Ranting

Memphasis > Hands Up, You’re In Tennessee

April 17th, 2014

ARMED AND DANGEROUS. I got an email last week from a White Station classmate. “Aren’t you the guy who once wore a western style .22 pistol in a holster into the drug store at Poplar and Perkins? Man, were you ever ahead of your time.” Yes, Michael, I did. It was a gorgeous nine-shot .22 long-barrel revolver in a hand-tooled, well-worn black ...

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Memphasis > Feed The Imagination

April 10th, 2014

SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. The courtyard you’re in was once stacked with wooden cases, the food trucks you see were once mule-drawn wagons waiting to load those cases, the locally-brewed beer you’re sipping the reincarnation of what filled them, the live music you hear covering the century-old echoes of the South’s once busiest brewery – the ...

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Memphasis > Where There’s Smoke

April 3rd, 2014

DON’T WAIT FOR THE FIRE TO FIND THE WATER. Neglect and denial burns in empty buildings and blighted neighborhoods, futures are hazy, moods are dark and the smoke from all of it chokes cities and sends those able to flee to greener ground at the edges, leaving behind a bitter landscape, a smoldering threat. Those fleeing, those who would neglect and deny the problem ...

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Memphasis > Unique Flavor

March 27th, 2014

MEMPHIS RITUAL. The Memphis of Memphis is best observed and shared around tables, best accompanied by good food, and best expressed in good stories. Mildred’s story, for instance. On a Downtown basement wall in the oldest public building in Memphis, Calvary Episcopal Church, there’s a plaque. That’s not unusual for a church wall, but this ...

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Memphasis > 100 Homage

March 20th, 2014

38 STORIES, THOUSANDS OF STORIES. I remember when the big hulk was a big deal, its unimaginative gray mass full of imagination and local color. On our first date in 1967, I took Nora to the Top Of The 100. I’ll never forget when she leaned over the table, her blue eyes wide, and said, “You eat parsley?” The building was two years old and Top Of The ...

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