Book: Woody Guthrie’s dirty little secrets

‘Woody Guthrie, American Radical’ 
By Will Kaufman. University of Illinois Press; 304 pgs., $29.95.


Book: Kirby Gann’s Southern Gothic

Author coming to Carmichael's

Louisville author Kirby Gann would like to introduce you to someone: “Shady Beck, the walker-away from dazzling car wrecks, subject of several profiles in the Pirtle Notice paper, she of the


Book: Deep thoughts by George Steiner

'The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan’

‘The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan’
By George Steiner. New Directions; 192 pgs., $24.95.


Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

Tuning in to Sue Townsend

Back in the 1980s, I kept spotting a book in libraries and bookstores.


Book: The compelling story of a 1st-century cover-up

‘The Swerve’
By Stephen Greenblatt. W.W. Norton; 356 pgs., $26.95.


Book: You’re welcome, Jeral Tidwell

Artist Jeral Tidwell has been a fixture in the local graffiti, tattoo and hot rod scene since he moved here from New Orleans in 1999.


Book: Photographer’s work of decades continues

Shelby Lee Adams presents 'Appalachian Portraits'

He’s been a Guggenheim Fellow and the subject of a substantial documentary film. He’s generated controversy by his photographic methods and personal connection to his subjects.


Book: A wild war story

‘The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan

Culture: Podcasts you might be missing

Back to podcast basics

There are degrees of tuning in and tuning out. A few examples:


Book: Belafonte’s 20th century song

‘My Song: A Memoir’
By Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson. Alfred A. Knopf; 480 pgs., $30.50.