Saturday, September 23, 2017

Things are getting so bad I’ve started listening to R.E.M. again

...And I’m not sure how I feel about it. By Andrew J. Pridgen It’s not that I ever stopped liking R.E.M. it’s just that I grew up and away from them. There was more out there to discover. R.E.M. was a gateway drug like shake weed, Natural Ice or glossy print porn before the world was full of disgusting Eastern...

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,...

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...

Death of the Press Box’s 16 biggest posts of 2016

It was the worst of times and then times got fucking worse. By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin In hindsight we might think about how cute and quaint our complaints of this year really were with no world wars, no internment camps, no jailings of dissenters and not having to say sentences like, “I can’t believe they bombed my Starbucks...

2016: A Year in the Life and Death of the Press Box

The Tributes By Andrew J. Pridgen and Kyle Magin Prior to 2016, Death of the Press Box wrote exactly one homage and that was more of a construction update on the Cal Neva hotel and casino. This year, in accordance with the changing conditions of the social, political, environmental and economic landscape that reversed the course of the conversation (mostly, in...

We owe it to Carrie Fisher to keep fighting

Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60 at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday in Los Angeles. Fisher once requested that her obit say she “...drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.” Done. By Andrew J. Pridgen With but four days left in 2016, it is impossible to address the passing of Carrie Fisher without putting it in the context of all...

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...

I am none of the surprised that 2016 stole Alan Thicke from us just under the wire

…Oh I will waste another minute on my crying tonight. By Andrew J. Pridgen Saturday, August 27, 2016 might be one of the greatest sports days of my life. It started in an Uber in West Hollywood looking for a liquor store that sold Colt 45 Blast en route to Dodger Stadium and ended with a toast at famed hole-in-the...

I’m with her because she’s with Joe

And that’s all there is. By Andrew J. Pridgen The last time I hung out with Joe, like really hung out, not just at a wedding or in Vegas or on a quick phone call, was when he came and visited me while I was living in Lake Tahoe. It was nine, maybe ten years ago now. Fuck. It’s been a decade....

The Elephant Bar is where dreams went to die were they to have known they were dreams in the first place

RIP Elephant Bar. We will miss that dry heave-inducing Kona Kooler and Chicken Lettuce Wraps combo over a post-work drink lament on a Tuesday. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was fortunate enough to call Concord my work home for three years early in my career. As a community reporter for the Contra Costa Times, my beats were Martinez, Walnut Creek...

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