Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Personal Essay

Personal Essay

Why Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech Ought to be Studied and Emulated Over and Over and Over

Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose. By Andrew J. Pridgen Meryl Streep should not have had to use her Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement acceptance speech as a battle cry. It should have been a long and lugubrious list of tipsy thank yous to her husband,...

God Bless you Uncle Bill

Goodbye to William Stiveson: devoted father, grandfather, educator, Catholic and...devout football fan. By Andrew Pridgen It was late-August of 1992. “Uncle” Bill Stiveson was my high school’s vice principal. I was the incoming student body president. Early one morning, a few weeks before the start of school, I was down at his office working on something for the first assembly...

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...

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...

Should they have stayed broken up?

I just spent dispirited snippets of an hour at work refreshing a StubHub tab and struggling with how much I would pay to see the pair of bands who were my reason for being for the better part of the last two decades...and just got back together. They are, Lush and LCD Soundsystem. By Andrew J. Pridgen Lush’s tranquil and melodic...

Born to run (and be a mom)

It is oft said every journey starts with a single step. That’s not true. It starts with three. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was on time or early for all of Robin’s OB appointments while she was pregnant — a first for me — with the exception of the 40-week. She told me that morning I didn’t have to go, that the last...

The unflinching realness of Bill Paxton made my life a better place to be

Bill Paxton died Saturday of complications from surgery at age 61. The Fort Worth-Texas native appeared in every man of a certain age’s top five favorite movies including: The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), and Titanic (1997). By Andrew J. Pridgen I cannot understate the loss of...

Rogue One: I’m Still Pissed About a Few Things That Were Done to the OG Trilogy

Listen, I really liked Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I’ll probably like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story when it comes out this week because Disney has my number. But I still have a few bones to pick, so read this as a continuation of the immediate post-remastering/prequels fanboy bitching… Written by Kyle Magin ...And another thing, why the...

A Funeral for Sparty

Michigan State lost 90-81 to Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. On Monday, we here at DPB sat in on the funeral as Spartans past and present came to pay their respects. Written by Kyle Magin East Lansing, Mich.--It’s fitting that Steve Smith bore the casket in. As Lupe Izzo--veiled in Nike-supplied black--audibly choked back...

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...

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