So, ladies, gentlemen and El G, it’s come to this. The Broo Thunderdome must finally be adjudicated, there must be a champion crowned. Rest assured that when wrested this idea from Bill Friday three weeks ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. In fact, I imagined that the idea would get little or no play with the Broo faithful, and it would die shortly after I drafted the initial piece. Little did I know that now nine articles later, I would have generated 160 comments (most better than the articles themselves), 39 reviews (most of them sterling – save one angry... Read More
A buddy of mine called me last week and said, “Hey dood, have you Googled your name lately?” Unlike John Mayer, I don’t Google myself every day.
“You have a stalker, man,” he informed me. “What the heck,” I replied. “I thought stalkers were for celebrities, not bloggers.”
I guess I was wrong. I Googled my name and lo and behold, I found my first hater. I’m not going to tell you the name of his blog, because he (or she) doesn’t deserve the publicity. But, here is what they wrote:
“I know a lot of... Read More
As with any tournament, the excitement of plentiful opening round match-ups and endless possibilities must, at some point, give way to the reality that is, there must ultimately be a winner. As sobering as this thought is on its own, it is also accompanied by the harsh reality that each halving round brings a greater and greater disappointment - for to be out early is to not know being just one or two steps from a championship. The Broo Deathmatch has finally been whittled down to four writers whose personalities are at least as prolific as their writing - or in the tournament parlance... Read More
Right, so I have it on pretty good authority that no one's been able to gather a critical mass of Broo writers yet - but since I threw it out there, here's the deal. I'm gonna have folks over on Monday evening (April 7th) to watch the NCAA Men's Championship game here in Burbank, and I'd like to invite the Broo writers to join me. Now, I'm not going to post my address here in the article, because that's just stupid. But if you'd like to come - just drop me a message and I'll send you the location.
As an added bonus, I will not reveal the winner of the Broo Deathmatch until that night...... Read More
To be honest, I knew that, at some point, this would get difficult. Before this round, I could look at the brackets, and with only a few exceptions, pick the winners right away. But now we’ve gotten down to some of Broo’s best and most profound personalities – and parsing between them is nearly impossible. Writing this has been the most fun I’ve had writing since I joined the Broo. It’s certainly not the best stuff I’ve written, and it goes against the very sage advice I once got in writing humor (to never use “inside” jokes ), but... Read More
Well kids, it’s time for the second weekend of the Broo Deathmatch Writers’ tournament, and along with the drama of the first round came a few wonderfully unexpected developments: First, V finally returned from what we thought was a simple sabbatical Down Under (pronounced "down-unda"), but what actually turned out to be a nuptual getaway – only to find the rest of us knee-deep in American sports-themed nonsense. All heartbreak aside, watching V try to understand just what we were up to and how her name got mixed up in it was easily the best thing to come of this little... Read More
I had the chance recently to sit down with the legendary Portland columnist, Nhemerson before his second round bout of the first annual Broowaha writer Deathmatch. I was reminded by his support staff (a yellow sticky note on his door) that this was a great honor and I should treat this interview like the gracious gift that it was. It went on to list the rules of interviewing such a dangerous man; No direct eye contact at any time, no mentioning of signs of aging like slight belly paunch or receding hairline, and that any mention of Dandy Warhols lead singer Courtney Taylor-Taylor would... Read More
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