Diary for 21 July 2021: The artist’s name comes first

Can you name the Pope who commissioned Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel? Didn't think so. I had to look it up: Julius II. While I'm...

The Weekly Wad lives on in the minds of malcontents everywhere

I've expended quite a few words to explain why I try to keep high school memories at arm’s length. At the same time, formative...

On Memorial Day, I’d prefer DRINKING beer

A few year ago at a bar I frequented, one of the younger 30-something employees was pushing hard for a Memorial Day promotion to...

Diary for 15 July 2021: Once there was a bridge

Roger, describe your relationship with City Hall in one photo or less. pic.twitter.com/7OZNAjBVAw — Roger A. Baylor (@newalbanian) March 11, 2021 Twitter games amuse me at...

Diary for 24 July 2021: Oversight of government entities? By the News and Tribune?

Let's begin by defining our terms for those just tuning in. The News and Tribune (N&T) is a six-day (Monday through Saturday) daily newspaper serving...

Them ominous vultures

Last week we went for a walk to the pharmacy on a day with clear skies and warmth in the air, too early for...

ON THE AVENUES: A design for life

Originally written in 2016, lightly edited here. Throughout my decidedly mediocre high school basketball career, members of the coaching staff often administered what they surely...

Out and about, in America, in Europe — and in my cups

This one was written in 2009 and revised in 2014. It hasn't appeared anywhere since, which makes it ripe for a rerun. The biggest...

Shane’s Excellent New Words: NIMBY versus YIMBY, though not to neglect BANANA

Now I'm hiding in Honduras I'm a desperate man Send lawyers, guns and money The shit has hit the fan -- Warren Zevon "Shane's Excellent New Words" was a...

Make your own fun, but I will not carry a gun

I will not carry a gun, Frank. When I got thrown into this war I had a clear understanding with the Pentagon: no guns....

Latest article

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...