Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Personal Essay

Personal Essay

A Funeral for Sparty

Michigan State lost 90-81 to Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. On Monday, we here at DPB sat in on the funeral as Spartans past and present came to pay their respects. Written by Kyle Magin East Lansing, Mich.--It’s fitting that Steve Smith bore the casket in. As Lupe Izzo--veiled in Nike-supplied black--audibly choked back...

A Trump presidency: The first 100 days

How bad could it be? By Andrew J. Pridgen Day 3: Follow-up son Eric ODs on “a bunch of blow and other stuff” according to the White House press corps. while watching all five seasons of Ally McBeal in reverse order to see the plot unfold as it was intended (the subtext is Calista Flockhart is a kind of female Dorian...

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...

To my father on his 70th

Today Craig A. Pridgen would have turned 70. This is what he taught me. By Andrew J. Pridgen The father of one of my best friends growing up had a study. It was down a long hallway of the second story of their house and it mostly sat empty—the darkest, most shadowy corner of the home. I never set foot inside...

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...

The Fading Light of American Optimism

For almost two-and-a-half centuries we have been the country of can-do. Get knocked down? Get right back up and fight. Now our greatest battle is against one of our own. By Andrew J. Pridgen The thing that has struck me most about this new administration and this almost two-week waking nightmare we are currently in the midst of is whatever happened...

Opening the present that is Opening Day

Happy Baseball! Because no other sport drops off memory and hope at your doorstep like a new phone book bound for the recycling each spring. By Andrew J. Pridgen The world needs another syrupy 817-word warble about the importance of baseball, the we-need-it-now-more-than-ever significance of it like it needs a fourth Hangover installment. So I’ll try to be brief: The world needs...

Five Baseball Books to Read This Summer

Summer means it's time to pass the time by reading about our national pastime! Written by Kyle Magin Baseball is the best sport to watch while reading a book. Announcers don’t so much as breathe heavily unless a team is fighting to line up at the bat rack, so you don’t really miss anything by thumbing through pages except the swing,...

9/11/17

Paul K. Sloan died on the 89th floor South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Donations to the memorial fund in Paul's name can be made to the Brown Sports Foundation, Box 1925, Providence RI 02912. By Andrew J. Pridgen The last night Paul and I hung out together, I was punched in the face outside a...

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...