Diary: Endeavour Morse, Joseph Brodsky and coping with the darkness of the Open Air Museum of Ignorance, Superstition and Backwardness

Diary: Endeavour Morse, Joseph Brodsky and coping with the darkness of the Open Air Museum of Ignorance, Superstition and Backwardness

Back on October 27, 2019 at NA Confidential, I undertook to explain a reference I’d previously made to New Albany as the Open Air Museum of Ignorance, Superstition and Backwardness. The British television series Endeavour factored into this little bit of pedantry. Now it’s 2023, and the final series of Endeavour is airing on public television. It began in 2012, when I still was a co-owner at NABC, and our Bank Street Brewhouse expansion was ongoing. In the years to come, I left the company and BSB perished. Now Endeavour is gone, too. But make no mistake: New Albany is as much an Open Air Museum of Ignorance, Superstition and Backwardness as it always was, even if our collective powers of denial have grown infinitely stronger. 

It took a few days for me to see it, but last night’s council meeting provided the necessary epiphany.

Why have I reacted so strongly against the scrubbed and polished fantasy land depicted in New Albany’s new Comprehensive Plan?

Because it’s delusional lipstick on an unreconstructed pig. We’re still the Open Air Museum of Ignorance, Superstition and Backwardness.

As last night’s meeting amply attested, the same perennial prejudices, assumptions, idiocies and clannishness held by the same...Read more