Category Archives: Pixel-stained Wretchery

In Which the Prof Is Handed the Lost Chords

In the early 1980s, when I was a music-obsessed teen (as opposed to my current status as a music-obsessed, middle-aged man), I would listen to the radio late at night. This was before what I’ve come to think of as … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon Potpourri: Bloggiversaries and Transitions Edition

This post marks 12 years of the blog’s existence. It started at the Mad Dog’s instigation (so now you know who should be blamed). Mike had killed our folks not quite a year earlier, and mentally, I was scrabbling about … Continue reading

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So Long, James.

James Kolasa, one of my best friends from my years in Lexington, died this morning. I can’t say it was out of a clear blue sky — he had been in failing health for some time, in fact longer than … Continue reading

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Adventures in Colloquialism

I was e-mailing with an editor (not to be confused with Anne Elk — Miss) this morning about a story of mine that’s coming out this fall. The subject was copy edits, necessary and/or suggested. I’m always glad to get … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Bare-Faced Truth Edition

It’s been a cool, but brightly sunny weekend. I confirmed the “brightly sunny” part by going to a Mondoville lacrosse match yesterday afternoon and getting a noticeable sunburn in a mere two-and-a-half hours. It’s the classic “farmer’s tan” pattern — … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Selection Sunday Edition

My Spring Break began at noon on Friday, coinciding nicely with one of my favorite times in the sports year — the college basketball conference tourneys and the first weekend of March Madness. My beloved Kentucky Wildcats will find out … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Voice Over Edition

It’s Sunday afternoon, so I must be in my office. And indeed I am, but I’m caught up on grading (at least until my freshpeeps turn their latest papers in tomorrow night, so I’m taking a break from lesson planning … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, 2021

I was the last to sleep last night, and last to rise this morning, at about 9:30. My haul included about ten books (including some Ross Thomas and Donald Westlake, along with relatively recent bios of Housman and, of course, … Continue reading

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Monday Night Potpourri: A Brief Drop-In

A longer post will follow before long, but I wanted to stop in for a moment. *** As Ogden Nash observed, Just as I know that there are two Hagens, Walter and Copen,I know that marriage is a legal and … Continue reading

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Tuesday Night Potpourri: Decompression Edition

I’m about a week into Winter Break, which is going to be longer than I’m used to. One of the changes that came with COVID was that the school introduced a one-course, online-only January term, with the Spring semester starting … Continue reading

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