Since removing to Kentucky last year it has been a pleasing thing to reorient to a Bluegrass state of mind (or is that commonwealth of mind?). In my decade long absence there has been a renaissance of Kentucky self-consciousness, which I believe is a good thing. I started my own Kentucky-centric blog over at Eat Kentucky last year (visit early and often), and have enjoyed discovering some other Kentucky blogs. Below are four that I think are worth your time.
J.D. Bentley writes at Bourbon & Tradition where manly themes meet, well tradition and Kentucky. He is an admirer of my old boss Russell Kirk, which is a mighty fine recommendation. Imagine if Hemingway came from Kentucky and was a Tory. Currently he is matrimonial exile in Brazil, but plans to return to Kentucky as soon as practicable. Friendly caution, there is some, shall we say, manly language used.
Take a look at Bentley’s post ‘A Roman Emperor’s Advice to Justin Beiber’
Peter Brackney runs the local history site Kaintuckeean, the name drawn from an early form of the Indian word that became “Kentucky.” Peter is an attorney, although don’t hold that against him, and the author of the recent book Lost Lexington. Peter is a board member of the Blue Grass Trust, an organization dedicated to protecting and preserving historic buildings and landmarks in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region.
Read Brackney’s ‘A Lost Fall Tradition: The Haggins’ Huge Party at Elmendorf’
Kevin, the Kentucky Junker, is a thrifter with a keen eye and mad thrifting skills. His blog is photography driven, but if you like old stuff and the treasure hunt of discovering lost treasures. When I find Kevin I may or may not be the guy following him around to learn his thrift route. Just take the time to browse the site. It’s a treasure trove.
Courtney Hall, the Bourbon Soaked Mom, is based in Hazard in eastern Kentucky. The blog focuses on local history and also thrifting and such. Growing up in bordering Clay County, Courtney writes a lot of interest to me. Courtney, I discovered, is also the daughter of my first cousin’s husband’s brother. That’s one of the most Kentucky things that can ever happen to you.
Read Courtney’s ‘Glory Days: A Story of Hazard’
Do you have any favorite Kentucky blogs?