Monday, May 29, 2017
Personal Essay

Personal Essay

The Evil has Landed

Why is America being flown by the asshole on the plane? By Andrew J. Pridgen It happened. It happened like how you woke up this morning. You don’t know how you did but you did. We elected, freely elected, the candidate endorsed by the KKK, white supremacists and those who occupy the highest offices in the Kremlin. Congratulations, we are...

No George Michael, I will not accept your resignation from this life…especially NOT on Christmas

George Michael was not only the most brilliant singer and performer of my lifetime but he quietly fought more than half of his career for the LGBT community and AIDS-related causes. He died Christmas Day at the age of 53.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Both blessed and star-crossed, George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London in the...

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...

So we’re clear, traditional moderates and conservatives are just as fed up with this bullshit

Republicans have over the last decade been co-opted by a fringe movement and remade themselves into a party of ridiculous piety, insecurity and wealth. They are a danger to the rest of us as long as the rest of us remain silent. That time has ended. How do we know this? Look no further than Utah.  By Andrew J. Pridgen Like the...

By the Pussy, For the Pussy!

Inside...the women's march on San Diego. Words and Photos By Bridget Clerkin I lost my friends before I even showed up. The logistical calamity of arriving to the San Diego Women’s March left me initially stranded, stepping straight from my surge-priced Uber into an already fast moving stream of supporters, all flowing to the city’s Civic Center. Attempts to call or text the...

The worst day of my life was spent wine tasting

The life and near-death experience of a day spent among the vines By Andrew Pridgen It sounded like such a good idea. It’s someone’s odd-numbered-year birthday. There’ll be a limo-van thingy. Girls in unnecessary boots. Guys in unnecessary scarves. We’ll order lunch off a chalkboard that’s made in a truck. Day drinking! A group photo-op on the lawn while blurry bocce...

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...

The Fault In Our Stats

The pollsters got it wrong. Math did not predict the 2016 election. Nate Silver fell from grace. So how do we explain all that? Look no further than the mighty burrito. By Andrew J. Pridgen It did not take long this election season for me to figure out there was a fatal flaw in boy wonder Nate Silver’s once impenetrable...

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...

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...

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