Friday, December 17, 2010

Museum Plaza Not Dead Yet

JSH's gallery space in the on again/off again Museum Plaza may still come to pass after all. Someday.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Buffalo Field Campaign

JSH artwork will soon be displayed in the offices of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in Washington, D.C. :

Saturday, December 11, 2010

December Status Report

"There's other impending news in the offing, though it's not quite time to speak of it here. But I will say that my old eatin'-and-drinkin' column Nightlife Notes will soon return as part of a new journalistic endeavor that will be launched on January 1st.

Stay tuned, pallies. The rollercoaster is about to begin."

Monday, December 6, 2010

Does This Mean Us?

" I'm adopting a "zero tolerance" policy for rude people, crazies, obnoxious assholes, psychic vampires, unenthusiastic mopers, negative nellies and naysayers."

Friday, November 5, 2010

Acer in Review

JSH reviews the Acer Aspire One D260 netbook:

Monday, September 6, 2010

Transylvania Colony

JSH finally goes YouTube in a big way:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

One of Our Prostitutes is Missing

This painting's whereabouts is unknown. Do you have it, or know who does?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Balsamic Vinegar Martini

Doesn't sound good at all, but I guess he knows what he's doing:

Cave City Becoming a Ghost Town

"We need to organize a determined squad of entrepreneurs to go down there on a mission to help restore Cave City's beautifully tacky tourist trade."

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Son of a Grimaldi!

JSH releases two short snippets from his play in progress about, what else, clowns.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Please Dough Nut Eat This

A slab of beef, bacon and egg wedged between two Krispy Kreme donuts? I think I'm going to hurl right now.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Call for Plays... Sort Of

Catclaw Theatre is making a renewed call for play script submissions, but JSH pretty much lays down the law about what they don't want to see - which is a lot!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Commonwealth Curiosities

JSH has a new gig writing for Kentucky Monthly Magazine!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Saudi Arabian Superclock

"The four faces of the Mecca Clock are illuminated by 2 million LED lights. "In the name of Allah". The Mecca Clock will display, of course, Arabia Standard Time (three hours ahead of GMT). The clock faces are 151 feet in diameter, which dwarfs the face of Big Ben (23 feet in diameter) considerably. The Big Ben clock was installed in 1859 to replace the Palace of Westminster's which had been destroyed by fire in 1834."

Monday, August 9, 2010


JSH deconstructs Hitchcock's most misunderstood film, but reading about Vertigo gives me vertigo.

Friday, August 6, 2010


What is Cubeb? Apparently you smoke it. Edgar Rice Burroughs did, and look at him.

That Floridian Flavor

On the sad state of cigarette smoking in Florida:

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Louie Louie Louie Louie Louie Louie Louie Louie Louie

"I once heard Jack Endino refer to Billy Childish derogatorily as "that Louie Louie guy", and I understood then that battle lines were drawn, perhaps billions of years ago, between we who are Louie Louie guys and those who don't have the Louie gene. Jack, there's something that you lack."

The Grave of Marvin Finn

The colorful headstone of Louisville folk-artist and bird fancier Marvin Finn:

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Joe the Strummer

JSH names Joe Strummer's "Earthquake Weather" as the soundtrack to his own "lost years":

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Oomp Boomp

"Spotted on YouTube: a rare 45 record from 1959 called "Oomp Boomp", by the obscure Louisville band The Rhythm-Addicts."

Friday, July 23, 2010

Heels and Heads

"I can see all women personified in them, every woman I've ever known and loved, embedded and embodied in these five archetypes. Is it pathetic to be getting misty-eyed over a freakin' *Go-Gos video?* Don't answer that."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Edgar Cayce

Kentucky's "sleeping prophet" turns out to be even nuttier than I thought he was:

"Cayce taught that an alien civilization on the planets of Arcturus is one of the most advanced in this galaxy. He described it a "fifth-dimensional civilization that is a prototype of Earth's future". From this, an entire army of spinoff UFO religions devoted to the Arcturians sprouted in the subsequent century, with many post-Cayce wannabe-channelers claiming to be Arcturians themselves, such as Commander Theda."

