Friday, April 28, 2017

Is there Life on Earth after Bowie?

David Bowie released his final album in his final hours and then boarded his flight home. Now what? By Andrew J. Pridgen On a foggy morning in February of 1985, I snuck into the Stockdale 6 Cinema in Bakersfield, California with my sister to watch The Breakfast Club. Before the opening credits, this card: And that was it. I knew someone, somewhere...

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...

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...

The story of runner 45429 as she counts down to Sunday’s New York City Marathon

Her name is Elizabeth Ewens. She is my sister. This is her journey. (Warning: it’s not one of those about overcoming adversity as much as it’s just about her being really super-present which is a total hurdle for people today. So that’s huge—right?)   By Andrew Pridgen My sister is this kind of brilliant and generous person who does pretty much...

Scott Weiland was the rock star you thought you could have been

Those who consider themselves knowers of music never paid much attention to Scott Weiland in his prime. His voice, not great. His lyrics, predictable. His moves, borrowed. His career, too long. But now that we’ve lived in the future long enough, we know there was no one better. By Andrew Pridgen Kurt Cobain was too beautiful and broken to be...

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...

Jose Fernandez is the embodiment of a spirit we seem to have lost

"I think that what makes a player good is not out there on the field, it's who he is as a person. I know where I came from, and I know what I want." — Jose Fernandez, age 20 upon receiving 2013 National League Rookie of the Year honors. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jose Fernandez isn’t just special in memory. He is...

The NBA Finals: This jacket is the real MVP

With apologies to Andre Iguodala (and Quentin Tarantino), the night the Warriors won their first title since 1975, this is how I tucked my son in after the Warriors' 105-97 NBA Finals-clinching victory. By Andrew Pridgen Hello, little man. Boy, I sure heard a bunch about you. See, I’m your dad. I was in that pit of hell called being a Warriors fan...

In Prince’s eyes I saw something better than myself

I realize this isn’t the only Prince tribute you’ll read today. But I want to talk about something specific, his eyes. By Andrew J. Pridgen After a couple beers tonight, I’ll start talking about Purple Rain; but not about the music or the motorcycle or the Oscar win from a now-defunct category because the Academy decided nobody could do Best...

Madison Bumgarner hits for himself, thank you

And just like that, it's the year of our Bicentennial all over again. By Andrew J. Pridgen The Giants have been sucking in Oakland. Losers of three in a row to a team that is objectively if not (almost) record-wise the current worst franchise in baseball, the Giants — who BART'ed over to see how their ex roommate is doing since he lost...

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