Thursday, March 30, 2017

For Tanya

Mother, survivor, teacher, community activist, writer and editor Tanya Canino passed away on Friday, Sept. 9. She was 55. By Andrew J. Pridgen It was no secret that Tanya Canino and I didn’t share the same newsroom philosophy. Also, she took my job. So, yeah, we had kind of a rough start. For most of 2007, I was interim editor of...

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...

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...

Why yes, I can TOTALLY believe your kid is in fourth grade this year

What I can’t believe is why school starts in the effing middle of summer. By Andrew J. Pridgen I know you can’t, but I can totally believe your kid is in fourth grade this year. And I know you JUST GOT OVER the disbelief that they were in third grade this time last year… like maybe only recently accepted it —...

Bronzed and Bloodied: U.S. Tennis Suprises in Rio

Who we put on the podium in Rio wasn't who we thought ...but maybe exactly who we needed. (in other words, we'll take that mixed-doubles gold!) Written by Kyle Magin These weren’t the Americans you expected in Rio. The 2016 Stars and Stripes tennis contingent looked like star(s) and scrubs on paper. We sent our best--maybe the best ever--in World No. 1 Serena...

Kristin Armstrong – An Olympian for the Rest of Us

"For all the moms out there, I hope that this was a very inspiring day.” By Andrew J. Pridgen Today’s Olympics are about busting athletes out of the shrink wrap every four years, admiring them, cheering for them and then, when the studio lights dim and it is convenient to do so, moving on from them. There is Michael Phelps, the ageless,...

Michelle Obama’s embrace of America is exactly what we needed

...Now let’s get back to it. By Andrew J. Pridgen This campaign season has been one of the most debilitating, disheartening and grotesque in American history. Some of the unrest and rhetoric has bubbled into violence. There is a feeling — a very clear and present and palpable danger — that things are about to get really, really bad really, really fast...

Garry Marshall raised me

...And I think he did a pretty OK job. By Andrew J. Pridgen I grew up a latchkey kid. Or, in today’s terms, I was free-range parented. There were some long days, especially during the summers, when I would go eight or ten hours without the accompaniment of an adult this side of Charles Ingalls, Schneider or Mr. Drummond. From them...

We got a lot: 25 incredible things about Point Break on the day of its 25th Anniversary

Special thanks to Pt. Break scholar emeritus David W. Briggs for calling this one out this a.m. By Andrew J. Pridgen If you’re expecting a link-bait piece about the amazingness of Keanu and Swayze and that unclaimed piece of meat in Baja that turned out to be Rosie, well, fine — you got me. But there’s a lot more to Point...

The man who shared everything without ever needing a device

The world without Vin Scully will be a much less vibrant, less informed place. This year, his victory lap, is more than that — it’s the last time the rest of us will be able to witness a piece of living history. By Andrew J. Pridgen We all know it’s coming. It’s too much to take, really. If 2016 were a desk...

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