John Nova Lomax
Rants, Screeds, Tales & Lore of a Cranky Middle Aged Writer in Spanish Moss Texas
Created 10 Jan 2021
  • The Power of Place on Mental Maladies: My Own and Others
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 2
    Central station, Milano Have you ever heard of Jerusalem syndrome? That's when tourists to the Holy City become convinced they are prophets or even the Messiah. Israeli mental health pros have identif...
  • The short career of an SEC Football hooligan
    21 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Though he had no allegiance to the team, John Lomax III used to take me to go see Vanderbilt play football (and basketball) games in Nashville. At the time, there was little else in the way of live sp...
  • The Story of Mama and Dr. Larry
    18 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 4 3
    This meme -- inspired by Herr Doktor-Professor Trump's hold over his flock -- and a discussion online about murderers or murder victims you have known got me to thinking again about this stray frond f...
  • A Name Change
    17 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 10 3
    The Lomax Chronicles and Nova Gazette is no more. It was too long and perhaps just a tad vain. Perhaps even narcissistic. Anyway, I am renaming this thing Ruckus. It’s short. It’s blunt. It’s somethin...
  • College Football Booster Flubs
    15 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat ...
  • Just When I Thought I Had the Transcription Issue Licked, Along Came Mr Puzzles
    13 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 1
    Ever since I got started in this business 20 years ago, transcribing interviews has been my least favorite task. Unfortunately, reporting the words of people you interview is rather a large part of th...
  • A Far Cry From Elsie the Cow
    09 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 3
    Gail Borden flits in and out of early Texas history like a weird ghost. Here he is editing the Texas Telegraph and Register, the first newspaper in revolutionary Texas and the Republic. And the next t...
  • Political Fixers, Blue & Red
    02 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 1
    One of the reasons I have the job that I have — freelance writer, writing about anything and everything — is that I am afflicted with a terrible case of ADD that would easily landed me on heavy medica...
  • Lawn Mower Man
    01 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 2
    (A chestnut from the Houston Press, originally published ten years ago this summer. When you are feeling down and out, this is a great story to read. ) For Kenneth Page, all that he had built his drea...
  • Bands Pitchfork Killed, Volume One
    30 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 3 3
    Older folks reading this blog won’t know what a mighty shadow the website cast over alternative / edgy / college / indie rock in the 2000s. Their weird grading system — one to ten, with ...
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