Issue January 28, 2014

Literary LEO 2014

Once again, LEO devotes its pages to the city’s most talented writers and photographers. We’ve held our annual Literary LEO contest for more than two decades now, and each year it’s refreshing to observe the depth and scope of all the submitted entries. LEO believes in the written word and the power of photography, and … Continued

Literary LEO 2014

A Good Job is Hard to Keep by MaryAnn Fitzharris In San Pedro Sula, in northern Honduras, the festival was in full swing even though it was early morning. On his way to work, Manolo Sanchez drove past street vendors who filled the air with sweet aromas. School children — on holiday for the fair … Continued

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Low Tide by Eve Forbes Julie sent yet another email from her phone. It was tiresome, typing so many letters on the small keyboard. She wished she could just call, like normal people did, or text. But that’s what you get when you are involved with an artist. Brent needed to concentrate. He had explained … Continued

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Stay Forever by Michael Tyler McDaniel We had all heard the stories about Hay’s Hospital: strange apparitions, shadows moving, murders, cults, even the one about the gateway to hell. Of course, we never believed any of that stuff. The only thing we knew for fact was that you could get in major trouble for going … Continued

Black-box retail

On the blistering cold morning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day last week, 20 activists stood on the corner of 18th and Broadway in Louisville’s West End, asking for government transparency and giving a word of warning about the rumored deal to bring big-box retail giant Walmart to the location. A Phillip Morris plant employing … Continued

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The Old Man in 604 by Bryant A. Stamford The day the old man moved into 604, the Mexican woman across the hall schooled him on life in the Benjamin Hancock housing project. Short and plump with big dark eyes, she spoke with a slight accent when she told him, don’t flush too often, they … Continued

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Parousia by L.E. Elder “Look,” said Justin, nodding at the woman in the filthy gray housecoat begging for change on the sidewalk outside the bar. “Disgusting. I hate meeting downtown.” “We needed to escape the Highlands-St. Matthews-Summit axis of dweebville, bro,” said Greg. “Could have gone to Fourth Street Live,” grumbled Justin. “And where the … Continued

Open arms

It all started with a girl. Her name was Renee. It was 2006. She was a cocaine addict, depressed, a cutter who’d carved the words “fuck up” into her arm with a razor. Jamie Tworkowski and friends took her in, kept her company during the five days she needed to detox before she could get … Continued

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The Volkswagen by Kathryn Shaver The ring of the bedside phone woke me from a sleep addled with marijuana and bourbon. I was 27 years old, and newly separated from a husband I had discovered was a scoundrel. With no idea what I was going to do with my life, drowning it in drink and … Continued

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A Portrait of the Poet as an Escape Artist by Steve Cambron Part of my affliction is pretending that all is possible until ten o’clock. Reason is a lazy constable at dawn, difficult in this light to take stock of which world I have woken in. The one ruled by unpaid bills and paradigms or … Continued

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The Wasp by Kathryn Shaver The noisy quiet of the afternoon: loon thrum, wind-rustled chimes, and the expensive hum of big cars beyond my garden wall. I watch a wasp in its infinite work sucking at the sap of latticed teak. I envy its quiet tenacity, its meticulous body suspended from nothing, drawn to the … Continued

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How November Never Shines Straight Down by Mary O’Dell 1 The dust of this day these trees this slant sun 2 Have you noticed how it leans how it sidles into morning into evening lying down melancholy even at noon lackadaisical as if it has nothing better to do? Do not be concerned with the … Continued

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The Stray by Georgia Wallace Weeks before he died it appeared, lying beneath the monitor’s blinking eye, tangled amidst the tubes and pumps, panting to the respirator’s desperate refrain. Every night when she left the ICU, it followed her. Every day on the way back she tried to lose it, but it had their scent. … Continued

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Thanksgiving by Jinn Bug What I remember best is standing between two worlds the exile world of my imagination and the cold gray-skied wilderness behind my grandfather’s house while those who lived with their heads over their feet laughed and gossiped inside Later, there’d be music and three kinds of pie My blacksheep uncle Doug … Continued

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A Walk by Linda Satterlee  A breeze played with graying bangs, swept aside using perspiration to hold them back. Her brisk walk through Cave Hill Cemetery was different today. They would be there, she knew it, but she couldn’t say how she knew. She passed the first loop, destination just ahead. They would come today. … Continued

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And Not South by Benjamin Lampkin All I can find is a tall, orange plastic cup, the Tigers logo worn from a million washings. Hold it tentatively in my right hand. Wait. He called at noon, said he’d be here any minute. Thought he lived in California, where his last check came from, but he … Continued

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Amtrak Rails by Zachary Michael Hester I leaned off to the side against the furthest pillar of the Amtrak rails. I knew the Sandia mountains were covered somewhere behind the dead fog of Albuquerque December. I took to lighting the first cigarette of what I hope will be my last pack. An old lover had … Continued

