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The Quantified Diet

Originally published on the Bai Blog. Just as the connected home syncs all of our necessary and leisure devices together to our own personal harmonies, the quantified self movement helps keep tabs on all of behavior – from measuring our finances and sleep patterns to exercise regiments and eating habits. Per the latter, a number of hardware innovations like Garmin’s …

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Postmates

In the interest of allowing the subject to speak freely, let’s call my friend Adam. As in “you don’t know him from Adam.” The old idiom. You know it, right? So Adam is an accomplished local musician. And as the United States unmistakably values its arts, he is able to earn a fair and living wage. At least as far …

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A Day of Anti-Abortion Propaganda and Counter-Protests at Jefferson Square

“You got video on that thing?” a middle-aged man in a gray T-shirt asked assertively, as he approached me between a bouquet of party balloons blocking the street view of large sign comparing abortion to Pearl Harbor. “I wanted to make sure I tell you about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ for your salvation — so you’re …

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What National Media Miss About the Dining Scene

You might get lucky if someone exclaims “Oh, Muhammad Ali!” But chances are, go anywhere in the world, mention you live in Louisville and expect the requisite: “Hey, KFC!” Which is not totally unfair — the immediate sight I beheld exiting a Tube stop during my first trip to London (the British one, not the Kentucky town near the Harlan …

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Your Boy Goes to the Derby

Originally appearing May 8, 2017 at LEO Weekly. The middle of Race 10, a little over two hours before the day’s marquee event, is approximately the time I realized I might’ve made an error in judgement — not an uncommon feeling with regard to the Derby. A heaping plate of smoked ribs sat on my lap. My cohort noshed on …

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Droppin’ in on the Inexplicable Trump Rally

This originally appeared in the March 21, 2017 issue of LEO Weekly. “Official Donald J. Trump for President Gear is ONLY Available Inside the Venue” read the bottom of the ticket to get into the rally in Louisville on Monday night. This struck me as odd. If you omitted the proper noun in that sentence, one could assume we were …

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Interview with Gregg Turkington for the Cropped Out Zine

Photo by me. Actor, comedian, and musician Gregg Turkington was petting his cat when I spoke to him over the phone from his Los Angeles home. He’ll make his second appearance at Cropped Out this year as Neil Hamburger, the stand-up comic we both need and deserve. I was first introduced to  America’s Funnyman my freshman year in college, thanks …

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VICE: How to Sue Beyonce

Originally published July 6, 2016 Threats of lawsuits are nothing new in the Beyhive. Beyoncé’s team’s experience with swarms of litigious activity certainly influenced the lengthy credits for this year’s visual pop culture achievement, Lemonade. But the case of Matthew Fulks might feel a bit different. By day, Fulks works as a video editor at the local Fox affiliate in …

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LEO Weekly: Muhammad Ali – A loving tribute to a once conflicted city

Once in 1,000 years does the world receive a gift like Muhammad Ali. This, from Billy Crystal’s eulogy, just adds more testimony that “The Greatest of All Time” is the most famous person in the world. And a personality that colossal requires at least two days of memorial to honor his legacy. Louisville delivered that last Thursday and Friday, each …

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LEO Weekly: Curb Your Foodieism (with Footnotes!)

“What I always want, what is crucial for me, is casual. I want everybody to have fun,” said Bobby Benjamin, executive chef of Butchertown Grocery, to the Courier-Journal in the midst of a media bonanza around their fall opening. Local media, ahem, ate this place up. Fun tops the menu at Butchertown Grocery, exclaimed one of the headlines, and less …