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the late shaft
talk shows battle like it's 1993
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: television
2.1.10 • CLASSIC

When people approach me in the local supermarket or at the Jazz Dance studio and ask me how I got to be so damn funny, I usually have three answers: 1. Screwball Teen Comedies 2. Gatorade 3. David Letterman Then I chastise my entourage for letting the general public wander into the Joe Zone. Beyond the obvious implications of the rule-of-threes and non-sequiturs in that list, my answer has a lot to do with upbringing. I was exposed to funny at an impressionable age. I was a little kid during

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advice, column
who's behind the answers to your questions?
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: news
6.5.06 • CLASSIC

People are wary of strangers’ opinions. The saleslady who says you look great in the expensive dress doesn’t necessarily have your best interests at heart. If you ask a bartender whether you should have another drink, chances are he’ll say yes. And when someone on the street offers their opinion, good or bad, you’re likely to think: Where did that come from? And yet, there’s this: advice columns. People write to strangers for advice every day. Dan Savage. Ask Margot. It all started with Dear A

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something poignant this way comes
how do you measure a life?
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: general
9.11.06 • CLASSIC

Saturday, September 2, Beach Haven, New Jersey. The hurricane (or what was left of it) was starting to move away, leaving us with a little leftover rain and wind. Noticeably not a beach day. We had just finished ordering lunch when my brother got the phone call from his friend Dan. Too loud in the "Chegg," he went outside to take it. When he returned, his face was ashen: "Gene B-- died. Car accident in Arizona." The family is friends of ours from down the shore. Their house is two blocks away

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christmas choices
seeing the season through children's eyes
by michelle von euw
topic: pop culture
12.8.06 • CLASSIC

Dear Virginia, (I know, you’re not Virginia, but if I used your real name in a public forum, you’d become embarrassed and, let’s face it, so enraged we would no longer be friends, which would defeat the whole purpose of this, so to protect your privacy, not to mention my own skin, I’m going to call you Virginia.) Last week you asked me what you should do for Christmas. OK, maybe you didn’t ask me –- maybe you were just voicing your problems and not actually looking for answers, but every once

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nothing to worry about
except everything
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
4.6.09 • CLASSIC

I am going to be a miserable father. Relax. This is neither an announcement nor another installment of my ongoing series: "I Hate Your Baby." It's merely a prediction. Right now, it's 3:30 in the morning and I am wide awake, writing this column. Why? Because I'm waiting for my wife. She is currently in a rental car with two strangers, at the tail end of a middle-of-the-night drive up the eastern seaboard,all the way from Richmond, VA to NYC. Why? Because air travel is the devil. After a five-

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welcome to scuzzy iowa!
a guidebook for caucus attendees
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
12.28.11 • CLASSIC

If you’re planning to visit Iowa in 2012, I presume you’ve read a certain dismissive diatribe by University of Iowa journalism professor Stephen Bloom in The Atlantic. And, as some people are prone to do, perhaps you considered it a gospel account of life in Iowa. Scuzzy river towns. Desolate rural areas. Scary Deliverance-type meth-head hunters.

Jell-O eaters.

If we were to believe his lede (but the narrative loses direction so quickly, how can we?), the piece intended to demonstrate how Iowans are grossly unqualified to crack champagne on the bow of the presidential cruise ship every four years known as the Iowa Caucuses.


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my cup runneth over
enthralled by a summer of soccer
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: sports
7.17.06 • CLASSIC

I was first formally introduced to soccer in the eighth grade, when I, for no other reason than boredom, elected to join the team at my school. My junior high was small, so small that you would not be cut from any sport team you joined, no matter how pathetically you played. This was fortunate, as seeing that most of my blond, suburban teammates were given soccer balls shortly after they stopped breastfeeding, and I was never what one would call "naturally coordinated." Soccer was big in high sc

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message to the reluctant parent: part 2
grinch heart
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: general
5.18.11 • CLASSIC

I’m proud to announce that on April 18, 2011*, my wife and I experienced the joyous birth of our first child, Linus Theodore Walker, at 7 lbs. 3 oz., 20” long, and with a full head of beautiful dark hair. I ran a piece last December (you may recall) wherein I discussed my anxieties vs. my hopes about having a baby. I promised at the end of that piece that I’d keep you posted on my thoughts about becoming a parent -- the "afterbirth", if you will. Hence, this part 2. So what’s it li

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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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tales from a top chef dinner
how twitter gave me a firsthand taste of my favorite cooking competition
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: general
8.18.10 • CLASSIC

Anyone who exists in my orbit knows that I love "Top Chef." Here at Intrepid Media, I've written about it a few times, from making fun of Jaime Lee Curtis's criticism to interviewing past competitors Stefan Richter and Robin Leventhal. In recent broadcasts of this current season of "Top Chef: DC", I live-tweet my trash-talking critical commentary while occasionally chatting with cheftestant Kenny Gilbert. So, since 2006, I've generally reserved Wednesday nights for "Top Chef" viewings, and I'v

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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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every step you take
the latest in stalking technology
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: tech
7.21.08 • CLASSIC

Unless you've been under a rock for the past 10 years, you've probably heard of this series of tubes called the Internet. Chances are (unless you have particularly thoughtful friends who have printed this column out, thereby rendering any of the handy links that are to follow completely useless) you're on the Internet right now. You might even be familiar with the lovely term Web 2.0. Web 2.0 is, as briefly as possible, a term to describe websites that embrace interactivity and user-generate

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who moved my chi?
finding my way back to inner peace
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.23.08 • CLASSIC

I'm an incredibly organized person. I keep an "Infamous To Do List" that is updated daily and nothing gives me greater pleasure than checking off items. I like clean surfaces and carefully arranged closets. Clothes belong in a chest of drawers, not the floor of my bedroom. I have boxes and drawers and baskets, all to better organize my life... and my husband's life if he would only listen to me and STOP LEAVING ALL THAT CRAP ON THE DESK! When something is lost in the house, it's inevitably

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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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