Ranting

Memphasis > Memphis Barbecue Primer

May 5th, 2016

IF YOU DON’T GET YOUR BARBECUE HERE, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU GET IT. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is next week. One of my first columns was about defining barbecue when no definition should be necessary. Sadly, we’ve slipped further and further down a saucy slope and basic definitions are required again. Any pig cooked for a ...

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Memphasis > Unbelievable

April 28th, 2016

THE STATE OF UN.  In this nadir of presidential elections with everyone awash in slimy sound bites, with Congress and a Supreme Court nominee stuck in the mud, it takes truly jaw-dropping state legislative idiocy to draw the attention of the national media, make the monologues of late night hosts and inspire Saturday Night Live skits. The Tennessee General Assembly ...

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Memphasis > Tickled Pink

April 21st, 2016

MEMPHIS IN BLACK AND WHITE. AND PINK. I’m glad Billy Orgel got engaged at Justine’s because that inspired his family to save it, not because they miss the crystal and crabmeat but because the place is personal. The Orgels didn’t save the Tennessee Brewery or turn the old #3 firehouse into a pop-up beer hall because they needed a pint. They did those things ...

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Memphasis > R.I.P. Sears Laurelwood

April 14th, 2016

DOUG, JANICE, SUSAN, PETE, DAD. AND SEARS. Doug Ford – two-time major winner and golf hall of famer – is 93, and coincidently that’s what I shot at Ridgeway last week. Janice was a high school girlfriend, and she liked her horse a lot more than me. Susan was a junior-high girlfriend, or whatever you are when you’re 12, and our relationship was ...

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Memphasis > A Great Big Little Golf Course

April 7th, 2016

OVERTON EAGLES SOAR. When the city last talked about closing the Overton Park golf course, I told my story in a column. Rumor has it, the course is in jeopardy again – a possible Greensward replacement – as if repurposing existing green spaces will justify destroying others, as if all the stories that have made the park so personal to so many are worth no ...

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