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 […]

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 […]

May 3, 2016

Palimpsest, Ohio

By Brian Michael Murphy

Out in Lockbourne, there is a house anchored in my memory. It was an old white farmhouse, set back from the road. Behind it sat an unused garage, a chicken […]

April 16, 2016

The Land of Land

By Brian Michael Murphy

I’m your lovers, your VFWs, and your broken down factories and mills, I’m your freight trains, and your friends Your shopping malls Your tanning beds Please forgive me, Ohio, my […]

March 5, 2016

Ghost City

By Brian Michael Murphy

Yesterday, someone asked me if I missed Columbus. I said that I missed certain people, and that I supposed I missed the city, too. “What places do you miss?” she […]

December 30, 2015

Bullets for You

By Brian Michael Murphy

“The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice last month resigned from a previous small-town police job when he was deemed emotionally unstable and unfit for duty, […]

August 25, 2015

Sugimoto’s Movie Theaters

By Brian Michael Murphy

“Suppose you shoot a whole movie in a single frame?” The answer: “You get a shining screen.” […] One afternoon I walked into a cheap cinema in the East Village […]