Books: “The Cold War from the Margins” in Bulgaria

In May I read a good book about a little-known aspect of the Cold War. The Cold War from the Margins: A Small Socialist State...

The books I read in 2020

From December 22, 2020 at NA Confidential. Some articles from late in the year were not archived here, and this is one of them.  The...

“Trieste,” a novel by Daša Drndić

It can be daunting, perhaps even crippling, to consider the immensity of what remains unknown about the wider world. What we as individuals know...

“When the Doves Disappeared,” a novel by Sofi Oksanen

The novel is called When the Doves Disappeared, written by the Finnish/Estonian author Sofi Oksanen. The English translation was released in 2015. The publisher...

Times change, but Ernest Hemingway was an inspiration to this youthful traveler

Originally published as "(Ernest) Hemingway in a time of mercifully silent thunder" on April 23, 2020. A Ken Burns documentary about Hemingway is coming...

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ON THE AVENUES: Daze of future passed (1998 – 2021)

Pints&union began operations three years ago yesterday (and today, and this week). The following column first appeared at the NA Confidential blog in 2018,...

Moody Tongue Beer Dinner at The Exchange in New Albany, 28 July 2021

At Moody Tongue, our goal is to create thoughtful, exciting beers that blend familiar flavors with quality ingredients through our philosophy of culinary brewing:...

Diary for 28 July 2021: “Craft” is especially nonsensical when tacked to “hard” seltzer

The point of these “diary” entries is to write as the mood strikes me, in the moment. I'd suggest we piss on hard seltzer, but...