ON THE AVENUES: When love and hate collide, or my father’s dalliance with the...

Originally published at NA Confidential on 21 August 2020. I thought about this essay earlier today, after reading a post by a friend at...

Welcome to Nawbany, Episode 1: Let’s all fight for something, anything, whatever

The New Albany City Council's current president is at-large councilman Jason Applegate, who on March 7 asked that "everyone keep the people of Ukraine...

EXILE ON SPRING STREET: In defense of godlessness in everyday life

After much thought, I've decided to retire the "On the Avenues" identifier after all. As we enter 2022, OTA becomes "Exile on Spring Street."  Until...

Diary: “The moral and aesthetic nightmare of Christmas,” by the late, great Christopher Hitchens

In 2021, I pleased the local powers-that-be by allowing the NA Confidential blog to run its course, and by doing so, liberated myself from...

Diary: It’s very disappointing when independent small business owners become science deniers

Recently at Pints&union we received a cyber complaint from a disgruntled customer. To his credit, the patron made no effort to conceal his identity, which...

Diary: Even I have to admit the parade manages to slow traffic

The Harvest Homecoming parade returns today after a year's COVID layoff. Those of you who know me well understand the depth of my love-hate...

Diary: For 11 years, NABC’s Fringe Fest added conceptual depth to Harvest Homecoming

Charles Dickens anticipated the record of my working career as it pertains to the late NABC Bank Street Brewhouse (415 Bank Street in New...

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,...

Diary for 7 September 2021: Time to learn

I was awake early this morning, and started listening to WUOL 90.5, Louisville's classical station. It took me back to the early 1980s, the period...

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...

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40 Years in Beer, Part Eleven: The Fat Cats Deli & Pub was short-lived...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Ten: When friends actually did let friends drive drunk. My consciousness was forever altered by Europe. The obsessions engendered...

Diary: Maybe I’m just having a bad week, or month, or…

I can't recall a time in my life when "retirement" made sense. If you're doing what you love, as I mostly have, then why...

Does New Albany even have an intellectual history?

Originally written and published at NA Confidential on October 30, 2014. ON THE AVENUES: Does New Albany even have an intellectual history? The last time I...