I got food, but I’m not a foodie

To paraphrase Esquire’s Charles P. Pierce: pertinent musical accompaniment to have and have not, courtesy of The Killers. Today, a consideration of self-identity that originally appeared at...

F&D column: “Tales and cookbooks about Soviet food”

(As published at Food & Dining Magazine on 28 February 2021) Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) was a Russian writer during Soviet times, and to our eyes...

Say hello to Agave & Rye Epic Tacos, an eatery conceived with Floyd County...

"Notes from the Underground" extends a hale and hearty welcome to Agave & Rye Epic Tacos. Here's a preview I wrote at Food &...

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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....

Menu Items: Babette’s Feast, the film (1987): “Once good taste is learned, there is...

 Throughout the world sounds one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me the chance to do my very best. Your faithful correspondent...