Thursday, November 23, 2017
Personal Essay

Personal Essay

A Christmas Prayer from the Evangelical Trump Voter

Please bow your heads... By Andrew J. Pridgen Dear Lord, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace, At this time of uncertainty, please keep us on this Christmas Day from being preoccupied by the distractions that face a nation and a world. And please punish mightily with sores on the crooks of their elbows the almost three million extra Americans, mostly from...

20 years after his death, the changes Tupac called for aren’t the ones that came

...Tupac was killed September 13, 1996 and things have yet to get better. By Andrew J. Pridgen I grew up in the moment of excess conversation. If anyone ever wants to know what it was like, I point them to a pair of Ethan Hawke (the ‘90s prince of goatees and drippy bangs and slack) movies, Reality Bites and Before Sunrise....

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...

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...

God help us…if we still deserve it

Today is the day a chosen few will voluntarily move to appoint a despot the leader of the free world. How we got here and what to do now. By Andrew J. Pridgen I find this past month that I vacillate between "Well, who knows what will happen, just have to keep moving." And "Oh shit, time to move into...

Welcome to baseball 2016: Spring Training in midstream

Pitchers and catchers aren’t the only ones working the kinks out in February. By Andrew J. Pridgen My first spring training was in March of 1999. The old timers (the still upright World War II snowbirds) were on hand with their whiskey and oxygen, riding custom golf carts around Old Town Scottsdale, buying general reserve seats and scooting down behind home...

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...

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...

Gene Wilder wasn’t funny which is what made him hilarious

Gene Wilder died on Sunday night at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83. By Andrew J. Pridgen Funny never dies. That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I heard of Gene Wilder’s death on Monday. Some things are eternal and as long as there’s memes and late-night cable, there will always be room in this world for...

#antigunmemes

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent this week V-8 slapping yourself in the face as the biggest collective of asshats from your high school/former job/whoever the fuck that is and how do I even know anyone from South Carolina(?) who have somehow taken over your feed posting about the Constitution and prayer and mental illness and guns and...