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Where I’m From
Donald Ray Pollock Donald Ray Pollock spent 32 years working in a Chillicothe paper mill before he pursued an MFA at The Ohio State University. Eventually, to much acclaim, he turned out Knockemstiff—a book of short stories named after his tiny hometown in southern Ohio, as well as his second work of fiction, a novel titled The Devil All the Time. The proposal for his third book garnered the Chillicothe-based writer a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012. Here Pollock talks about growing up in a small town, making big plans, and finding his way home. ++When I was ...
Darren Blase's Top 5 Cowboy Copas Tunes
Writer Darren Blase selects five choice chapters from the Cowboy Copas’ s two decades of record making: 1. “Fiipino Baby” 2. “Tennessee Waltz” (the original version) 3. “Hangman’s Boogie” 4. “Circle Rock” 5. “Alabam” Read Blase’s “The Lonesome Ballad of Cowboy Copas”, featured in our August 2013 issue.
World's Fare, Part 2
Cilck here to check out the World's Fare photo gallery. Or click on the dish names to see a photo (not all dishes have images). CHINESE Dragon’s Breath WontonsAmerasiaLike everything else in this wee Covington restaurant, these pork wontons are made by hand. Wrapped in house-made egg dough, the bite-size nuggets are boiled and topped with a thick, almost paste-like red-pepper sauce (“Dragon Sauce”) that will make your nose run. Cilantro adds a clean, green flavor, but the heat is definitely on. Even so, we betcha can’t eat just one.521 Madison Ave., Suite B, Covington, (859) 261-6121, ...
And They're Off...
In the end, Orb crossed the finish line first, the field favorite winning the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby in just over two minutes’ time. Mud caked the horse and his jockey, Joel Rosario, who rode the young colt to victory for trainer Shug McGaughey and the Phipps family owners (cousins Ogden Mills Phipps and Stuart Janney III) on a day that saw steady rainfall and very little else. Despite their prominence in the horseracing industry, Orb's triumph on Saturday was the first Derby victory for both parties, a fact that was obvious on their faces in the post-race ...
Unsolved Mysteries: Vera Ava’s Final Days
We had too many mysteries to fit in the April 2013 issue--so enjoy this bonus tale. Sure, grifters are a dime a dozen. But our town hosted one of the biggest. And she may still be here, tucked away in a pauper’s grave. In September of 1891, a disheveled, barefoot woman attempted to lodge at the Gibson Hotel. She identified herself as “Miss Vera Ava” and claimed she’d been inexplicably transported to Cincinnati from Chicago. Obese, dramatic, and disoriented, Vera Ava cut a striking figure. But in short order police had another identity for her: the notorious Madame Diss Debar—a ...
Unsolved Mysteries: Reptiles in Residence
We had too many mysteries to fit in the April 2013 issue--so enjoy this bonus tale. Some 60 years ago, a handful of Italians emigrated from Lake Garda, outside of Milan, to East Walnut Hills. Now the family spans generations, with thousands of descendants. But after all this time, they’re still mostly east-siders. The immigrants in question are unique—so much so, they’ve been given their own special name: the Lazarus Lizards. Known everywhere else as European wall lizards, they were “imported” by George Rau, a member of the Lazarus family. As a kid, Rau smuggled the reptiles to Cincinnati after ...
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