God bless you, Mr. Vonnegut, And farewell

Kurt Vonnegut: Photo by Jason Yoder Truth always mattered to Kurt Vonnegut. “There’s only one rule I know of babies,” he wrote. “God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”It was snowing the April morning that we heard Kurt Vonnegut died. Bits of snow blew through the open buds of our redbud tree like lost commuters wondering, “What are we doing here?”

‘Sort of Like Nowhere’

It’s easy enough to discern that Louisville does have a musical past, but unless you experienced various periods directly, they tend to exist mostly in lore (and much of it tends to be apocryphal). Noise Pollution Records, and other interested parties, are doing their part to document our city’s early punk rockers. A compilation CD, featuring Louisville punk rock from 1978-83, is set for pre-Derby release, and several other projects are in the works.—Cary Stemle

City Strobe

It’s time to Step It Up, LouisvilleIt may surprise you to learn that here in Kentucky we get 95 percent of our electricity from coal-fired power plants. The state ranks third in the nation in coal production, accounting for roughly one-tenth of the output of the entire United States and a quarter of what’s mined east of the Mississippi River. Almost one-third of the coalmines in America can be found in the Bluegrass State.

Rumor & Innuendo

Billy Clyde trumps Billy the Kid. I pray that Big Blue faithful are breathing easily. And willing to cut Mitch Barnhart some slack. All in all, the Cats landed firmly on their feet. Gillispie, as obsessed as those who have wildcatnation.net as their home page, is truly the guy for the job. Apparently Barnhart had made contact, and knew Gillispie was the bird in hand, while waiting to make the perfunctory offer to the old Billy the Kid. Compare that to the ham-handed job Frank Broyles turned in while trying to replace his hoops coach down in Razorback country, which he finally did this week with John Pelphrey.Sayonara SOY. My former source of the year — he told me Thad Matta to UK was a done deal — was last seen boarding a freighter to Shanghai.Pucks. I know, I know, nobody in this burg — except for a few carpetbaggers from up north — cares a bit about hockey. More’s the pity. Saturday night’s championship match in the Frozen Four was a doozy. Remember, in college, they skate and don’t fight. Michigan State and Boston College were scoreless after one period. BC went up a goal in the second and missed a number of chances for a bigger lead. The Spartans tied it with 10 minutes to play, then scored with :19 on the clock for the win. It was much more scintillating than Florida-Ohio State.It’s only a game. If you didn’t know better and were watching the final day of the Masters on CBS, you’d think Byron Nelson and Bobby Jones made the world safe from communism, cured cancer and are about to end global warming, all while wearing the world’s most hallowed green blazer and eagling all the par 5s at Augusta National. Give us a friggin’ break here. It’s just a golf tournament, for heaven’s sake. Enough with the solemnity and over-the-top reverence.

Through the mess, darkly: Or, how living with a compulsive hoarder destroyed my family

by jane doe

Rumor & Innuendo

Pigskin head games. Think football isn’t a mind game? Spotted at the U of L football complex: A garbage can covered with Cardinal heads and slogans such as, “1st in the 4th” and “Fast and Physical.”Cardinal football side note signifying nothing. Apparently Coach Kragthorpe met radio color commentator Craig Swabek for the first time at pre-spring practice media day.

Rethinking legal graffiti: The Urban Experimental Art Project hasn’t gone as well as many hoped. Will the city pull the p

Pass by the legal graffiti wall at the I-65 underpass on East Market Street and you’re liable to see any number of brightly colored, intricately interwoven pieces of aerosol art — a sign, in many large cities, of the rather random beauty of the urban experience.

I want my MetroTV: Council subcommittee report reveals distinct pattern of negligence in Metro’s governance of cable TV

You’d think they would hide it better, but they apparently don’t care enough to make the effort.That’s the basic sentiment conveyed in a report issued quietly last month by a Metro Council subcommittee established to study the city’s cable contracts and the entity (Insight) that controls Louisville telecom under a carefully managed and supported monopoly.

The Dog Diaries: Our canine companions want us to take charge. What we don’t understand may come back to bite us

Sam Malatesta says dogs should be bomb-proof. He believes you can stand in the median of I-71 at morning rush hour, your dog at your side, with neither of you feeling any particular stress.He also knows how far most dog-owners are from such a scenario, which is why he’s dedicated his life to learning about dogs and what makes them tick, and sharing that with others.

Green eggs and art: At Easter time, Jeffrey Scott Holland taps into the hunter-gatherer in all of us

I once drew the short straw and had to “cover” an annual Easter egg hunt. I pointed the camera and … never fired a shot as the thing started and ended. Those kids were fast! I’d pay good money to see some young’uns faces if they stumbled on one of Jeffrey Scott Holland’s eggs. The eccentric Louisville artist is hiding original art inside thousands of plastic eggs nationwide. It’s novel, but par for the course for this artist who can’t help but push the envelope.-Cary Stemle