Thursday, August 01, 2013
RIP Doghouse Riley
Bats Left/Throws Right has died at the age of 59. He combined keen, worldly insight with a smooth, conversational writing style. I linked his stuff a number of times during my Mike's Blog Roundup stints at Crooks and Liars, and Anne Laurie at Balloon Juice linked him often, but I wish more people had discovered him (and, as many people have pointed out, that he had a sweet gig as a regular newspaper columnist instead of some of the vapid twits we do have). His pieces on Indiana politics and the layers of Mitch Daniels's hackery were especially incisive. A number of fine tributes (with some great Doghouse passages) have been posted: Roy Edroso. World O' Crap. Balloon Juice. Lance Mannion. Indiana blogger Doug Masson. Scott Supak. Charles Pierce. Thrilling Days of Yesteryear. The local obituary. As Scott at World O' Crap passes on, "in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association."