Thursday, March 30, 2017

What your couples costume says about the state of your relationship

How doomed is your relationship? Below, what your Halloween couples costume says about your short- and long-term status. By Andrew J. Pridgen Let’s face it, the trying-too-hard couples costume is the beginning of the end. It's about the same as when the duo in question says they’re going to therapy to see what it’s all about or are trying new...

Fifteen years on

I'm drunk and wearing flip-flops on Fifth Avenue. Once you've fallen from classical virtue. Won't have a soul to wake up and hold you. — Rufus Wainwright By Andrew J. Pridgen Paul’s sister was a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman. On the morning of September 11, 2001, she was on her way to work and her brother was already at his desk. She...

From a father to a son

Exactly one hundred days after I witnessed the miracle of my father drawing in his final breath, I watched my son greet the world expelling his first like a light. A moment later, I felt the tremendous weight of my father, his father and his father too as their hands came to rest on my shoulder. Their voices soft...

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...

This Christmas, don’t get me anything

My father, like most fathers, absolutely became burned out at the prospect of receiving gifts on Christmas. That is why, every year when we pretended to want to know what he wanted, his response was a sharp, “Don’t get me anything!” He humored my sister and I when we were children with an accommodating embrace of our creative endeavors. I...

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...

How the chase for clicks and analytics-based reporting may simultaneously kill the media and elect Trump

Finding our way back to a Dark Ages of information one click at a time. By Andrew J. Pridgen In the old media Dark Ages, only the office flu went viral. Articles were shared by passing them across the breakfast table. And liking something meant, you actually liked it—not that you felt you needed to in order to placate someone looking...

An Open Letter to Will Gordon Regarding Bell’s Oberon

Dear Will Gordon, I’m not here to skewer you for calling one of the best wheat beers I’ve ever enjoyed “overrated.” You taste more beer in a month than I do in a year and may have something of a point on quality. I am here to tell you your understanding of the love Michiganders, Midwesterners and people in the...

How the fuck is school starting already?

Ed’s note: Usually we try to keep the venting amongst the staff, but summer is pissed. By Summer (as told to Andrew Pridgen) Hi, Summer here. What up yo? What the fuck fuckfaces. You remember me? How bout some reminders: Smell of fresh lawn cuttings, some vague memory of tire swings, lemonade stands, baseball games, burnt hot dogs, slow-motion running through the sprinklers,...

Backcountry Buffoon

How refusing to follow the basic tenets of hiking the backcountry could have turned an innocuous afternoon into injury...or worse. By Kyle Magin Stella appeared clownish, grinning. My lab mix’s black face and Yoda-ears peered down at me from the top of a snow cornice, where she’d laid her head on her front paws to watch me navigate disaster. “I should take a...

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