Ranting

Memphasis > Raised From The Dead

September 21st, 2017

GHOST AND SPIRIT I walked through the town at mid-morning. Like any town you spend a lifetime in, you know people. I spoke to the guy that owns the coffee shop, Jimmy Lewis, as he walked between customers over cups and conversation. He and I went to the same high school, and I see they’re building a new high school right here in town – going to be trying ...

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Memphasis > A Tasteful List 2017

September 14th, 2017

DIG IN, MEMPHIS. Presenting the Tasteful List 2017 – alphabetical local favorites in one decidedly local man’s opinion – all good if not good for you. Some are farm to table, some got waylaid by sugar, flour, corn meal and deep-frying along the way, but all of are ours, bless their hearts.  A/M Breakfast, Andrew Michael; Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp, ...

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Memphasis > What We’re Left With

September 7th, 2017

LEGACIES OF IRONY The guy who invented dynamite and various ways to blow people up also gave us the Nobel Peace Prize. According to Alfred Nobel’s will in 1896, the award is to go to someone who has, “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace ...

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Memphasis > I Recommend A New Novel

August 31st, 2017

THEY READ US LIKE A BOOK When I was growing up, The Book Shelf was about where the northwest corner of the Kroger in Poplar Plaza is now. It smelled like books – not the library smell of tomes and the weight of knowledge, but the smell of brand-new information, shiny new possibilities, a world of discovery on a personal scale. It was owned by Earl Howry, a quiet man ...

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Memphasis > A Matter Worth Raising

August 24th, 2017

SYMBOLS AND FLAGS MATTER Nora approached the concierge desk at the General Walker Hotel in Obersalzberg, Germany, just below Hitler’s infamous retreat, the Eagle’s Nest, and just above the town of Berchtesgaden. We’d heard that there was a museum in the hotel’s basement. The man behind the desk was behind a newspaper when Nora asked, “Excuse ...

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