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...

Diary for 27 July 2021: I really hate having to drive a car to...

The point of these "diary" entries is to write as the mood strikes me, in the moment. The past few weeks I've made many, perhaps...

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“Death to Chain Restaurants,” or how one evening at Taco Bell (circa 2005) radicalized...

I've meant to tell this story many times over the years. Earlier this week the topic arose at Facebook in the form of a...

It’s hard to converse when your party’s official policy is censorship

 As a prelude to all these preludes, from 2014 straight through to the present day, recently I was approached separately by two local Democratic...

Quadrophenia: “Ain’t it funny how we all seem to look the same?”

Emerging from the shadows of The Dolphin pub in Plymouth’s Barbican, we began walking toward the stunningly perfect natural harbor, the open sea a...