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....

How I learned to stop worrying and love El Jefe — or, Nawbany’s “Person...

NA Confidential’s Person of the Year awards began in 2011, when the blog was going strong and approaching the apex of its readership locally....

Diary 11 December 2021: That ol’ bait and switch, forever

https://www.rogerbaylor.com/2021/12/09/diary-9-dec-2021-political-patronage-police-empowerment-and-sheer-paranoia/ This is America, after all, and given the probability that each one of us has been duped by the unscrupulous from time to time,...

Diary 9 Dec 2021: Political patronage, police promotion and pervasive paranoia

The reporter John Boyle (WFPK) does a great job of sifting through complicated material and explaining the situation clearly. Late rent and unsigned leases: Building...

Diary for 21 November: A deeper understanding, or not

Dear reader, Gazing at the empty sheets of (cyber) paper, you might think to yourself that I've reverted to sloth, but it isn't true. As Diana...

Roger’s F&D Archive: “Mezcal: Tasting Mexico by the Kiss” (2017)

A mezcal musing, originally published by Food & Dining Magazine (Spring 2017; Vol. 55). Mezcal: Tasting Mexico By the Kiss Mezcal won't tell you everything about...

OTA Archive from June, 2020: “There, there. People are dying, so you may have...

In New Albany, Harvest Homecoming is once again under way after a year's layoff owing to COVID safety protocols. This column originally appeared at...

The Mysterious Case of the Departing Policemen

There was an opinion piece in the Jeffersonville News and Tribune. OUR VIEW: New Albany Police Department, city must be transparent about resignations Over the span...

Sunday Summary for 26 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...

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40 Years in Beer, Part Eleven: The Fat Cats Deli & Pub was short-lived...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Ten: When friends actually did let friends drive drunk. My consciousness was forever altered by Europe. The obsessions engendered...

Diary: Maybe I’m just having a bad week, or month, or…

I can't recall a time in my life when "retirement" made sense. If you're doing what you love, as I mostly have, then why...

Does New Albany even have an intellectual history?

Originally written and published at NA Confidential on October 30, 2014. ON THE AVENUES: Does New Albany even have an intellectual history? The last time I...