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...

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...

Books and politics, with Roberto Bolaño and “The Savage Detectives”

In the year 2015 I ran for mayor of New Albany. During a candidate Q & A, I became the first mayoral candidate in...

“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...

Louisville beer, now and then (or, my 2014 review of Kevin Gibson’s “Louisville Beer”...

Because, I really nailed this one. --- Louisville Beer, Now and Then “Anyone who has groped among the dark beer dungeons which lie for a number...

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Diary for 19 September 2021: Your shrinking attention spans annoy me

If there is any one common denominator to help explain the ever bottoming nadir of daily life in the industrialized (and desperately sick) world,...

That’s much better. Cultural appropriation wasn’t ever necessary just to walk for tacos

Earlier today there was a "taco walk" in downtown New Albany. It seemed to go fairly well. I even helped a bit at the...

Sunday Summary for 12 September 2021, or, links to what I’ve been writing lately

I seem to have settled on biweekly writing updates, which serve the purpose well enough. The aim is unchanged: an every-other-Sunday compendium of links here...