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

Keeping Up with the Jones

Donald Sterling and the ‘nation of cowards’

In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder (or, as I like to call him, “The Obama you’ve been waiting for”) boldly proclaimed, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself a

Summary of My Discontent

Sweet dreams

Last week, German researchers announced they’ve unlocked a way for people to control their dreams by zapping their sleeping brains with electricity.

Fun with Shrapnel

Why I don’t celebrate Mother’s Day

When my son was born, I felt strange — not in love, not overjoyed. I was tired, doped up and empty where he once was growing.

Stop Calling Me Surly

The VA needs an enema

When VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies tomorrow amid a congressional probe to determine whether an allegedly concealed backlog contributed to the deaths of as many as 40 U.S.