Sunday, April 22, 2018

On killing in the name of religion

The most common thread I see through all religion and religious practices is the ability of participants to act as judge and in extreme cases, as shown in Paris with yesterday’s Charlie Hebdo murders, jury and executioner. As an adult, I find it hard to find value in any religion, for anyone. Save for maybe the ones (Hezbollah/Mormonism) that provide...

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...

Wide awake from the American Dream

I worry about a lot of things. My paycheck just cleared and yet more than two-thirds of it is already spoken for. We found a cockroach in the garage. My son was born earlier this year after both of his grandfathers had passed. Who will teach him how to fish and spit? My mother texted me with the news...

How the chase for clicks and analytics-based reporting may simultaneously kill the media and elect Trump

Finding our way back to a Dark Ages of information one click at a time. By Andrew J. Pridgen In the old media Dark Ages, only the office flu went viral. Articles were shared by passing them across the breakfast table. And liking something meant, you actually liked it—not that you felt you needed to in order to placate someone looking...

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...

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....

Why does the America’s Cup fucking suck so bad?

What's up America's Cup? By Andrew Pridgen That's an actual question, not the rhetorical kind. It's like what the fuck is up with you? For starters, and I'm not even gonna mess around, like could you take the word America off your title? I checked with Obama and he's like "unless they can come up with a more American sport than sailing...

Baseball isn’t fair

A recent trip to the Midwest has Kyle Magin reeling from the pitiable probability of an early playoff exit for Pittsburgh or Chicago. By Kyle Magin If form holds in the National League Central, baseball is about to give you a tantalizing look at what will never be this week because it’s a sport built upon the corpses of its insufficiently-gestated...

Long live The Crosby

By Andrew Pridgen My first At&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was in 1985, the last year it was called The Crosby. My father drove me down and while I chased Gary Carter around the links (still the friendliest pro athlete I’ve ever met, I blame his time in Montreal) my father was able to follow Palmer, Travino and Snead—his favorite...

So Long Grey Lady

How the New York Times’ first round of buyouts signals the end of ...something. By Andrew J. Pridgen Part of my weekly ritual is taking my son to get a coffee and a New York Times on Sunday morning. He likes to put sugar in the coffee, one. Pack. At. A. Time. And I like the expression on the barista’s face...