LIVE TO EAT: Knowing about Knorr and why it’s “a staple in Mexican-American kitchens.”

Recently while doing research to write magazine profiles of two local Mexican eateries, I stumbled across an article about Knorr, which is one of...

Unleash your inner pagan at Saturnalia MMVI, a winter solstice draft fest at NABC.

BONA SATURNALIA! COME UNLEASH YOUR INNER PAGAN AS WE PRESENT “SATURNALIA MMVI,” A WINTER SOLSTICE DRAFT BEER FESTIVAL BEGINNING DECEMBER 15.In pre-Christian Rome, Saturnalia...

SHANE’S EXCELLENT NEW WORDS: Snollygoster … with a side order of Gobblefunk.

It's another mind-expanding installment of SHANE'S EXCELLENT NEW WORDS, a regular Wednesday feature at NA Confidential. Around this time each week, whiny wails of apprehension and...

The hits kept coming, until they didn’t: “But what about Howard Sprague?”

Remember caption contests?This one originally was a BEER MONEY column for the pre-merger Tribune, to be greeted by dozens of yokels picketing the newspaper...

Prague’s concrete paneláks aren’t finished yet.

Having grown up under the tutelage of a father who went out of his way to avoid urban areas, and this being America, my...

The Highwayman at city council, 2009: “Romeo, Romeo,——-?”

Lloyd "The Highwayman" Wimp, who sadly left us on November 12, 2010, was an old acquaintance of my 1990s-era pub madness who became a...

ON THE AVENUES: Welcome to the last will and testament of NA Confidential.

It cannot be denied that I’m a slow learner, a late bloomer and a serial procrastinator. This much is perfectly clear. Actually, I’ve never cared...

Bix Beiderbecke was born 117 years ago today in Davenport, Iowa.

Bix Beiderbecke was born 117 years ago today in Davenport, Iowa. He died at 28 in 1931, and thanks to the LP collection at...

2006: The NA Confidential – Volunteer Hoosier merger.

Diana and I first met Randy Smith on the grounds of the Moser Tannery in 2004 (wife Ann was with him; I knew her...

The farewell tour continues: “Ilmatyynyalukseni on täynnä ankeriaita,” from March 20, 2010.

As NA Confidential prepares to ride off into the sunset, I'll be reposting selected bits from the past. This one's from the spring of...

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2006: The NA Confidential – Volunteer Hoosier merger.

Diana and I first met Randy Smith on the grounds of the Moser Tannery in 2004 (wife Ann was with him; I knew her...

The Highwayman at city council, 2009: “Romeo, Romeo,——-?”

Lloyd "The Highwayman" Wimp, who sadly left us on November 12, 2010, was an old acquaintance of my 1990s-era pub madness who became a...

Prague’s concrete paneláks aren’t finished yet.

Having grown up under the tutelage of a father who went out of his way to avoid urban areas, and this being America, my...