Author Archives: Erik

Ice Bucket Challenge: When Narcissism and Philanthropy Collide

If you’re friends with white people from the USA on Facebook, you’re probably privy to the Ice Bucket Challenge, a social-media form of celebrated charity-donation avoidance. The cause here is ALS(Lou Gehrig’s Disease), notably, drumming up awareness and money to … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa of a Sellout

In the mid 1990s, the student body at the middle school I attended abided by a set of rigid faction politics that seemed completely normal at the time. Superficially, an outsider might perceive your standard clique dynamics at play, but … Continue reading

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Like Moths To Tragedy

A few years ago, an out of breath friend called me with a story about how he was “just involved in a car accident”. The story, told mostly through forward-inching narration peppered with dramatic huffs of anxious relief, featured my … Continue reading

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Why that Ted/Magic Mike meme makes no sense.

On June 29th, the world of summer cinema saw the release of Ted and Magic Mike.  Ted is a Seth MacFarlane(vintage Family Guy, American Dad, newer and considerably less funny Family Guy) raunch-comedy about a CGI teddy bear(voiced by MacFarlane) … Continue reading

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Why did the pedestrian cross the road?

If you’ve ever driven a car around a modestly populated area, you’ve probably encountered this:  you’re driving, you happen upon a crosswalk, you see a couple of pedestrians eager to cross, you let them. Then, in a turn of events … Continue reading

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Sad that Whitney Houston Died? Yeah??? WHY DO YOU HATE OUR SOLDIERS???

Inevitably when a famous person dies, there’s always the counter-reaction after the initial wave of sympathy.  After the sincere mourners have gotten all of their “pain” out of the way, there’s always the folks right behind them who somehow need … Continue reading

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The “Rick Ross Award” For Best Rick Ross Guest Verse

Drake(feat. Rick Ross) – Lord Knows It sort of defies logic how consistently compelling Rick Ross is.  His presence in the industry borders on oversaturation.  His lyrical content rarely strays from trap talk and boasting of wealth excess.  And still … Continue reading

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