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1. the elevator superhero
captain america goes to portland
pop culture - appreciation
4.20.12 : feature column!

The morning we're leaving for our family trip to Portland, Maine, my son discovers one of the hiding places where I've (obviously) failed to conceal an open Amazon box containing two kick ass 10" Marvel action figures. Through the open cardboard flap, he spies a Captain America shield, barely visible through the packaging - but it's enough to send him flying down the stairs yelling "DADDY DADDY I SEE CAPTUM ANMERICA CAN I HAVE HIM!? He's three this month, and there's just no postponing gratific...
2. socialgeist
slimed by digital ectoplasm
pop culture - general
3.14.12 : feature column!

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. Inevi...
3. the cult of eff
bearing facebook's existential weight
pop culture - discussion
11.7.11 : feature column!

Sleepless. 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 ...
4. longhair tv
pop culture - general
2.24.10 : feature column!

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...
5. future tenz
the sexier decade ahead
pop culture - lifestyle
1.6.10 : feature column!

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...
6. possible ride effects
a blog at best
advertising - lifestyle
9.28.07 : feature column!

It's Wednesday again, and I'm not impressed. Another ride to work on my aging Trek mountain bike, which has been modified only slightly with "hybrid" tires that make riding on the pavement a little less sluggish, but will explode if you hit a sharp curb. Fortunately, like most of the commuters you encounter in Boston, curbs in this teenytiny city are worn, dull, and slowly eroding into forms barely distinguishable from the street itself. As I ride in, I listening to yet another podcast. This t...
7. here comes the judge
meet me at baggage claim
general - improvement
12.11.06 : feature column!

For many years I've believed that, at their core, most people are stupid, and in many cases, unreliable and bad for me to be around. I know I'm not alone in this. All around me I hear one person or another complaining about someone else who is so obtusely, squarely, miserably useless that they should be employed only in the service of paperweight, doorstop, or, at best, an observer of their own navel. But maybe I've been wrong. Maybe at their core, people are good. Maybe the girl I work with...
8. if a body catch a body
thoughts on catcher in the rye
general - appreciation
6.16.06 : feature column!

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. -- Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. Thirty years after its publication in 1945-46, The Catcher in the Rye was both the most banned book in America as well as the...
9. nostalgic anxiety
of hummingbirds and feathered hair
general - lifestyle
5.6.05 : feature column!

My last Intrepid column was published one year ago yesterday. A day that also happens to mark the birth of my old school, cruisin' for chicks at the ol' Putt-Putt behind Mickey Dee's, U2 and RUSH cover band buddy Stephen G. Cook (Intrepid Member since '00.) Intrepid founder and suspiciously patient (given that I haven't written anything in over a year, that is) Joe Procopio will certainly have no trouble recalling the endless racks of Marby Reds, the sweet-sticky taste of those disgusting wine...
10. if sardines could talk
the pros and cons of commuting
pop culture - lifestyle
4.14.04 : feature column!

If sardines could talk, their Monday-morning coffee banter might sound something like this: "Hey Lenny - glub-glub." "Hey, Bob -glub- how ya doin?" "Well, if you really wanna hear about it -glub- this fuckin tin can is killing me." "I hear that -glub- say, Bob...your eyes are looking a little glazed...you might wanna get that looked at..." Most cities don't have public transportation like we have in Boston. We've got buses, an extensive subway system (otherwise known as "The T"), and the Co...


re: longhair tv

Pretty long haired hippy boys were always my downfall!

re: longhair tv

Really original piece. And God, today's leading men really are namby-pambies.

re: future tenz

Wonderful, but not quite perfect!!!!

re: here comes the judge

You're onto something big with this.

re: here comes the judge

One of my favorite Jeff Miller columns. Touching while remaining very very real.

re: here comes the judge

True, so true!

re: if a body catch a body

Interesting personal insights

re: if sardines could talk

A little too short. I would have liked more examples of types of subway riders. That said, what's there is gold.

re: the running man

Spikey, topical humor. Gotta love it. Apply where it itches.

re: the running man

Amusing. Not deep, but amusing. And no, it wasn't obvious to me before you brought it up!

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