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The Perverse Glory of ‘Glee’

By Jason Kettinger | Jun 17, 2011 at 4:42 PM

This television show has already been commented on roundly—praised, lambasted, lamented—so perhaps I am undercutting our goal here at OFB. But in so many ways, it is a microcosm of America today, in both its tragedy and possibility, and as such, it cannot be ignored.

The View From Mudsock Heights: We Have Our Own National Geographic Specials Right Here

By Dennis Powell | Jun 08, 2011 at 7:21 PM

The day was sunny and warm at the Lake Placid, New York, horse show, the skies clear as can be. The altitude lent a certain dry coolness to the air — it didn’t feel as hot as it was — and made sunburn likely.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Bird Watching Here Involves the Good Robin and the Bad Robin

By Dennis Powell | May 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM

They say that mules are stubborn, but my money is on robins. Well, at least the robin that has been trying to build a nest on my porch light.

The View from Mudsock Heights: When Men Were Men, Radio was Radio, and Tape Editing was Tape Editing

By Dennis Powell | May 04, 2011 at 8:16 PM

The email message was a happy surprise. A fellow in California, at something called the “L.A. Theatre Works,” was putting together a project (he did not say what) and wondered if I still have the original tapes (I don’t) from a radio report I did in 1983. His email note to me was above a long series of messages and replies he had sent to and received from others, in pursuit of the missing audio.

The View from Mudsock Heights: It’s a Tortured Path from Figure of Speech to Cliché

By Dennis Powell | Apr 08, 2011 at 3:19 PM

The hot new word of 2011 is “bespoke.” If you listen, you’ll suddenly hear it everywhere. It used to be a perfectly good word, but by midsummer it will be threadbare and tattered from overuse. The wear is already showing.

The View from Mudsock Heights: In Times of Crisis, Remember and Mourn the Passage of Calm News Coverage

By Dennis Powell | Mar 31, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Back when the world was young, there were mechanical devices in newspaper, radio, and even television newsrooms called “teletype machines.” The precursor to modern electronic printers, these things were very noisy. They had letter keys inside them, on arms, and in response to electrical impulse they would type the (usually) correct letter in the fashion of a typewriter.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Our Response to Local Disaster Taught Us a Lot -- About Ourselves

By Dennis Powell | Mar 23, 2011 at 1:09 AM

The sky wasn’t just dark, it was … weird. Meanwhile, the weather radio was going crazy, with alerts interrupting other alerts.

An Open Letter on the NCAA Tournament

By Jason Kettinger | Mar 18, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Dear Selection Committee, you need to know that Michigan State, Clemson, Virginia Commonwealth, and Georgia don’t belong in the field. Right off the top. Also include Penn State and Illinois. Harvard, Colorado, and Virginia Tech do belong, but aren’t there. Include Missouri State, and St. Mary’s. Frankly, this was the worst job you’ve ever done in the 26 years since we went to (at least) 64 teams.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Remembering the Worst Vacation Ever

By Dennis Powell | Mar 14, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Last week I saw a station wagon pulling a little travel trailer and I shuddered. Here’s why. The word “vacation” had always meant a trip to see relatives in Indiana or Nebraska or Pennsylvania. So my two sisters and I were greatly surprised when our parents, after some of that quiet, almost whispered code conversation grownups sometimes have, announced that we were going to make a trip to Florida.

The View from Mudsock Heights: From Cold, Snow, and Ice to Rain, Mud and Our Specialty, Floods

By Dennis Powell | Mar 02, 2011 at 10:08 PM

The mud across the road told me how lucky I’d been. It was last Tuesday and I needed to get to Columbus. It had rained a lot the day before, but somehow I had forgotten: it floods here when it rains a lot. Fortunately, the water had receded before I headed out. 267×400

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