Category Archives: Inside baseball

While you were having a weekend … Oct. 5

If you have had a really good weekend, it probably means you were not glued to your screens keeping up with every news post. You may not have even had time for the paper — though you are going to … Continue reading

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Appreciation: Media critic David Carr, 1956-2015

This may be somewhat inside baseball-ish, and for that, I apologize. But I did want to take a moment this morning to remember the most inspiring journalist I have followed this century, New York Times media critic David Carr. Carr, … Continue reading

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Full circle

When I came to Lexington in 1998 to become the arts writer for the Lexington Herald-Leader, I left a job as arts and entertainment editor for the Banner-Herald in Athens, Ga. In our business, that can be seen as a … Continue reading

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Former Herald-Leader arts writer returns as artist

Kevin Nance’s last story for the Herald-Leader was about Central Kentucky photographer James Archambeault, famous for his evocative pictures of the commonwealth’s landscapes. “I don’t think I understood it at the time,” says Nance, who now lives in Chicago, “but … Continue reading

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Warning, theatergoer: What is the critic’s role in flagging potentially offensive content?

The Book of Mormon, which just opened in Louisville for a two-week run, is one of those shows that presents a critic with dual challenges. I confronted this directly on Wednesday night, when I reviewed the show. On the one hand, you want … Continue reading

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Farewell to WEKU’s Charles Compton

Listeners to NPR’s Morning Edition often joke that they have to have a box of tissues ready Friday mornings for the often moving Story Corps segments, which present real-life conversations between people who agreed to have their chats recorded and archived in … Continue reading

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So, what is a boy band?

Writing today’s weekend cover story about the cross-generational phenomenon of boy bands prompted a very basic question: What is a boy band? Probably the easiest definition is it is a group good-looking male singers brought together by producers to be … Continue reading

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Appreciation: Roger Ebert

Growing up in the late 1970s and early ’80s, I did not realize how seriously the movies were taken until I saw a little show on PBS called Sneak Previews. It featured two movie critics from Chicago, easily identified as the skinny … Continue reading

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Horsemania’s ‘Scoop’ rides outside again

Fans of the original 2000 Horsemania might like to know that Scoop – Herald-Leader is back on outdoor display. Scoop was sponsored by the Herald-Leader and created by then Herald-Leader promotions department manager Marianna McDonald. The black-and-white horse features headlines through the years … Continue reading

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What do we really know?

Sunday afternoon I was perusing Kentucky.com’s Facebook page to see what was up and what people were talking about, and I clicked on the comments to the post that asked, “Do you agree with Penn State’s decision to remove the … Continue reading

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