Thursday, March 30, 2017

Growing up a racist — and trying to do something about it

Growing up white in the post Civil Rights era pushed racists into the closet. And they have done a good job — until now — hiding their true colors. By Andrew J. Pridgen My name is Andrew Pridgen, and I am one racist-ass motherfucker. Hard to believe, right? A white kid from Marin County who grew up with every access and advantage known...

My Facebook feed reminds me constantly that things are TOTALLY OK in America

Keep it going! By Andrew J. Pridgen When I moved down here, I vowed not to read any news, or books, or listen to any public radio, or go outside and see for myself, or walk into a cafe and talk to — you know — actual people. I mean, that’s why I moved down here. Here is 28 feet underground in a...

Your hateful, misinformed memes have TOTALLY changed my mind

Holy shit. What have I been thinking? By Andrew J. Pridgen There I was, going along, trying to do right by my family, friends, coworkers and neighbors. Trying to make sense of what this country is going to look like in a decade not only in the context of where we are now in the complex age of globalization and ever-shrinking...

The real 395

The 395 south of the sign is south of heaven. Written by Kyle Magin Scenic US Route 395 ends abruptly. Somewhere southbound along Eastern California’s beautiful backdoor byway toward Southern California, around Olancha after you see the first Joshua Trees popping up from the shitty soil, CalTrans makes it very clear you are leaving the state-designated Scenic 395 corridor. The land beyond it--a...

Why I Will Miss Anton Yelchin Like Crazy

Another good-bye, but this time a premature one By Andrew J. Pridgen I encountered Anton Yelchin at a q&a after the press and industry screening of a movie he starred in called “Like Crazy” at Sundance 2011. A beanie’d kid with fair skin and light eyes was sitting next to me in the dark theater and when the lights went up he...

I wish I knew how to quit you the internet

I mean, I am gonna quit you. And I will miss you when I need to look up at 2:27 a.m. what happened to Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket in the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) hint: large animal vet ...but I won’t miss much else. By Andrew J. Pridgen I am quitting the internet. I am quitting, but not in the...

Ali

I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want. — Muhammad Ali By Kyle Magin Were Muhammad Ali born 50 years earlier than 1942, he’d have been lucky to get a shot at the heavyweight boxing title of the world, and...

Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show may have something …and no, it’s not a STD

Bad reviews, her executive producer's dismissal and documenting the first time Tony Hale and Bill Hader have ever not been funny on camera notwithstanding… Handler is learning episode by episode how to bring the talk show into this century. By Andrew J. Pridgen Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show comes off not as important as it is self-important. Though her directives are...

Ziggy Snider’s no. 1 fan

As Indy 500 prepares for its 100th start Sunday morning, a story about my father and how much he longed to be a part of just one of them. By Andrew J. Pridgen For almost a decade starting in the late-'70s my family lived in Bakersfield. My attorney father was doing oil litigation, and my mother had grown up in...

USFS officials are clearly ignoring the fact that they stumbled upon a mass murder scene at Lake Shasta

The 2016 Slaughterhouse Island massacre is second only to obscene data overages caused by Snapchat as a parent’s worst nightmare. By Andrew J. Pridgen The internets grew a new tail Tuesday from posted pictures of a University of Oregon outdoor school field trip turned deadly orgy of careless bottled water discarding on a spit of land called—ready—fucking Slaughterhouse Island at...

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