Memphasis > At The Counter

September 11th, 2014

THE COLLEGE INN, FULL CIRCLE. The future was in my hands. My parents had set me free and I sat there all by myself for the very first time, my own stool at the counter, my own menu in front of me and a cool new show on the TV above. It was 1957. I was eight. The show was Perry Mason. And I was in control. That seminal moment was at the College Inn, a little ...

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Memphasis > A Tasteful List 2014

September 4th, 2014

MEMPHIS ON A PLATE. Presenting the fourth edition of the Tasteful List, updated for 2014 – second, third and fourth helpings, this year’s specials, delicious memories – an alphabetical survey of local flavor in one decidedly local man’s opinion. If home-owned cooking is the menu – fresh from our kitchens – this is what I’m ...

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Memphasis > It Begins

August 28th, 2014

KICKING IT OFF. Here we go again. Some years ago, I found myself at a tailgate party in downtown Tuscaloosa. Even though the game wasn’t until that afternoon and it was only mid-morning, there were plenty of people well into their cups. One particular middle-aged fan, holding one of those cups and already completely basted in its contents, leaned forward in his ...

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Memphasis > The Skinny

August 21st, 2014

THE NAKED TRUTH. Of the occasions I’ve been skinny dipping, two stand out. The first ended in an FBI interrogation and the other in front of a generation of city leaders. The summer before my senior year in high school, a group of us made frequent trespasses to a secluded wet spot on a farm off Winchester. Elam’s Pond has long since been lost to progress ...

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Memphasis > The Q Party

August 14th, 2014

CRISIS AVERTED. It’s all a matter of perspective. At the height of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, a friend’s father was in Corinth, Mississippi, on business. He was outside the courthouse having a cigarette and waiting for an appointment when he overheard a conversation between two old men on a bench. “You know, those missiles down there in Cuba ...

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