There are times when I truly miss the Big Dig, the site of the long-promised Renaissance Tower, just off Fayetteville’s Square. Much like former mayor Dan Coody, it provided much inspiration to writers across Fayetteville. When the Big Dig and Big Dan were both with us, one never had to worry about writer’s block.

Even though the unsightly hole has been filled in – permanently? – and a parking lot has taken its place, many in the area still have cause for complaint.


What raises folks’ ire is the look of the buildings rising all about the parking lot, the sort of primer paint attractiveness that one can’t help but notice with disdain, even when driving casually by the lot. Even though the hole has been filled ion, the towering walls still give the area the aura of economic depression meets nuclear war aftermath.

And who needs that, right off the square?


A number of people have wondered if perhaps some some of community art project might not be in order? A giant mural?

Wow – a giant mural. What a concept! So cool, so Fayetteville, when you think about it.


Some thing is needed to cover the god awful space, that’s for certain.

Hell, even gang graffiti might be an improvement, at this point.


Quote of the Day


I cling to my imperfection as the very essence of my being. – Anatole France


The America Question – Art Hobson

The continuing series about our country, Are we still the “greatest” country in the world? If not, just what has happened?  Today, we hear from Art Hobson, Professor Emeritus of Physics, at the  University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville.

We are certainly not the greatest country in the world, and haven’t been for a long time. Our greatness expired sometime around 1950. Since then, we’ve been too ideological, self-satisfied, and set in our ways to be a great nation. Basically, the problem is conservative ideology, especially fundamentalist religion, but there’s also lots of ideology on the left.

We seem unable to think through our problems rationally and take practical action to solve them. President Obama does take a rational, pragmatic approach, and he gives me hope. During the past few decades, the nations I would nominate for greatness include Sweden, Germany, and Denmark. They have little poverty, good health care for all, hardly any homeless people, they are solidly pro-environment, they have a decent public-private balance, the corporations don’t run these countries as they do the United States.


Joe Alexander – Renewing Your Life-Force – II

The website address I gave a few days ago actually didn’t offer much more information on Joe Alexander’s new book. Renewing Your Life-Force. This site offers a little more info:



Heather Drain: Kinski Uncut

This week I sit down with film reviewer Heather Drain to discuss  actor Klaus Kinski’s autobiography, Kinski Uncut, which reveals just how complicated the intense actor truly  was. Kinski had a volatile life, both on the set and off.

Kinski starred in many films, including Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Crawlspace, and Aguirre: The Wrath of God. 

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Monday – 1:30pm
Tuesday 10pm
Wednesday – 10:15am
Thursday – 9pm
Friday – 2:30pm

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