Win A Copy Of Lawn Darts of Fate

Amazon lists Lawn Darts of Fate like this:

Hysterical and Addictive “Enlightening and Depraved” Twenty years ago, Frank Felson, was a baseball bashing, drum smashing, rock-n-roll lothario. It was pseudo semi-pro ball and his band was a much maligned one hit wonder, but for Frank the world was his oyster and he was shucking it for pearls. Today, Frank’s life is a steaming pile of excrement. He’s unemployed, his dog has been murdered and his wife is shacking up with another man. Worst of all, Frank’s current band plays nothing but Jimmy Buffet covers. Most people would assume a 42 year-old, day drinker with a penchant for backyard badminton and ditch weed had given up. Not Frank. Frank is convinced he’ll make it back to the top, fall in love, maybe even learn to like himself again. Can man truly do anything he puts his mind to? Or are we all merely dreamers desperately dodging, the perilously sharp . . . Lawn Darts of Fate? “Craig mines diamonds from the coal of lost souls”

Sold on it?

What if I told you the author, Chris Craig, name-checks a bunch of Louisville spots like Captain’s Quarters, The Spaghetti Factory, Slugger Field, Bats, the Grease Bucket Arena, Hikes Point Lounge and more?

Here’s a “trailer” he released for the book last fall:



Craig is a University of Kentucky (now in Chicago) who spent the 80s and 90s in Louisville and you’re likely get a kick out of his latest work if you’re at all familiar with the city.

We’re giving away three copies — two digital download codes and a paperback — courtesy the author. Contest runs through Friday.

To enter, leave a comment here on the site using a real email address that you check daily. While your comment won’t be published on the site, you’ll have to provide your full name and mailing address if you win so I can send along download cards or the book. Will draw sometime after the Kentucky Derby and ship things out next week.

TARC: Still Scaring Meemaws Watching TV

Two teens are in the hospital after a stabbing that happened on a TARC bus early Sunday morning, according to LMPD. [WDRB]

Here’s the latest in Greg Fischer nonsense. The consulting firm that came up with a reorganization plan for the troubled Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District has been working with at least one more Louisville business that’s regulated by the city agency. [C-J/AKN]

It appears the legislation that could change the school calendar in Kentucky due to snow days could take a while before it reaches Governor Steve Beshear’s desk. [WHAS11]

Even as signs of spring emerge around the country, one particular remnant of winter remains: high energy bills. For low-income residents, a hefty heating bill can be an especially big burden, and not just in traditional cold-weather states. [NPR]

Archaeologists digging at the southern Indiana site of a new Ohio River bridges project have unearthed portions of a limestone foundation on a lot where Indiana Territorial Gov. Thomas Posey once lived. [H-L]

Where there’s smoke on the animal advocacy front, there’s fire. And mismanagement. Potential fraud. Scandal after scandal. [The ‘Ville Voice Here, Here, Here, Here, Here & Here]

A new exhibit at the Muhammad Ali center is all about nonviolence and giving peace a chance. [WLKY]

When Louisville, Ky., teen, Zach Belden, created an Instagram account for his great grandma, he had no idea how big of a following it would attract. [HuffPo]

Way to go, Louisville, another shooting death. An early morning shooting leaves one dead and police looking for a suspect. [WAVE3]

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s 2010 campaign plan to put a nurse in every Jefferson County Public School isn’t happening anytime soon. [WFPL]

Do you have a young adult reader in your life who needs new content? Check out Sara Benincasa. And if you’re an adult, check out her comedy on YouTube. [Sara Benincasa]

Clark County’s financial woes may affect recycling services in unincorporated areas of the county. [News & Tribune]

You’ll Want To Buy This New Book Immediately

Sarah Baird, once a fixture in the halls of Frankfort and known to any politician who is anybody, has written a book that will blow your mind.

Are you ready for it? Get ready. Ready now?

