Simply Bacik

2012 Touchstone Nominated Story. The following story from the Toledo City Paper was nominated for the Press Club of Toledo's Touchstone award for Excellence in Journalism. Father James Bacik wrote those words 25 years ago, in an essay reflecting on the 25th anniversary of his ordination as a 
Roman Catholic priest. It was a moment

The fishy war on the homefront

2012 Touchstone Nominated Story. The following story from the Toledo City Paper was nominated for the Press Club of Toledo's Touchstone award for Excellence in Journalism. It was probably just another carefree day on the lake. A laughing 15-year-old Seth Russell was riding the wake of a speedboat on an inner tube, enjoying a beautiful

Tales from the dark side

2012 Touchstone Nominated Story. The following story from the Toledo City Paper was nominated for the Press Club of Toledo's Touchstone award for Excellence in Journalism. Donald Ray Pollock writes fiction. Thank God. The characters contained in his two highly praised books, the short story collection Knockemstiff and the recent novel The Devil All the

Chuck Amok

Not only is Chuck Klosterman one of the most talented and wittiest writers working today, he’s one of the classiest. A few hours before I’m supposed to call him at his New York apartment, my voice recorder decides to crap out and since I’m in the middle of an especially busy work day, I will