A. movies. Not movies shot in L.A. or abstractly set there, but films that live and breathe their L.A.-ness, because it’s a difficult thing to do. In a city so often associated with illusion – a city that can give you everything from snow-capped mountains to deserts, where sunshine and rain can be blocks apart – capturing its true essence can be, at times, like capturing water in your hands.

Drive, the first Hollywood film made by the Denmark-born, New York-raised Nicholas Winding Refn (you need to see his film Bronson TODAY) is so Los Angeles. Not the plot, necessarily, but its essence, its feel, its heart. The film stars Ryan Gosling, a gifted actor whom I have been a big fan of since his breakthrough, Oscar-nominated work in Half Nelson (2006). His unnamed character, a stunt car driver of mysterious origins, hardly speaks for the first twenty minutes of the film and it is a testament that we know so much about his character by then, even though we haven’t been told much. Gosling does more with his eyes or a smirk than just about any actor of his generation.

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a message to the reluctant would be father: part 1
overcoming pedophobia
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: general
12.15.10 • CLASSIC

When I was writing this month's piece, I was at first reluctant to write about my upcoming child. After all, Michelle just wrote about raising her boy, Jason wrote a letter to his unborn child, and Julianelle started a blog on being a dad. And this is far from an exhaustive list on articles about children on this site. I'm just saying, the competition is stiff; Maybe we're not Salon or the Huffington Post, but our staff here is not a bunch of troll slouches. However, at this juncture, it'

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my eyes are bigger than my stomach
taking on more than you can handle
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
2.23.09 • CLASSIC

What happens when you have so much on your proverbial plate that you literally don't know where to start or what to do? Or you're scared of taking that first 'bite' because you might not like it? Or it turns out to not be what you wanted? Or you're so locked into analyzing what might be or could be or should be you completely fail to take action at all? I am staring at this plate of mine, and it looks huge. Daunting. I am not so much holding onto my fork as I am grasping for a handhold in

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all about my mother(s)
13 moms with meditations i've come to love and understand
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: humor
5.15.09 • CLASSIC

May is, as we all know, the Month of Mom. Aside from her birthday, Mother's Day is that time of the month my mom expects us to celebrate her; to neglect her is The Wrath of Khan personified in tiny little Asian lady form. Trust me, it's more terrifying. However, Mother's Day isn't just a question of my mom. I am who I am courtesy of all my mothers. They remind me of what they've passed my way— and, in a few cases, what I learned about them from other family connections that I'm still not su

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from blog to book
an interview with sarah wendell
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
7.22.09 • CLASSIC

We here at Intrepid are fans of the internet (shocking, I know). Not only has it brought us Beer Mapping and Cat Yodeling, but it has also - more than anything else - changed the relationship between readers and writers, challenging both groups to redefine themselves in terms of a new medium. With this new medium have come new opportunities for reading, writing, promoting, and interacting with other readers and writers. No-one knows the power of this new medium better than Sarah Wendell and Can

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the world baseball classic
you're (still) doing it wrong
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: sports
2.27.09 • CLASSIC

As it turns out, the Netherlands have a national baseball team. So do Italy and South Africa. This should come as a shock and a surprise to no one, and yet it still seems wrong, somehow. They are competing in the World Baseball Classic starting next week. Betchya didn't know. Based on numbers of television-watching fans, baseball is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is behind only soccer, cricket, field hockey, tennis, volleyball, table tennis, and every other sport that Amer

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constant craving
*the secret* to success
by heather m. millen
topic: humor
8.27.08 • CLASSIC

The other day I was sitting at my desk. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon, the day had been a bit stressful and I was greatly in need of a tiny token of relief. Suddenly, I realized that all my soul craved was a cookie. I don't eat cookies very often but who am I to judge what my soul desires? My husband happened to call and I said aloud and with conviction: "I really want a cookie." Ask. Cookies are good. I used to make cookies with my grandmother. She made these amazing little thumbp

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


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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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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