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Jay Stowe


Letter from the Editor: November 2016

If I were forced at gunpoint to declare my favorite exemplar of diner food, it would be difficult. So many dishes, so little time.

Letter from the Editor: October 2016

Since moving back to Cincinnati 12 years ago, I’ve spent a lot of time in my car exploring the city. I like driving around in neighborhoods I’m not familiar with, getting lost, and finding landmarks to guide me back to a street or a place I know. Having a goal helps. It’s good to know where you’re supposed to be going even if you’re not sure how to get there; it increases the serendipity factor of vehicular wandering considerably. Kind of like life, I guess.

Letter from the Editor: September 2016

Capitalism, being the official state religion of these United States, seeps into our lives whether we want it to or not. Nevertheless, with a budding 10-year-old capitalist in the house, I am being forced to face my fears.

Letter from the Editor: August 2016

"It was like an atomic fruit bomb went off: apricots were everywhere. I’ve never eaten so many apricot tarts, or so much apricot jam, in my entire life."

Letter from the Editor: July 2016

What do you do when your wife comes home with 17 pounds of fresh sausage?

Letter from the Editor: June 2016

"I got away from there to be here, and if being here means saving this idiot from himself, then alright."

Letter from the Editor: May 2016

Having grown up in Cincinnati, and attended school here, and ground out a career in advertising, Bob had a distinct sense of humor about his (our) state of existence. Another way to put it is: His soul had not yet been crushed, and he was fighting valiantly, mano-a-mano, to avoid the crusher. His weapon of choice? Satire.

Letter from the Editor: April 2016

I was born and raised Catholic here in Cincinnati and have done my best to stick with it. I keep trying—or in the parlance of Twitter, #trying. But the questions, frustrations, and conundrums—with the Church as well as my place in the cosmos—never cease. One thing I feel certain of: I am not alone.

Letter from the Editor: March 2016

In addition to being a big eater, Joanne Drilling, our dining editor, is a big reader and thinker.

Letter from the Editor: February 2016

Our dog died about a year ago. Her name was Gillian. She was a proud mutt, a terrier-and-hound mix (we think) with a remarkable facility to amaze us with her doggy brilliance and confound us with her canine hardheadedness.