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...

The house painting job

My dentist practices in a rural community a good forty-minute drive from where I live near Louisville. The route passes through the town where...

ON THE AVENUES: Welcome to “Pagan Life,” a weekly column devoted to heathens, infidels,...

ON THE AVENUES is the name of my longtime column at the former NA Confidential. It makes the passage to Exile on Spring Street....

There’s plenty of good food to eat without red meat and fowl

In a rare display of resolve, I've been meatless (red meat and fowl) for the first two months of 2021; might as well go...

What I do that occasionally equates to a monthly house payment

For those who've just tuned in to my periodic "Notes from the Underground," kindly note that I hold two minor positions inside the New...

Welcome to Roger’s web site, an “Exile on Spring Street”

"Exile is a dream of a glorious return. Exile is a vision of revolution: Elba, not St Helena. It is an endless paradox: looking...

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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....