Memphasis > Talking Sex

March 13th, 2014

ALL OF OUR COLLEGE PRESIDENTS SHOULD GET SEXY. The Tennessee General Assembly has long been afraid of sex. When I was a UT student in the late sixties, the Tennessee legislature proposed a law making it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to view nude art. On the humanities complex plaza, stood and still stands a huge statue of Europa and the Bull – both ...

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Memphasis > Sunny Side Up

March 6th, 2014

WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST? I’m skeptical of city pep rallies because they tend to be more about the pep than any solutions worth rallying around, the cheerleading more cheering than leading. I’m also skeptical of anyone who’s particularly peppy first thing in the morning. Ergo, I was skeptical when I dragged myself into my first Breakfast Club ...

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Memphasis > Ceiling Reflections

February 27th, 2014

FAMILY TIME. “You’re no happier than your most unhappy child,” a wise friend said. I remembered those words as I stared at the breadbox on the ceiling. I’ll explain. Back when we were living in the Georgian Woods with about 27¢, we didn’t buy anything we didn’t need and couldn’t justify. Nora needed a breadbox, so she used ...

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Memphasis > Preaching To Meddling

February 20th, 2014

OUR NEW PHARISEES. Pharisee |ˈfarəsē|noun • a member of an ancient religious sect, distinguished by strict observance of traditional and written law, commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity. From the church of Nashville: If you believe that religion should dictate law, then stand and repeat after me. It is only necessary for me to believe in ...

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Memphasis > Give Memphis A Lift

February 13th, 2014

CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE. Rather than walking a mile in other people’s shoes, try riding a mile on their bus. From where I’m sitting, basically Poplar Plaza, to, say, those new jobs at Electrolux is anywhere from an hour and 35 minutes to two hours and 20 minutes with 75 to 116 stops on three buses – with a nice little half-mile stroll built-in.

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