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them snookered youngsters
can rock age gracefully?
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: music
8.2.10 • CLASSIC

Last Saturday night, in a moment of what can only be called discount enlightenment, I happened to watch the DVD version of The Runaways and then turn the DVD player off just in time to see a rerun of Ashton Kutcher introducing Them Crooked Vultures on SNL. Who promptly rocked all you kids off of their lawn. For the record, The Runaways was awful, save for a scarily spot-on performance by Kristen Stewart. But beyond that it just piled one rock cliche on top of another overdramatized moment from

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40 weeks of a new life
what the books don't tell you
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: general
12.5.11 • CLASSIC

First of all, it makes a liar out of you.

You become sneaky, underhanded. For example, take alcohol. You pour yourself half a glass of wine so no one asks why you're not drinking, but then you carry it around for an hour just touching it from your lips to time to time and not actually ingesting it. You carry your wineglass to the kitchen and/or the bathroom so you can dump out an inch or so, or you "forget" it on a side table, or you make an agreement with your husband to switch glasses every now and again so he is gradually emptying both his and yours. Or, if it's too much hassle to pretend, you lie about why you're not drinking: red wine gives you a headache (which is true, but it's never stopped you before); you're on antibiotics (not true); you're hung over from last night (definitely not true); you haven't been sleeping much and don't want to pass out at the dinner table (actually, that one's not far off.)

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resume, resumbe, resumsee
some little-known (and big-known) dos and don't's of job interviewing
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
7.9.10 • CLASSIC

About a month ago, I celebrated my year anniversary at my current position. Yes, I brought in bagels. Did you even have to ask? A year was a good milestone, though, especially in this economy. I know this firsthand, since my last job abruptly ceased to be after 7 months, due to an inability to pay me and a bunch of other people. Luckily for me, 7 months has been my shortest tenure anywhere since moving up from "temp," with 7 years being my longest. It turns out that technically, there's no itc

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what a difference a decade makes
by michelle von euw
topic: general
12.11.09 • CLASSIC

A lot can change in a decade. As this one draws to a close, it's impossible for me not to look back at the last ten years and consider where we were when we started this millennium mired in Y2K fears, terrified that computers wouldn't be able to handle the switch from our short-sighted two-digit shorthand and consider a world beyond the 19-something-somethings. Two years later, we were dealing with a different type of fear, one that to most of us, felt much more real than the theoretical sc

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pandora's box
blue-icidal tendencies
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
5.7.10 • CLASSIC

This past Wednesday I did something unprecedented. For the first time in my life, I got up and went for a run before work. Running through the park early in the morning on a beautiful spring day, I saw a side of it I’d never before witnessed; a quiet, peaceful side, unblemished by packs of howling children, swarms of yelping dogs and that one random guy who practices break-dancing on a piece of cardboard. Not sure the early morning, pre-work run is going to become a habit, but I think I kind o

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the bad boys of television
and why we love watching them
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: television
11.30.09 • CLASSIC

Periodically, entertainment magazines float out the titillating buoy title, "Bad Boys on Television!" There's a splash pictorial of hunks, usually all under age 25, shirtless, and pouty, or with wry sideways smiles and frisky forelocks loose across their foreheads. 9021-ooohh. The summer of 2009 was no exception. BuddyTV ran a "Which TV Bad Boy is Right for You?" quiz. AOL developed a slideshow featuring everyone from Spike (James Marsters of "Buffy" and "Angel") and Dr. Christian Troy (Julia

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funny people
the plight of black sketch comedy television, pre & post-chappelle's show
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: pop culture
3.12.12 • CLASSIC

Nothing has filled the void of "Chappelle’s Show", Dave Chappelle’s brilliant, edgy Comedy Central sketch show that deftly navigated American racial, political, pop cultural and sexual mores over two glorious seasons (2004-06). There has been nothing even close, and I wish studio execs would come up with a back up plan before robbing us of such a broad, accessible moment of genius. Or simply treat their talent better.

Prior to Chappelle, there was nothing to fill the void of "In Living Color". That statement is so true that Fox, desperate as usual, recently (re)hired that show’s original creator, Keenen Ivory Wayans, to reboot the show with a whole new crop of diverse, hip sketch comedians. This decision was made, of course, almost 20 years to the day that Fox made working conditions so unbearable that Wayans walked away from the show that he created from scratch.

