Ranting

Memphasis > Discriminate

July 24th, 2014

DISCRIMINATING TASTE. By all means, discriminate. Refuse to accept some prepackaged deal as the best you can do, some label to be the quality test. In the known, look for proven performance from each individual offering, standing alone, not just part of some group menu. In the unknown, demand fresh and bold, the promise of new and interesting interpretations from old ...

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Memphasis > More Than Delta

July 17th, 2014

MESSAGE FROM HOME. A while back – right after I wrote a column blasting Delta, the Airport Authority and Garage Gargantua – I was invited to tour the airport and learn a thing or two or fifty about where so much of what and where we are takes off and lands every day. I was impressed. Oh, Delta is still dead to me, but there’s new life in the people ...

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Memphasis > We’re All Invited

July 10th, 2014

MEMPHIS, SERVED IN THE SHELL. Following up last week’s column, this from a reader: “We have no civic pride, half the population is intent on killing as many as they can and the other part lives behind walls or gates. There was a time in the fifties when you could leave your front door unlocked and keys in the car.”  My church recently threw a ...

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Memphasis > Light and Dark

July 3rd, 2014

WHEN STORIES ARE TOLD IN THE DARK, LEAVE A LIGHT ON. As I watch what leads the local TV news – basically a visual evening recap of whatever that day’s monitoring of police scanners and chasing sirens can produce – and what passes for TV reporting ­– basically an evening twist to whatever might be salacious or sensational in that morning’s ...

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Memphasis > The View From Nashville

June 26th, 2014

IF WE DON’T CARE, NO ONE ELSE WILL. Longtime friend and Nashville marketing maven, David Bohan, answered my column about oxymoronic Nashville barbecue with his own column “Marketing Matters” in The Tennessean last week. In doing so, I think my friend made my point. The point wasn’t tongue-in-cheek comparisons to things that don’t exist ...

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