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we are all adequite
why everyone needs to lighten up
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
1.3.07 • CLASSIC

I'm not going to lie to you, I just don't have what it takes to be Miss USA. But wait, let's not start off 2007 on the wrong foot. Sexy? Check. Talented? Does baton twirling mean anything to you? Swimsuit? Hammock. Desire for peace on earth? Kumba-freakin'-yeah! But Donald Trump could walk into my life today and offer me all kinds of rehab and the head of Rosie O'Donnell, and I still wouldn't pass the first phase of the background check. I've done things. Questionable things. It recently b

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the drink and the ink
a primer on pursuing publication
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
7.7.08 • CLASSIC

There's a speakeasy in New York City you can only get into through a phone booth in the wall of a hot dog joint. You step into the booth and close the glass door behind you. Two of the three remaining walls are featureless, blank. In front of you there's a phone. Pick it up. Press its only button. One of the walls will slide open. Say the right thing to the hostess and, ta-da! You're in. Getting a book published is like that. The internet is jam-packed with authors, like me, who are trying to

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the clothes make the man
the man makes the other man wear the clothes
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: writing
9.10.07 • CLASSIC

I'm pretty sure that in my last column I mentioned a new job. I don't have time to check, but let's assume I did. When I first started said job, one of my questions was, "What's the dress code?" I had, of course, been wearing suits to my interviews, but at my last job, the dress code had been "no shorts, no hats" unless you were the I.T. guy, in which case it was "clothes." The answer I got was, "We're pretty conservative here. We're in summer office casual right now, but after Labor Day, all

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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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how did i get here?
it has stopped making sense
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
10.6.10 • CLASSIC

A friend of mine recently remarked that a picture of me striking the Heisman pose – with my baby standing in for the football – is strikingly similar to something one of the characters does in the soon-to-be released piece of garbage Life As You Know It. My immediate reaction was to scold my friend for seeing a movie co-starring Josh Duhamel ("Vegas"; on the arm of a frying pan) and Katherine Heigl ("Roswell"; the DVD bargain bin at Wal-Mart). Then I considered the ramifications of his comment,

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portrait of an artist: chad elliott
illustrating an emotional landscape
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: music
10.30.09 • CLASSIC

Singer/songwriter and artisan Chad Elliott constantly tells stories. They're floated on chords, tucked between songs, and layered on canvas. As his tales unfold, Elliott's unassuming character and approachability create immediate intimacy. He's the guy at the end of the bar you want to talk to at 2:00 a.m while the glasses are stacked and the jukebox fades. On his latest release, Redemption Man, Elliott wields a broad stroke of introspective lyricism, gently coaxing the listener’s heart out o

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the year of parenting dangerously
amina's daddy states his case
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: general
8.18.11 • CLASSIC

It will go so fast.

That’s what everyone tells you when you have a child, when you’re about to have a child, when you think you want to have a child, when you even look at a child -- enjoy each moment because they go fast. I didn’t really believe it. I was a child once, and, for me, those years weren’t fast at all. 4th Grade: Crawling. 7th grade: Sluggish. High school? So ponderous, I thought we were moving backwards on some Benjamin Button ish.

But I felt that way because I was the kid. The one with no job, bills or serious responsibilities. The one whose greatest contribution to the world was that I more or less single handedly introduced N.W.A. and Public Enemy to my junior high school. (You're welcome.) So, of course time felt slothful, elastic, listless... I had nothing to compare it to.

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how doing it can help the economy
or: jeff argues for legalized prostitution again
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
3.21.11 • CLASSIC

The other day, I handed my Intrepid Media business card to someone whom I did not know was a freelance journalist. The “chief white house correspondent” title piqued her interest, which forced me to explain how the title was not what she thought. Which then led to me trying to rationalize that I.M. is, indeed, a legitimate website, in spite of my seemingly illegitimate title. Between this conversation, and the occasional mis-remark from a friend that they’d recently read my “blog” (something

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size may or may not matter
i wouldn't say this is a scientific fact, no
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
7.25.11 • CLASSIC

Penis size is all about perspective. You should probably realize by now that this column isn't for the easily offended. Nor is it particularly safe for work, if your boss can read your screen and you have it set to REALLY BIG FONT. I've only just realized that I will probably be very selective in who I send the link to via email. My mom won't be particularly distraught, but my grandmother may be a little shocked. Then again, my grandmother IS the woman who made a ribald comment when I p

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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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the way we read now
amazon's kindle, and the present and future of the digital book.
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: tech
11.30.07 • CLASSIC

On my nineteenth birthday, I fell in love with a book. The moment my fingers touched the supple, green leather cover, worn soft and smooth from age, I knew that I had to own it, so much so that I told my dad that he could send back whatever present he had bought for me because this was it - the only thing I wanted. The content of the book (it happened to be The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas) was almost immaterial. The book itself was my object, and it remains one of my most prized possessi

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understanding the zombie invasion
the popular culture of the undead
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
3.23.09 • CLASSIC

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the graveyard at night, it turns out there's a zombie invasion and the only thing you can think is: "Again?" Zombies are an interesting phenomenon, and not only for their keen fashion sense and their undying love of fresh brain. Whether risen from a shallow grave as a result of an ancient unholy rite, or created from the worldwide pandemic of a virus gone horribly out of control, zombies have one thing in common: they're so damned hip. Of cou

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a diamond in the rough
the rules of engagement
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.27.07 • CLASSIC

When I announced my engagement in September of 2006, I had many visions of what the following year would entail. What I pictured was an endless year of one champagne-drenched celebration after another, all held in my honor. Red carpets rolled out at any available opportunity! And, heck, I didn't even necessarily need parties thrown for me, I'd create them wherever I went, celebrating the engagement until it was no more. I'd have to invest in a tractor trailer to haul all of my fabulous new p

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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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