Jonathan Miller, the Democratic state treasurer who’s rising like a phoenix from the ashes of Kentucky’s Republican-dominated politics of the last three years, is standing against a brick wall on Louisville’s Fourth Street, just north of Theater Square, outside LEO’s front door. He’s cheesing with all kinds of white teeth, shoulders back in good posture, straight-backed and cradling before his stomach my hardback copy of his new book, “The Compassionate Community.”
Sports Sunday. Is there anything more sublime than reading The New York Times sports section the day after the Bronx Bombers have spit the bit yet again? Correct answer: No. The so-called “best lineup in the history of baseball” was drawn and quartered by my Tigers, who were but a week removed from blowing three straight at home to KC, the worst nine in the game.
<ART>Through Oct. 21Photo Show I’m not telling you anything new when I say myths and fairy tales are full of humanity’s dark side, or the “shadow selves,” as photographer Mary Yates calls it. “There isn’t always a happy ending,” she states in the press release about her work. “If a pleasant conclusion is reached, there has been much turmoil and grief suffered to attain the fruits of victory. Malevolence, suffering and the hope for divine reward — the shadow lurks in all scenarios.”
Some of the players: involved with the new graffiti wall on East Market Street. Standing, from left to right, Jo Anne Triplett and Bob Markert, members of the Mayorâ€™s Committee on Public Art, and Cynthia Knapek from Operation Brightside. In front, artists Jeral Tidwell and Se“We all need a place for Some of the players: involved with the new graffiti wall on East Market Street. Standing, from left to right, Jo Anne Triplett and Bob Markert, members of the Mayorâ€™s Committee on Public Art, and Cynthia Knapek from Operation Brightside. In front, artists Jeral Tidwell and Se voice,” says Jeral Tidwell, the “lowbrow” graphics artist whose own fervent voice has helped convince the mayor’s office, no less, that legal graffiti art may become the next cultural asset for Louisville.
On The Scuzz of Campaign Politics: Is Anne Northup a big fat liar? (New attack ads, Web site, more of the same misdirection)
Note: The Stink Eye thinks context is important, especially during political campaigns, many of which tend to thrive on the lack of it. So for the next five issues, we’ll be here to offer some context and analysis to the squabbling that will no doubt pollute your eyes, ears and minds until Nov. 7. If you’ve got something to say — about us or them — write to email@example.com.
We here at The Stink Eye endeavored briefly to take a serious gander at the other heavy races flashing across Louisville’s TV screens — the Baron Hill-Mike Sodrel rematch in Indiana’s 9th district is particularly loathsome (and annoying). Still, the most dynamic and sullied is our own here in the 3rd: John Yarmuth versus Anne Northup.
This I Believe: How did the old Edward R. Murrow program fade away? And how did it make a comeback in the 21st century?
Ira Glass, discussing the book “This I Believe,” which collects essays wherein people state core beliefs, said: “It makes me hopeful about America … Hopeful in a way that’s in short supply lately.” Reading essays by Louisville-area residents made me feel the same. A dozen appear in this issue as part of a new partnership between LEO and WFPK-FM to bring those essays to light. Details are listed on page 12, and we encourage you to not only read these essays but to also examine your core beliefs and write your own. —Cary Stemle, editor
Anything for a dollarIn a letter sent to supporters three weeks ago, U.S. Rep. Anne Northup asked for financial contributions to her campaign, saying she was behind in fundraising because of the break she took in campaigning following the death of her son Joshua, who died in July of an undiagnosed heart ailment. She referred to Joshua’s death as “the circumstance.”
Saints are marching in.
Frank Lloyd Wright said, “An idea is salvation by imagination.” Kris Kimel said, “Why not?” OK, I don’t know if he literally said that, but when Kimel was pondering a festival of ideas, the Lexington scientist and entrepreneur clearly was thinking big. IdeaFestival, the subject of Fairleigh Brooks’ cover story (Page 14), moves to new home in Louisville next week. The four-day program is far-reaching and impressive, and we are happy to see Louisville host a progressive event that celebrates thinking. Could this be the start of something big?—Cary Stemle, editor