Stop Calling Me Surly

Bingham blessings trump curses

For the first time in nearly a century, the mansion high atop Glenview is for sale.

In Visible Ink

Power of pop culture

I’ve devoted most of my columns to musings about social and political issues, but as anyone who knows me well can tell you, my most favorite thing to write and talk about is popular culture.

Keeping Up with the Jones

The necessity of black studies

Recent allegations by former North Carolina-Chapel Hill basketball player Rashad McCants have refueled perennial debates about university athletic department practices, exploitation of college athl

Summary of My Discontent

A promise to Magdalena

The obituary, yellow and brittle, had a line that landed like a sock to the solar plexus: “Besides his wife and children, his aged mother, Mrs.

Fun with Shrapnel

Art for hunger’s sake

There was a time when my family was, for all useful purposes, destitute. During that time we ate a lot of tuna casserole and a lot of beans.

Stop Calling Me Surly

Illusory security tax

When I write “The Complete and Unabridged American History of Fear” chronicling disproportionate public-policy panic reactions to dreadful events, I shall devote a chapter to Louisville

In Visible Ink

A new dawn, a new day for District 1

Now that the dust has settled on the District 1 Metro Council race where Jessica Green ousted incumbent Attica Scott, I am inclined to do a little ranting about the race.

Summary of My Discontent

Another outbreak threatens U.S.

Health-care workers around the globe are trying to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, while also striving to contain SARS, bird flu, measles, drug-resistant tuberculos

Fun with Shrapnel


Recently I found myself watching the documentary “Mortified Nation,” based on the confessional reading series “Mortified.” People go on stage and read their diaries from mid

Stop Calling Me Surly

One shining audit

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen last week gave taxpayers a gargantuan gift in his yearlong audit of Jefferson County Public Schools: a comprehensive roadmap for reform and modernization of an an