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van halen: a different kind of review
ranking the tracks from super incredibly awesome to not as awesome
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: music
3.2.12 • CLASSIC

Very quickly. This is not Van Hagar. There is no Love Walks In. If you had been waiting for that to happen, it is safe to buy this album and you totally should.

There. I just gave you the sum total of every navel-gazing "where-does-this-fit-in-the-history-of-Van-Halen" review I've read about this album. No one cares about the feud anymore. It's been too long. I wish Sammy and Michael the best, even though I never really cared for the direction, especially after the first three songs on OU812.

And I won't say anything bad about Van Halen III except that the only song I can remember from the era is that irritating ballad "More Than Words."

Done. Now, let's talk about this record.

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new year's revolution
suggestions for pop culture improvement in 2010
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: pop culture
1.4.10 • CLASSIC

You know what I loved about TV, movies, magazines, and the interwebs in 2009? Not much. Yes, of course, I am a shameless, whole-hearted consumer of all that is Pop, and I'm not saying there was nothing worth consuming. I consumed. I consumed "Top Chef" and "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Mad Men" episodes by the bucketful, and (500) Days of Summer +1 day after its premiere, and all the Entertainment Weekly I could get my hands on. But all in all, it left me somehow disappointed. And I know

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not well read? well, read!
a portrait of the slacker as a young man
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: writing
6.6.08 • CLASSIC

There's a guy in my neighborhood named Harry. Harry, on nice days, sets up a table on the sidewalk by the CVS and sells paperback books for $1.25. I tend to read on the subway to and from work, and so whenever I find myself bookless, I stop by Harry's table and pick up a good mystery or a good courtroom drama. Harry will usually suggest one to me, based, I can only imagine, on the fact that it's the first one he sees. "If you want to read a good author, try her." "Want a good true crime story?

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yes, we can (watch it from the couch)
why to avoid the inauguration madness
by michelle von euw
topic: news
1.9.09 • CLASSIC

If you’re reading this outside the nation’s capital, I have some advice for you: stay there. I don’t mean always. Of course we would love to have you visit, and if you’re a Red Sox fan, we’ll happily welcome you to Washington on June 23, 24, or 25 for Boston’s first-ever series here against the Nationals, but it's best not to be here for the Presidential Inauguration. Seriously. Stay home. I promise you, you’ll have a much better view of President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama and

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prognosis: negative
implausible reliability
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
11.13.06 • CLASSIC

Here goes nothing. Last week, I was diagnosed with Cat AIDS. Wow, does it feel good to get that off my chest. Honestly, it's not easy to tell people that you have a disease that is typically isolated to gay and/or drug-addicted felines. But I did it. I guess you can consider this column my press conference. After today, Cat AIDS will finally be brought to the forefront. It's no longer a disease for nameless calicos and tabbys anymore. Tempering my pride over this courageous admission

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portrait of an artist: gayle lynds
spying on the world
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: writing
3.29.10 • CLASSIC

It’s no secret: award-winning author Gayle Lynds loves a little cloak and dagger. She’s even written novels under a pseudonym (but if we told you the name, we'd have to...well, you know). Millions of readers around the world follow the twists and turns of her female protagonists as they flip over the mossy rocks of international espionage. Lynds is one of few women writing this genre. In fact, when she pitched her first novel, Masquerade, in the early 1990s, one publisher rejected it, saying,

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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 v: gas and class
what we're paying for and what our presidential hopefuls say about it.
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
5.21.08 • 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 here for more info on the concept. You're invited to add your two-cents by joining the discussion. This one is a two-fer; two topics in one column. And after spending the past two months covering Iraq and Israel, it's time I bring it back home and cover topics that in all likelihood impact you directly (given my demographic). This month, I'm tal

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i, the jury
find me to be working on not (feeling) guilty
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
5.23.07 • CLASSIC

Guilt is a very powerful emotion. It's a motivator, of sorts, thought not a positive one. It's what Catholic mothers are known for using as a weapon to manipulate their children. It's a tangible cosmic energy that can force events into motion that might never have occurred otherwise. Somehow, I've gotten sucked into a life of all-consuming guilt. Does this make me Irish-Catholic by proxy? Not in the way that requires me to attend Mass or confess my sins or take communion (mostly because I'

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a dose of post-oscar shock from the jock
of howard stern, gabourey sidibe, and the ultimate fat crack
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: pop culture
3.15.10 • CLASSIC

To hear Gabourey Sidibe's name is to connect with a current Cinderella story. Anyone familiar with the critical success of the recent film Precious can't help but feel impressed at the formerly unknown Sidibe's first-ever movie performance resulting in a Best Actress Academy Award nomination. That is, anyone except Howard Stern. The shock jock lambasted Sidibe's physical size on his satellite show, saying: "There's the most enormous, fat black chick I've ever seen. She is enormous. Everyone'

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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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star wars: the next generation
in need of an intervention
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: television
9.17.07 • CLASSIC

It's not often that I say things like this. I'm normally a fairly peaceful person, most especially when it involves fantasy. But without even thinking about what kind of horrible atrocities might be hiding in a last will and testament, I will say this: George Lucas needs to die. At the very least, he needs to be stopped. I'll settle for amnesia, or even dementia. Or maybe just a surgical removal of a battalion of yes-men. It's interesting, really. The man created one of the most belove

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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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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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