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the cylon election?
all of this has happened before and all of this will happen again?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: pop culture
10.18.10 • CLASSIC

For the average voter, a mid term election has about as much allure as a mid term exam did in school... in a subject you hated. Even for me, who ran an unprecedented ten piece series leading into the 2008 presidential election here at Intrepid Media, this particular mid term election has the appeal of standing in line at the post office, which I hate. My local branch always has a long slow line no matter when you go. People mailing odd shaped who knows what. Making special requests. Getting i

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eating, praying and loving
when you're not made of money
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
8.25.10 • CLASSIC

It’s almost as if the recession ended and no one told me (or gave me a raise). For some, spending a fortune on taking a vacation is the point rather than a means to an end (the experience). It’s just another form of elitism. Even in these economic times, I read in a Gallup poll done in May of this year, Americans report that they are expecting to vacation less this year, but intend to spend more on transportation and other holiday and leisure costs. I read an article retweeted from both Trace

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memoirs of an anti-geisha, part ii
recalling the latter half of latex times
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
1.16.09 • CLASSIC

Time passes. The season changes from autumn to winter. You spend time both at the dungeon and your Daisy Duke gig, a schedule that leaves you with only one day off during the week. However, you write off your exhaustion; you disregard your body's pleas for more than three-hour intervals of sleep. You still remember that rush, the adrenaline that shot through your veins after your first successful session. Yvette books more appointments with you, and Aphrodite is pleased to see that he likes you

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a part of our speech
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
4.16.12 • CLASSIC

Loving: Noun
Loving begins as a noun, but not just any noun. Loving is a personal noun; it is something we experience only through the prism of ourselves. We can’t point to the source of love, diagram its location, or dissect it from our body, and yet it is there. Loving is also a noun in the stricter sense: Richard Loving, a white man born in Caroline County, Virginia, in 1933.

Loving: Verb
Loving may begin as a noun, but we know it best as a verb. We recognize love only because we see it in action: caring, sharing, laughing, kissing, touching, soothing, healing, helping, grieving. These actions can shape our lives, yet we can’t trace them to a source. Love – of nature, of creatures, of music – is a mystery in the abstract, but vibrant in reality. Something happens in your spirit, your physical heart might thump, your nerves might jitter, and suddenly that potential for love comes out into the open. That kind of spark caught Richard Loving (noun: white) and Mildred Jeter (noun: black) and whirled them into action. They were loving each other, and – as it always does – that love was shaping their lives.

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a primer
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
9.23.09 • CLASSIC

This past Saturday marked the beginning of Oktoberfest 2009. For the next 2-ish weeks, it'll be nothing but polka, sausages, and tasty, tasty Oktoberfest beer, no matter where you turn. What's that I hear you say? It's only September? Why so it is! It so happens that Oktoberfest begins in September and didn't even originally involve binge drinking. A quick dive into history The first Oktoberfest wasn't a beer festival at all. It was a commemoration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig

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the cult of eff
bearing facebook's existential weight
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
11.7.11 • CLASSIC


It's two in the morning. My 5-year-old daughter has been in school exactly one week, and she's already brought home a lovely collection of drawings, handwriting worksheets, and the requisite headcold, which is now keeping me awake, along with the surprisingly annoying pitterpat of rain on asphalt and a Sudafed-induced psychedelia of voices and images swirling 'round my poor, stuffy skull.

I'm a bit of a worrier, and at my age and life stage (the two aren't exactly in sync thanks to my spending all of my twenties and, yes, even some of my thirties trying to be a professional musician) there's plenty of nourishment for the big green monster loving in Binkley's Anxiety Closet.

Still, I was somewhat shocked - enough so to prop myself up and subject my watery eyes to the microwave blaze of the iPad - to discover I was not only lying awake, suffering the indignities of late-night snot and Psuedoephedrine night terrors, I was also sweating the increasing burden and exponential, existential complexity of Facebook.

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re: irrussistible
I am not going to read it this time. I do and I just cannot pull myself together to comment. It is a beautiful tribute. I am very glad that you wro...

re: guns don't kill people....
Can we please find a way to heal and protect? I NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man opened fire Friday inside two classrooms at the Connecticut elementary sc...

re: a year without netflix
I would expect that and especially Netflix. Marketing, baby. They're spending zillions to get new subscribers....

re: everybody poops
What a bunch of crap! :-D Sorry. I tried to let it pass. Butt I'm weak. [edited]...

re: you are on your own heroes journey
Too short. Sigh. Thanks Maigen. I just miss him. I am glad that I can find people who cared deeply for him here. He had such good friends here!...


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