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This Could Be Me by Betsy Bryant There is a woman in our living room, lying on our brown couch, asleep. But I don’t think it is sleep she is doing, it is something else, like she is casting off a veil of drink behind her closed eyes. She came to us in the night … Continued

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Today’s Horoscope by Rob Donald ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Your inability to empathize in an emotionally charged situation will hurt a dear friendship. Probably not as much as your addiction to crystal meth, though. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Do something with your brothers and sisters. When was the last time you were all … Continued

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Small Talk at Nikos’s Grill House by Jean Tucker   No one gets married any more says Marko and flashes his mobile phone to show the six-month-old who has his hair, his eyes. This spanakopita is like a dish sponge. You ought to taste my mom’s. Hans, the ophthalmologist, has a spouse — his second. … Continued

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The Fine Print by Rob Donald Paragraphs 34-49 of your recent two-year contract with Mobilephone 34. Mobilephone agrees to replace any phones damaged in shipping, and by “replace,” we mean “assault,” and by “assault,” we mean “your loved ones.” 35. Mobilephone is a limited liability company organized under the laws of the State of New … Continued

Furniture Against Firearms

A gun-control organization is calling for the resignation of a state representative after her gun misfired in her Capitol Annex office. The Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America issued a press release Wednesday calling for Rep. Leslie Combs to step down. … Rep. Jeff Greer, D-Brandenburg, was in the room … Continued

Ending the silence

On the heels of celebrations recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and the anniversary of the March on Washington where King delivered his most famous speech, it seems as if the issue of race is as much an issue now as it was on that day 50 years ago. Certainly the days of outright … Continued

Wax Fang’s space is the place

It should come as no surprise that The Astronaut, the long-gestating newest album from Louisville’s wonderfully weird Wax Fang, is anything but completely ambitious. Last fall, the trio scored an episode of the animated sitcom “American Dad,” which saw its protagonist whisked away to outer space; it’s also the subject of the band’s album. That … Continued


Dr. Feelgood It would be incorrect, and unfair, to say that Alex Wright leads a charmed life. But he’s had some good breaks, and made some good choices, and in some ways, could be called one of the lucky ones. First, there’s the choice. Wright grew up poor in eastern Kentucky; he knew that, as … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is FRIDAY at NOON the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites.   Wed jan 29 Air Devils … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: NIGHT OF THE DEMONS 1988; $24.98; R A nice new Blu-ray pressing of a perennial horror favorite. A group of 10 largely unknown “teens” decide to hold a Halloween party in an abandoned mortuary. Big mistake. Then they hold a séance in front of a haunted mirror. Bigger mistake! From there … Continued


BY JEWLY HIGHT   For the sake of research, I recently got my hands on a copy of Bill Anderson’s out-of-print country disco album Ladies Choice. It’d been on top of my turntable for about a week, throughout which time the cover photo of Anderson laid there, coming on strong with those bedroom eyes and … Continued


<THEATER> Jan. 29-30 ‘Green Day’s American Idiot’ Kentucky Center, Whitney Hall 501 W. Main St. • 584-7777 $25+; 7:30 p.m. In 1994, Green Day brought its snotty pop-punk to the mainstream with “Longview,” an anthem of boredom-fueled masturbation. And now Green Day has inspired a Broadway musical, which is to say that something doesn’t … Continued

Inbox — Jan. 29, 2014

Correction The photo cutline in last week’s LEO story about the Louisville Orchestra was incorrect. Pictured were Louisville businessman Dann C. Byck and Mayor Charlie Farnsley, who were both ardent supporters of the orchestra. LEO regrets the error. Pope Petrino Along with the achievements of Tom Jurich during his tenure at U of L, there … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: I’m what was once quaintly called a “woman of a certain age” who started reading your column to broaden my horizons. As a result, some curiosities peeped their heads over the boundaries of my once happily repressed existence. I summoned the courage to join an online BDSM dating site. I got a response almost … Continued

Locavore Lore: Put the South in your mouth

When you think “International dining,” Louisville’s South End probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Sure, you’ve ventured to Vietnam Kitchen before a concert at Iroquois Amphitheater, but there are actually a wide variety of international delights available. Here are just a few of the many worth a drive. La Popular (Honduran) 2521 … Continued

Bar Belle: Save me a seat

Perhaps I’m more sensitive to the subject since it landed on my doorstep twice last week, but every time I open Facebook or turn on the TV, news of someone dying has replaced the frivolous antics of Miley or the ignorant musings of rednecks who make duck calls. I have a friend in the funeral … Continued

Comedy: Still laughing in Derby City

For almost 30 years, Comedy Caravan has stood as a temple, holding in its walls the history of stand-up comedy from the industry’s heyday on through to the present. But Jan. 21 marked a new chapter in the club’s history. Sold to comedians Steve Hofstetter and Jamie Utley (along with a few partners), the club … Continued