Gentlemen’s Agreement

Gentlemen’s Agreement

20

Jul

2017

Let us say, just for the sake of argumentation, that you find yourself on the editorial staff of a large national men's fashion or entertainment magazine.  This is nothing to be ashamed of; certainly, it is humiliating and embarrassing, but we all must make a living.  Should you wake up one day in this position, you must ...
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Call My Baby Tabletop, Tell You Why

Call My Baby Tabletop, Tell You Why

17

Mar

2017

Spring is in the air, and a young man's heart turns to thoughts of love.  I am not a young man, however, so while the rest of you are out enjoying sunshine and greenery and doing your grotesque courting rituals, I am inside basking in the warming glow of a computer screen, thinking about all the role-playing games that mig ...
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20 for 2016

20 for 2016

12

Dec

2016

I don't really listen to much new music anymore.  Partly this is because no one pays me to do it anymore, and partly it's because I have other things to do, but mostly it's just because I'm old, and nobody needs another white guy in his mid-40s telling them what to listen to.  And yet, here we are, and I need content!  S ...
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Whose Loot is It, Anyway?

Whose Loot is It, Anyway?

26

Sep

2015

As campaign season rolls on, we are being treated to the usual colorful fall display of Republicans showing off their economic policies.  Well, it's actually not all that colorful; in fact, it's downright monochromatic.  The G.O.P. doesn't like to talk about economic policy very much, because they don't really have one, b ...
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Après Nous, Le Déluge

Après Nous, Le Déluge

18

Aug

2015

The internet has been aflame this week following a lengthy article in the New York Times about the corporate culture at Amazon.  (A follow-up on Gawker, arguing that tech money in general, but Amazon in particular, has helped render Seattle unlivable, made some good points, but was undercut by having been written by a call ...
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Burrito Economics

Burrito Economics

15

Jul

2015

The minimum wage went up in San Francisco and, blaming the cost of doing business, the overrated burrito hucksters at Chipotle hiked up their prices. Predictably, conservatives popped their collective gaskets, and everyone on the right started screaming "ENJOY THE BITTER FRUITS OF YOUR COMMUNIST WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION, LIBTA ...
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Jail

Jail

17

Jun

2015

And so it was jail again: he could tell, before he had sight, from the smell. Shit and piss and standing water and stale-peach body funk. He clenched his eyelids against torch-light and let his mind wander along his body: his jaw was fat and sore, his lower back had been peppered by clubs (and worse, he desperately needed t ...
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Music is Just So Fuckin’ Hip: David Carradine

Music is Just So Fuckin’ Hip:  David Carradine

18

Feb

2015

David Carradine came from one of Hollywood’s most legendary families. His father John, his brothers Keith, Robert and Michael Bowen, and his niece Martha Plimpton were all actors, but he was no doubt the best-known – for critically acclaimed performances like his role as Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory, popular and e ...
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Who’s Watching This?: STAG

Who’s Watching This?:  <i>STAG</i>

17

Feb

2015

The average cable provider, desperate to compete with the entertainment-dollar encroachment of the internet, brings literally hundreds of channels into the homes of its subscribers, most of them running 24 hours a day. That means, in an average week, there are upwards of ten thousand shows being broadcast. Somebody’s got ...
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Each Pray’r Accepted

Each Pray’r Accepted

15

Feb

2015

Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman’s 2004 film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, was the second collaboration between an innovative director widely celebrated for his groundbreaking music videos and a man occupying the unusual position of being a famous screenwriter. It’s an amazing film, as inventive and complex ...
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Pledge Drive 2015

Pledge Drive 2015

3

Feb

2015

Hi there!  If you're reading this site, that means you enjoy the writing you find here on a regular basis. Or you got here by accident.  Or you're a hate-reader.  Whatever the case, it's wonderful to have you, and I'd like to take a moment to ask you to support this site via Patreon.What's Patreon, and how does it help s ...
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Patrón of the Arts

Patrón of the Arts

27

Jan

2015

Hello, dearest readers of Leonard Pierce dot com:Perhaps you thought I was deceased.  Perhaps you thought that this blog was as dead as Jacob Marley, as passé as Bob Marley, as irrelevant as Marley Marl.  Nothing could be further from the truth.I, Leonard Pierce, for whom Leonard Pierce dot com was presumably named, have ...
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WWATFM

WWATFM

22

Oct

2014

It is a complicated world, and today's worker, student, and/or working student intern has to memorize more data points than ever to prove useful to his instructor/employer.  In the internet age, when all data is instantly accessible to everyone at all times, you might think that rote memorization would be increasingly less ...
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Just Give It to Me Raw

Just Give It to Me Raw

20

Oct

2014

I’m a guy who likes his meat. I figure I have incisors for a reason, and if there’s a dead animal I wouldn’t enjoy eating, I haven’t encountered it yet. More than that, though, I love to cook. A vegetarian diet – or even, may the fishmongers of Seattle forgive me, a vegan one – is fine with me, as long as I can ...
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The Name is Joakes…Richard Joakes

The Name is Joakes…Richard Joakes

29

May

2014

"Thanks for coming in to see us today, Rich.""Dick.""What?""I go by Dick.""Oh! Ha ha. Okay, sorry, Dick. That's one of the reasons we call people in...the preliminary screenings don't really tell us anything. We kind of want to get to know the real you. So, you know, we'll go over your resume, here, and you can just walk us ...
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