Waffle House Things

Things happen at the Waffle House. A few days ago, a man was shot inside a Waffle House in Norfolk, Virginia, and a couple days before that, in Crowley, Alabama, a man crashed his car into the Waffle House before leading police on a car chase. Also this week: two men in Florida who’d been shot at in their car drove to the local Waffle House for help, and in Memphis, a ...

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Woody’s Library Restaurant

I was very excited to eat dinner at The Library. It’s located in Carmel, Indiana, an upper-income suburb of Indianapolis, quite probably the whitest city in America though not to be confused with Boston, which only wishes it were the whitest. (I stole that line from a satiric novella about our times called Now Playing by Erik Simon. If you thought it was funny, you should check out the book. ...

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Hildene: A Lincoln Summer Home

I’ve spent enough of this lifetime hearing about the limelight woes of children of celebrities. I’m not saying there aren’t certain hassles of being in the spotlight, but those are far preferable to the actual pressures of, say, not getting enough food this week because your single mom makes minimum wage or not keeping your fingers warm enough to do homework because your dad fell off of an eight-foot scaffolding ...

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Holtman’s Doughnuts

Perhaps one of these days I will research how doughnuts came to be, but I feel like all that knowledge might sully things between me and doughnuts, might kill the magic, like in the Emily Dickinson poem about a guy (and it had to be a guy because only a guy would do something this stupid) who dissected a songbird to figure out where that beautiful music was coming from; ...

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