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...

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...

NAHA evicted my friend from his longtime home. What can be done to help...

Riverview Tower is a 16-story New Albany Housing Authority (NAHA) building dating to the early 1970s. Depopulation has been underway for a while, and...

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Dr. Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse, now pouring at Common Haus

Dr. Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse currently is pouring at Common Haus Hall. In late May of 1989, I flew into West Berlin for three...

The famous mishap in Madrid, November, 1989

This column from "On the Avenues" originally was published at NA Confidential on November 14, 2019. Kindly note that nothing came of my plan...

From 2017: “When it comes to beer, less might yet be more”

This column was written in 2017. Pints&union came along in 2018, and Common Haus Hall in 2022. At both these establishments, owned by Joe...