Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Personal Essay

Personal Essay

Republican Convention: Actual overheards from the RNC floor

...As transcribed from actual sentence fragments. By Andrew J. Pridgen “Everyone gather on the floor at approximately 6:45 p.m. we’re going to stage the largest type 2 diabetes flash mob in history!” “When Larry the Cable Guy is Secretary of State there’s NO WAY another Benghazi is going to happen...especially with that giant slingshot of his.” “Not sure what’s next on the agenda...but...

A Trump presidency: The first 100 days

How bad could it be? By Andrew J. Pridgen Day 3: Follow-up son Eric ODs on “a bunch of blow and other stuff” according to the White House press corps. while watching all five seasons of Ally McBeal in reverse order to see the plot unfold as it was intended (the subtext is Calista Flockhart is a kind of female Dorian...

Opening the present that is Opening Day

Happy Baseball! Because no other sport drops off memory and hope at your doorstep like a new phone book bound for the recycling each spring. By Andrew J. Pridgen The world needs another syrupy 817-word warble about the importance of baseball, the we-need-it-now-more-than-ever significance of it like it needs a fourth Hangover installment. So I’ll try to be brief: The world needs...

I’m scared to be an American

...and I'm not the only one. By Andrew J. Pridgen I read last week that the first newspaper I worked for, the Contra Costa Times, is folding. This came as no surprise to me. My first beat was reporting for a handful of weeklies under that paper’s umbrella in the late-1990s with a bunch of other aspirational Woodwards and Bernsteins, or...

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...

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...

What I know of Don Solem

Donald L. Solem, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at his home in Mill Valley. Donations can be made in his name to SupplyBank.org. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was chatting up Dick Spotswood at some cocktail reception for some ballot measure in the fall of 1997. I had no idea who Dick Spotswood was, but he was next to...

The Fading Light of American Optimism

For almost two-and-a-half centuries we have been the country of can-do. Get knocked down? Get right back up and fight. Now our greatest battle is against one of our own. By Andrew J. Pridgen The thing that has struck me most about this new administration and this almost two-week waking nightmare we are currently in the midst of is whatever happened...

Five Baseball Books to Read This Summer

Summer means it's time to pass the time by reading about our national pastime! Written by Kyle Magin Baseball is the best sport to watch while reading a book. Announcers don’t so much as breathe heavily unless a team is fighting to line up at the bat rack, so you don’t really miss anything by thumbing through pages except the swing,...

9/11/17

Paul K. Sloan died on the 89th floor South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Donations to the memorial fund in Paul's name can be made to the Brown Sports Foundation, Box 1925, Providence RI 02912. By Andrew J. Pridgen The last night Paul and I hung out together, I was punched in the face outside a...