LOOK:


CLICK TO GO BUY ON AMAZON

It’s called Kentucky Sweets: Bourbon Balls, Spoonbread & Mile High Pie and we are about to pass out in anticipation. !!!

Books like this make us love Kentucky even more and they show the world what the Commonwealth has to offer.

Go pre-order all the copies and give one to everyone you know, Amen.

And if you’re a national teevee or radio producer? Holler at Sarah to have her on your fancy program posthaste. KET folks, too. It’s about BOURBON and LADY TREATS! Two of the most important things on the planet.

Booze Apparently Causes Louisville’s Problems

The Louisville-Southern Indiana metro area has regained all 42,000 jobs lost during the 2007-09 economic recession, according to the latest information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. [WDRB]

To stave off tolls, some people in Northern Kentucky want a state sales tax increase to fund the $2.5 billion Brent Spence Bridge replacement and renovation. [C-J/AKN]

“This has been a long time coming in Louisville. Sorry it’s taken so long but we have it now,” Louisville Metro Department of Corrections Directory Mark Bolton said. [WHAS11]

The Cornbread Mafia is just $3.99 for Kindle now – so jump on that deal ASAP. You don’t have to have a Kindle to get it – you can get the Kindle app for free on your puter, iPhone, iPad or other device. [Amazon]

There are apparently no other problems facing this city. When a tiny group of disconnected people from one area of town get these crazy ideas that stopping alcohol sales for two hours in the middle of the night will solve all our problems, it’s time to give them the boot. [WLKY]

Exxon, the world’s largest company by revenue, denies LGBT workplace protections, discriminates in hiring and removes protections offered by the companies it buys up. [The Advocate]

A developer is proposing the state’s sales tax fund a bridge project in northern Kentucky. The proposal comes as Louisville and southern Indiana drivers prepare to deal with tolls for years. [WAVE3]

House Speaker Greg Stumbo wants Wednesday’s meeting of House and Senate leaders to be open to discuss sexual harassment claims against a fellow lawmaker. The flustercuck is about to get worse. [H-L]

Since a potential pediatric partnership between Norton Healthcare Inc. and UK Healthcare was announced in late August, much of the news related to the partnership has focused on the resulting dispute between Norton and the University of Louisville rather than on the details of the partnership agreement. [Business First]

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd on Tuesday upheld Gov. Steve Beshear’s decisions to expand Kentucky’s Medicaid program and create a health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act. [C-J/AKN]

Looking at the needs of the corporation’s facilities in the long term, an architectural firm was selected to conduct a facilities study for Greater Clark County Schools at Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting. [News & Tribune]

Cornbread On Audio, Win A Free Book To Celebrate

Have you heard how GQ described Jim Higdon’s The Cornbread Mafia?

“[A] lucidly spun tale…. Think Tarantino on Kentucky bluegrass, scored with Creedence and vigorously reported.”

—GQ

We’ve written about it a ton over the past few months and it’s time to write about it again.


Because the audio book has officially been released! You should go buy it today if you want to hear the story but don’t have time to read.

In honor of the audio book release? We’re giving away two more copies this week. Here’s how to win your copy:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling us about the currently elected politician in Kentucky you’d most enjoy seeing stoned on the wacky weed. No, it can’t be Perry Clark.
  • You may also email us if you don’t feel comfortable commenting.

You must enter your real email address in the comment form so you can be contacted if you’re a winner.

Two winners will be randomly selected this Sunday at midnight.

Get Ready For Barry Bernson’s New Book & DVD

We’re not fans of giving people free advertising – especially when those people are Carol Butler, who had that fancy do-nothing-for-$80,000-per-year “job” with Jerry Abramson. So you know this is a big deal.

We’re fans of Barry Bernson and think getting hyped up over his upcoming book is a good thing:




The DVD alone (you know you almost peed during those clips) will be worth the purchase price.

Bernson’s a Louisville legend and looking back at his 700 years in local television is going to be fun.