Summary of My Discontent

The sum of our exceptionalism

Much has been written in recent weeks about American exceptionalism, and, of course, we are exceptional thanks to our unique American notions of liberty and egalitarianism and fried potatoes that a

Stop Calling Me Surly

A fix of ‘Breaking Bad’

(Warning: This column contains series-finale spoilers.) One of the most awarded, brilliant and important series in television history has ended.

Fables of the Deconstruction

If you could read my mind

The man was a fraud, a charlatan! He was supposed to be a psychic, but, really, he used the same tricks all of the other supposed psychics use. It was actually kind of comical, obvious.

Keeping Up with the Jones

Jack Hunter is the man!

Some writers are bothered by hate mail. I’m not. In fact, I like it. You can’t write about the subjects I engage — politics, religion, race, empire, etc.

Stop Calling Me Surly

End pot prohibition

I’m pleased to note that Americans are increasingly fed up with our futile, foolish, unaffordable wars. In unprecedented numbers, we are weary of the war on weed.

Summary of My Discontent

The daily paper, 2013

In our fast-paced world of news and news-like information, it’s easy to forget the important role daily newspapers play in society, which is to provide seniors a festive, tactile maze to sift

Stop Calling Me Surly

Fear and groping in Frankfort

Two weeks ago, WFPL aired a story that rocked the state Capitol.

Fables of the Deconstruction

How to disappear completely

This is why I hate time travel. I was listening to some music. I’m sure it was a band you’ve never heard of.

Summary of My Discontent

Letters to myself

According to neuroscientist and author Richard Restak, one aspect of growing older is the loss of “emotional memory” — the feelings of joy, sadness, anger and elation from past ex

Keeping Up with the Jones

From the March on Washington to Pan-African Studies

August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington (MOW). This fall is also the 40th anniversary of the Pan-African Studies (PAS) Department at the University of Louisville.