40 Years in Beer, Part Eleven: The Fat Cats Deli & Pub was short-lived...

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Ten: When friends actually did let friends drive drunk. My consciousness was forever altered by Europe. The obsessions engendered...

Diary: Maybe I’m just having a bad week, or month, or…

I can’t recall a time in my life when “retirement” made sense. If you’re doing what you love, as I mostly have, then why...

Does New Albany even have an intellectual history?

Originally written and published at NA Confidential on October 30, 2014. ON THE AVENUES: Does New Albany even have an intellectual history? The last time I...
My Beers in the GDR, Part Three: Yes, there was lots of beer in East Germany

My Beers in the GDR, Part Three: Yes, there was lots of beer in...

Previously: My Beers in the GDR, Part Two: Sharing a few Pilsners with a future war criminal. “Germans absolutely cannot live without sausage and beer.” –Soviet...
My Beers in the GDR, Part Two: Sharing a few Pilsners with a future war criminal

My Beers in the GDR, Part Two: Sharing a few Pilsners with a future...

Berlin Wall commentary (western side). Previously: My Beers in the GDR, Part One: A working lunch in East Berlin, August 1989. East Berlin world clock at...
My beers in the GDR, Part One: A working lunch in East Berlin, August 1989

My beers in the GDR, Part One: A working lunch in East Berlin, August...

The photo above is the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate, viewed from West Berlin in 1989. Here’s the same wall seen from the East...
40 Years in Beer, Part Ten: When friends actually did let friends drive drunk

40 Years in Beer, Part Ten: When friends actually did let friends drive drunk

Previously: 40 Years in Beer, Part Nine: The point of know return. It has taken me a long while to understand that it usually takes...
“Death to Chain Restaurants,” or how one evening at Taco Bell (circa 2005) radicalized me

“Death to Chain Restaurants,” or how one evening at Taco Bell (circa 2005) radicalized...

I’ve meant to tell this story many times over the years. Earlier this week the topic arose at Facebook in the form of a...
It’s hard to converse when your party’s official policy is censorship

It’s hard to converse when your party’s official policy is censorship

 As a prelude to all these preludes, from 2014 straight through to the present day, recently I was approached separately by two local Democratic...
Quadrophenia: “Ain’t it funny how we all seem to look the same?”

Quadrophenia: “Ain’t it funny how we all seem to look the same?”

Emerging from the shadows of The Dolphin pub in Plymouth’s Barbican, we began walking toward the stunningly perfect natural harbor, the open sea a...