Thursday, November 23, 2017

The necessity of Father’s Day

Until recently, I viewed Father's Day as a kind of afterthought. The pack of gum in the express line of holidays. Nice to have, sure, but not necessary. By Andrew Pridgen Fathers throughout time have been trying to figure out—spent lifetimes trying to figure out—whether they are necessary. The rub of being a father is this answer only comes when it's nearly...

“Excerpt from a text convo lamenting how boring ski porn has gotten” A story for aging bros who came of age in mountain towns during the early 2000s

As told by every sad bro ever since the trailer for Fade to Winter dropped Wednesday. By Andrew Pridgen “Sup bro?” texted James. He was sitting in traffic and pretending not to text which made it look even more like he was texting. Pause. (An ellipsis denoting Mike texting back made James smile.) “Sup,” Mike texted. James and Mike have been bros for a decade,...

Scott Weiland was the rock star you thought you could have been

Those who consider themselves knowers of music never paid much attention to Scott Weiland in his prime. His voice, not great. His lyrics, predictable. His moves, borrowed. His career, too long. But now that we’ve lived in the future long enough, we know there was no one better. By Andrew Pridgen Kurt Cobain was too beautiful and broken to be...

UNLV Students Change Newspaper Name, Racists Lose Their Goddamn Minds

UNLV students are to be commended for trolling the living shit out of Trump’s America. Written by Kyle Magin Thank you, thank you, thank you to students at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’s student paper, The Rebel Yell. Its editors announced a decision Monday to rename the paper due to its Confederate undertones (itself a call out to the...

Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson doc underscores how little progress America has made in terms of race

Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. And it has been built back nearly everywhere else in America since then. By Andrew J. Pridgen Barack and Michelle Obama’s segment as talking heads during the second hour of Ken Burns’ new Jackie Robinson doc (airing April 11 and 12 on PBS and streaming online) was about Robinson’s legacy as it...

To my father on his 70th

Today Craig A. Pridgen would have turned 70. This is what he taught me. By Andrew J. Pridgen The father of one of my best friends growing up had a study. It was down a long hallway of the second story of their house and it mostly sat empty—the darkest, most shadowy corner of the home. I never set foot inside...

Mashable welcomes Millennials to writing careers by laying off editorial via Slack

Delete. Delete. Delete. By Andrew J. Pridgen Well, it happened. On Thursday, Mashable, the place you go to find out whether your dog is popular or to hear abortion stories, laid off all the editorialings in the immediate wake of Turner’s $15 million investment in the Buzzfeed-inspired media stream geared toward the generation that constructs sentences out of cartoon thumbnails. Layoffs suck....

The NFL’s suspension of Adrian Peterson was never about doing the right thing

Commissioner Roger Goodell and his team of attorneys know suspensions don't hold. Eventually the NFL gets sued by the players association and athletes like Adrian Peterson get reinstated to play. Why taking the loss means major gains even if it does nothing to solve the problem. By Andrew Pridgen Last fall, the NFL lawyer machine did what it does best. It...

News aggregator sites share in the splendor of L.A. Times Pulitzer Prize win by running headline: ‘Here’s what we know about actual newsrooms’

Mashable, Uproxx and Buzzfeed and all the other things take part in historic win for the Times by re-re-posting the Times’ staff work on their sites. By Andrew J. Pridgen Piggybacking on the good fortunes of the L.A. Times newsroom for grabbing a Pulitzer in Breaking News Reporting Monday for its coverage of the San Bernardino attack, news aggregator sites lit...

Why white people taking engagement photos in front of places where white people used to work signals the end of capitalism and life as we know it

We unapologetically telegraphed our demise to one another and did it with a smile and a chalkboard. By Andrew Pridgen Capitalism is over. The experiment is done. It failed. It not only failed for the masses it was supposed to fail for, but it is now failing for an ever-growing number of the few it was supposed to benefit. But we...