Nicholas Dawidoff writes for the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine. His books include The Catcher was a Spy, about a 30s-era Yankees catcher (who mostly rode the bench) who was a spy for the OSS. A multi linguist, about whom a Yankee manager said, “He can speak seven languages but can’t hit in [...]
Here’s some things that came out of my back yard this evening. First, some herbs: parsley and oregano for chimichurri sauce. A lot of my herb garden keeps going except in the absolute dead of winter (a month or so in late January/February)– rosemary, always, thyme and lemon thyme, pretty much always, [...]
Robert Gordon’s fascinating Stax book is going to be featured on Thacker Mountain Radio tomorrow, with some YalaSoulwackers Stax music to go with it. I’m going to be there.
The quote is from Isaac Hayes’s high school friend / trumpet player’s description of the impact of his hitting, bigtime, with Hot Buttered Soul (containing [...]
Before it was Veterans Day, today would have been Armistice Day, because WWI ended on November 11th.
The WWI vet I knew best was Taylor McElroy, who was a Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court in the 1960s, and before that a Circuit Judge in the 3rd Circuit Court District (Lafayette, Marshall, Tippah, Calhoun, [...]
Not often. The last time we scored 59 or more against a team that wasn’t Louisana-Monroe (who we beat 59-0 in 2008 and 59-14 in 2003) was 1994 against Southern Ill.
1980 Memphis St. 61-7
1979 Vandy 63-28
1969 Southern 69-7 (paid for that one the next year, perhaps?). This was the [...]
The Cardinals have been owed a weird umpire call at least since game 6 of the 1985 World Series, right? (And, sorry Red Sox fans, the way the third baseman kicked up his legs was obstruction. See below).
Here’s the rule and comment:
OBSTRUCTION is the act of a fielder who, while not in [...]
My last post referred to Theora Hamblett, a great artist from Oxford. Miss Hamblett had taught in a one-room schools in the county before 1930, and then moved to town where she ran a boarding house and did work as a seamstress. In 1950, she took some art classes at Ole Miss (one [...]
He writes at Esquire:
I believe that Ole Miss at Alabama might be a more interesting game than people think. (Mississippi wideout Donte Moncrief is the country’s most underrated player).
The first half, when we stopped Alabama from the end zone and the game was 9-0, was interesting. I wanted to remain optimistic. The [...]