The Not-So-Simple Art of Placemaking

noggblog permalink It’s a familiar word, but there’s a good chance you’ve never heard it. It’s not a complicated word, but there’s a better chance you can’t define it. It’s a term. It’s a concept. It’s a “process and a philosophy.” It’s being taught in schools. It’s reshaping our communities, our place in them, our sense of space, and our identity. It’s helping the new world to become just a little bit more like the old, channeling primal notions into modern ideas. It’s placemaking, and it’s making a place for... Read The Rest →

Pre-Flight Entertainment

noggBLOG permalink There are few things worse than being stuck in an airplane on that terrible tarmac. The universal groan when the Captain announces that you’re being held, the restless legs, the inevitable temperature rise as body heat accumulates in that little tube and they can’t turn on the AC because you’re gasoline level has been pre-measured to the point of torturous efficiency, the hours that seems to tick by at their own luxurious pace, and the smells, oh God, the smells. Share → Tweet

Touch That Dial

noggblog permalink Generally, we try to keep our opinions to ourselves here at the noggBLOG. Aside from all the pith and sarcasm and irreverence and occasionally telling you exactly what to think without alternative because to think anything else would be absolutely stupid, we try to stay relatively neutral, and I, the author, in particular try to keep completely out it. But screw that, because I have something to tell you: it’s the best thing I’ve done in years. Share → Tweet

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

noggBLOG permalink And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles. So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House... Read The Rest →

Ernie Pyle, Man of the Midwest

noggBLOG permalink “It takes one to know one.” The expression gets thrown around a lot. It’s a gibe, retort, pointed insult, but many of us, if we give it some careful thought, might liken it to a feeling of familiarity, a kinship. That’s something we Midwesterners have a knack for. We instinctually seek it at both broad and microscopic levels. As soon as we see it, we know it, and no recognition comes more quickly than meeting a Midwesterner far from home. Such was the effectual charisma of Ernie Pyle.... Read The Rest →

The World’s Best Whiskey: The Secret Behind Pappy Van Winkle’s Success

noggBLOG permalink Spoiler Alert: The secret is…there is no secret. The world’s best whiskey, Pappy Van Winkle, is so notorious GrubStreet claims “even your Grandmother has probably heard of it at this point.” And she probably has. But it wasn’t always so ubiquitously coveted. Share → Tweet

This Gerber Ain’t For Babies

noggBLOG permalink With fall upon us, and summer somehow hanging on for dear life, many of us are recognizing the perfect opportunity to enjoy both the beauty of nature and the freakish warming of the planet by going out for a nice, temperate fall camp. Many want to be coddled into the fragrant bosom of the wilderness. They bring along the comforts of home, in a rugged-enough package to withstand the gentle, desperate attention they’ll give it all weekend long. Others prefer to bring only the toughest, most durable essentials... Read The Rest →

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