August 23, 2017

Charlottesville Fabulous

By Brian Michael Murphy

My big brother lives in Charlottesville. We grew up together in Groveport, Ohio, rode the bus with a girl whose dad was a Columbus cop, whose grandfather was a World […]

June 22, 2017

Minor League Season Begins—Again

By Brian Michael Murphy

People asked Ron Shelton, again and again, if he was going to write a sequel to Bull Durham. He couldn’t bring himself to do it, and I’m glad he didn’t. […]

July 25, 2016

Majestic Waste

By Brian Michael Murphy

Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne (2011) album was a watershed moment in hip hop, specifically, and American culture broadly, though to say this is a bit redundant, […]

July 20, 2016

La Fin du Monde at Bristol Bar

By Brian Michael Murphy

There was a bar called Bristol. On the corner of 4th and Summit, all brick with a couple window walls, a former speakeasy back in the Prohibition days, when the […]

June 29, 2016

Burger Night at the Farm

By Brian Michael Murphy

Last Friday, we stopped out at the Bread and Butter Farm in Shelburne for their Burger Night. A long gravel driveway and an army lugging lawn chairs, beach bags, diaper […]

June 25, 2016

Memory is Elsewhere

By Brian Michael Murphy

“I want you to tell me a story ‘bout when you were a little boy,” says my four-year-old girl every night. I tell her things I remember, and things I’ve […]

June 21, 2016

The Greatest Decade

By Brian Michael Murphy

The Warriors are not greater than the ’95-’96 Bulls, who still have the best win-loss record of all time when you include the postseason. The Warriors have reached heights that […]

June 20, 2016

Summer in Vermont

By Brian Michael Murphy

Saw a red and white hot air balloon floating over Winooski on my run by the river this morning. Crossed the footbridge and greeted a woman with one of those […]

June 8, 2016

What Life Is All About

By Brian Michael Murphy

Just finished Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Here are four things the sordid, elegant, contemplative, coke-infused pages of this wonderful book made me want to do: […]

June 6, 2016

The Data Mine of Rap

By Brian Michael Murphy

The Raplyzer is a computer program that automatically analyzes rhymes from rap lyrics and ranks rappers according to their Rhyme Factor. Created by Eric Malmi, a doctoral student in Computer […]