Toulouse-inations Poster

"I was pulled in all directions and losing my mind, feeling like Geoffrey Tennant in any given episode of Slings and Arrows."

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I Heard the Voice of a Pork Chop

"I dreamt I was sittin' in a swell cafe, hungry as a bear.
My stomach sent a telegram to my throat: "There's a wreck on the road somewhere."
I heard the voice of a pork chop say: "Come unto me and rest."
Well you talk about your stewing beans, I know what's the best.
You can talk about your chicken, ham and eggs, turkey stuffed and dressed,
But I heard the voice of a pork chop say "Come unto me and rest."

Excerpt from "714"

An excerpt from JSH's out of print novel "714":

Friday, June 11, 2010

Son of a Clown

Again with the Clowns? JSH says he is writing a play about Joey Grimaldi and his son...


The life and times of Gloria Vanderbilt, and her CIA agent son Anderson Cooper:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jagerbombs: Why?

"if you're in a bar spending your hard-earned bucks on booze, why on Earth would you want to choose a drink with which the effects of intoxication are masked?! Save your money and just don't drink, if that's the case!"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Kentucky Singers

"We don't even know if the Kentucky Singers were really Kentuckians, and the odds are actually against it, since it was apparently the fashion at the time to adopt a faux-Kentuckian image - witness Henny Hendrickson's Louisville Serenaders, a bunch of Jersey guys who probably never set foot in Louisville in their lives. And Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders, based out of Pennsylvania."

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

What is "Hiero-Nog"?

Your friendly bartender JSH explains:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Whirl + Twirl + Girl

Al Gore invented the internet so you could watch kinescopes of roller-skating vaudeville acts from 1950.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Dennis Hopper, RIP

"Dennis Hopper is dead and I don't feel so good myself."

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Not Al!

JSH bemoans the preponderance of mp3s falsely attributed to Weird Al Yankovic:

Friday, May 14, 2010

Happy Birthday to JSH!

"I was born on this date in the year of our Lord, Nineteen hundred and sixty-six. Just two weeks prior, on Walpurgisnacht, the Church of Satan was founded by Anton LaVey who declared MCMLXVI to be "Year One" in the new age."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Birthday to The Smacks!

Belatedly, anyway. May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, was the 12th anniversary of this seminal (and semenal) Creeps band.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Frozen Failure

JSH's continuing efforts to find a better frozen coffee:

Writing About Writing

Another new JSH blog has mushroomed, one focused on his writing:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mint Condition

Ruminations on the true mint julep recipe:

And an old southern gentlemen's version:

Sunday, May 2, 2010

More Tombstone Junction Images

A reader sends in scans of old photos from Tombstone Junction's heyday:

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The "Aunt Beru" Cocktail

I'm going back someday, come what may, to blue beru:

Meat on the Table

Hear a slice of hot 20's jazz from the New Orleans Owls:

Monday, April 26, 2010

Vermilion Quotations

The crispiest of all the crispy cards?

Old News

Like Anton LaVey, JSH prefers to read newspapers from the Victorian era.

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Farewell to Fraps

After years of Frappuccino-addiction, JSH finds they've changed the formula to something weak, flavorless, and undrinkable. Sucks to be him.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Where There's A Head, There's Hope

A misleading headline on the Courier-Journal leads to a distasteful tangent on severed heads and grisly scientific research in transplanting them.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Asleep Twelve Years

This just in, breaking news from 1906: a Kentucky man does a Rip Van Winkle.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Wipe "Em Off

You don't hear many songs about wiping these days.

Recipe for the Veranda, from the Veranda

JSH's latest invention: an apple-maple-bourbon-honey cocktail called "The Veranda".

Photo from January 1984

A never-before-seen photograph of JSH has turned up in the JLK collection.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Pitchin' Wedge

"I drove myself insane singing Frank Sinatra's "Summer Wind" over and over but substituting the words "Pitchin' Wedge"."

