Monday, April 23, 2018
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,...

Old Dude is Still Figuring out Facebook, Blows Up Horndog Fest for Julia Mancuso

This week's social media equivalent of someone 'introducing' you to Modest Mouse. By Kyle Magin People who are sincere on social media are the best. A typically fun/sexy/I-live-in-sunny-perfect-places Facebook post from World Cup skier Julia Mancuso of she and bestie/rad snowboarder Hannah Teter paddleboarding in bikinis on Lake Tahoe this week produced this particular comment thread: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaMancusoUSA/photos/a.10151613204437693.1073741826.131459577692/10152906345252693/?type=1&comment_id=10152906353447693&offset=0&total_comments=124&comment_tracking={%22tn%22%3A%22R3%22} Robert Dwyer Perfect butt! ! Like ·...

“Excerpt from a text convo lamenting how boring ski porn has gotten” A story for aging bros who came of age in mountain towns during the early 2000s

As told by every sad bro ever since the trailer for Fade to Winter dropped Wednesday. By Andrew Pridgen “Sup bro?” texted James. He was sitting in traffic and pretending not to text which made it look even more like he was texting. Pause. (An ellipsis denoting Mike texting back made James smile.) “Sup,” Mike texted. James and Mike have been bros for a decade,...

Farewell, reason

Obama's final speech was celebration, pause and harbinger. Written by Bridget Clerkin Farewell, reason. Farewell, measure. Farewell, you ugly and unpopular and slow plod toward progress. The President’s swan song was a declaration of its times, in turns anxious and strained, beseeching even, but stirring and hopeful; a parent sending his child out into the world, breath held tight and fingers crossed. His...

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...

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...

Trump’s rise simply a manifestation of America’s internet porn addiction

Tenuous connection? Not in the land of the disconnected. By Andrew J. Pridgen Trump ran for president before. In 2000, his sideshow reached epochal lows when, as the Reform Party candidate, he was pilloried by commentator Pat Buchanan for his lack of substance and abundance of hubris. Trump, in turn, swiped back generally referring to Buchanan as a "Hitler-lover." The cult...

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...

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...

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...