Author Archive: Johnny Sain

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Gar Hole

Gar Hole

Point Remove Creek’s slow warm currents dawdle in the lazy hot days of mid-summer. The creek bottom’s air dawdles, too. It’s stagnant and damp, amplifying smells of life and death, and the pungent odor of death is strong today. Metallic green and blue bottle flies swarm and cover the corpse of a shortnose gar lying […]

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July 1, 2019 | By More
Wonders in every era

Wonders in every era

I’m not a Luddite by any stretch. Truth be told, technology — specifically the internet and everything attached to it including the Pandora’s box of social media — plays a significant role in my day-to-day. It also makes my life more interesting through introductions to new people and connections to friends — real friends — […]

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River monster

River monster

  Pizza can be found across the land. There seems to be an outlet in every little town and even in between. For Pete’s sake, you can buy a slice at the gas stations. Because of this ubiquity, and because even bad pizza is still pizza and any pizza by definition is tasty, good pizza […]

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In your face

In your face

The Russellville City Mall, in the heart of town, has long been a distribution point for ABOUT with several advertisers and a big magazine rack located there. We deliver new issues several times a month. Yet, I’d never sampled food from one of the newest mall tenants — Daily Bread — until this year’s Taste […]

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June 1, 2019 | By More
We can’t stand in silence

We can’t stand in silence

    Ethnically, Pope county is about 90 percent or higher white. And without looking at the demographics, I’d wager that this is roughly the same for other counties in the River Valley region. I don’t recall much blatant racism while growing up in Atkins, though, there was plenty of passive racism in the way […]

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Guns and responsibility

Guns and responsibility

During my rural childhood, I was taught, as I’m sure many of you were, that there were two appropriate places for guns — either on the rack or in the woods. No one had to tell me that school or downtown was not the proper context for a gun. But then, we didn’t worry about […]

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Eichmann in Jerusalem:  A Report on the Banality of Evil

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

As reviewed by Johnny Carrol Sain “It is indeed my opinion now that evil is never ‘radical,’ that it is only extreme, and that it possesses neither depth nor any demonic dimension. It can overgrow and lay waste the whole world precisely because it spreads like a fungus on the surface. It is ‘thought-defying,’ as […]

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The Hero we need. The hero we deserve. The hero we hunger for.

The Hero we need. The hero we deserve. The hero we hunger for.

His athletic build is surprising — it’s not the physique you’d expect to see on a man who enjoys food and has made good food his life’s mission. His husky masculine voice, reminiscent of Ron Burgundy, seems fitting for a hero. But those are the only descriptions I can note as the Tater Man answers […]

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Leave it to the pros

Leave it to the pros

I thought I was pretty handy on the grill — choosing only the best cuts, marinating, soaking a few hickory sticks and letting them puff up a good white smoke before gently placing meat onto the sizzling grates. And my creations were plenty tasty. The wife and kids said so. Then we visited Ridgewood Brothers […]

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It’s what you do that defines you

It’s what you do that defines you

As a kid, comic book heroes intrigued me for various reasons. Of course incredible physical abilities were part of the appeal. But the biggest attraction was the alter egos, the dual personalities, the ability to shift between two completely different people at will or sometimes when triggered by outside influences. Comic book characters could live […]

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