15,000 Farmers

"When it comes to Earth Day and Arbor Day, a lot of people talk the talk, but how many really walk the walk?"

Monday, March 29, 2010

Drinkin' at Al J's

A suave saloon between the Galt House's twin towers.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Let Kirstie Alley Be Your Organic Liaison

The self-described "fat actress" is no longer fat! She's looking great, feeling great, and has a new diet plan, a new movie, and a new TV show...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Planet Pulcova?

Apparently a bunch of new planets have snuck in the back door while I was out...

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Fax Machine Was Invented in 1846.

Hold on, that can't be right. Oh crap, it is. How is that possible?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lucia di Lammermoor

What do Walt Disney, Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas, The Three Stooges, and an obscure 1920s pianist named Ferdinand Himmelreich have in common? They all helped revive this obscure Italian opera from 1835:

Coal From Hell

What is coal, *really*? It's mostly carbon, and what's *that* made of?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Take With Food Or Milk

A book so tiny, you might as well just swallow it and let the comics absorb into your bloodstream:

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Is the Jim Bunning Foundation a Scam?

You decide.

The Nebra Sky Disk

It looks like a winky-face to me. But it's actually the sun, the moon and an Egyptian boat on a bronze circle that's turning history on its head.

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Apparently before it was by the dashboard light, it was in Muhlenberg County.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

"From Four Till Late" painting

And all this time I thought the title meant she was just listening to records all night long...

Sunday, February 21, 2010

JSH at Costco

The book signing went well, even though he was competing with tubs of cheese dip:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, Fat

Mardi Gras season has begun, and JSH is all over it. Fat Tuesday celebrations in KY:

JSH's hurricane recipe:

And rare color footage of the 1941 Mardi Gras:

Monday, February 15, 2010

JSH book signing at Costco!

"this being at a Costco rather than a bookstore proper, I'm assuming a lot of folks are there to buy macaroni and cheese dinners by the pallet-load, and containers of mayonnaise the size of anti-freeze jugs, not to see some weirdo from Estill County who paints scary clowns."

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The Rialto

Beautiful historic theater building gets torn down by short-sighted idiots. So what else is new?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Son, The Cat

JSH gently pokes fun at all the soccer-mom "my son is so precious" blogs in Louisville Mojo's "Parenting" department by waggishly saluting his "son" Krampus:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Frankenstein Sinatra

Be careful, Igor, it's my heart.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Telecrylic Blog

Telecrylic International, the international association of owners of Jeffrey Scott Holland artwork, has a new blog:

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

All-Elvis Radio

Must be something in the water in Richmond.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Return of JSH

"Like the Dick Cheney, I've relocated to an undisclosed location. One where a man can sit on the veranda in the nude and read comic books and sip Jefferson's Reserve and build a levee, brick by brick, gulp by gulp."

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Night of January 16th

Obscure Ayn Rand play, in which the audience takes part as the jury in a trial and determines its ending:

Loosely based on the life of Ivar "The Match King" Kreuger:

Friday, January 15, 2010


A youtube video of a goth-tinged cello player calling herself "Unwoman":

Vernian Process

JSH is apparently quite taken with a steampunk-synth band called Vernian Process:

And you can download their new album here:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Birds and Drones and Aeroplanes

Are tens of thousands of flying robot drones making the friendly skies unfriendly?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

PETA to Invade Corbin, KY?

I don't think they'll be very popular there.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Century Notes

Will 2010 really be "the year we make contact"?

And even if so, does JSH still like 1910 better?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Bikes vs. Cars

"When I'm in my car, I hate bicyclists, and when I'm on my bike, I despise motorists."

Cornbread at the Table

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mister Cornbread Red, pool shark extraordinaire:

Friday, January 1, 2010

Spirals Gone Viral

Everyone's talking about these spooky spirals in the sky lately. Now some guy in Kentucky is even having portentious dreams about them...