Diary for 9 July 2021: Origin Park is the green space equivalent of Jeff...

Diary for 9 July 2021 Earlier in the week I mentioned to a few friends that a new ON THE AVENUES column was forthcoming. However,...

“Howard Zinn’s July 4 Wisdom Stands the Test of Time,” followed with a rant...

Howard Zinn, Mark Twain, Edwin Moses and me, but first, Frederick Douglass. Dave Zirin, one of a select group of sportswriters who really matter,...

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...

Diary for 1 June 2021: Constructive criticism is seldom tolerated at the grassroots

If there is any one surefire takeaway that springs to mind from my lengthy period of civic engagement — the grassroots era, those "localism"...

The wild, wild Right Bank of the Ohio

Not so long ago, one of the downtown bars within extended staggering distance of our place of residence posted a social media notice in...

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...

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....

Battered, bruised, and crawling back onto the non-band wagon

"The Dutch blueprint for urban vitality isn’t about bicycles. It’s about refusing to sacrifice vast amounts of the public realm to the private car;...

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...

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Not Hip & Fewer Hops: A few instructive beers in Ostrava in 1989

(Originally published at Food & Dining Magazine on September 6, 2021.) For me, drinking beer is not a performative exercise, even if cameos are allowed....

Shane’s Excellent New Words: Hagiography — or haggis?

Welcome to another installment of SHANE'S EXCELLENT NEW WORDS, which was a regular feature of the now defunct NA Confidential blog. But why new words? Why not the...

Hunter S. Thompson eulogizes Richard M. Nixon (1994): “He Was a Crook.”

Arguably, the finest political obituary in American history. A Twitter friend linked to it recently, remarking that he rereads the piece every few months....