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Memphasis > Tiresome Behavior

June 1st, 2017

ENOUGH ALREADY. Even after months of mediation, after an agreed-upon compromise, after the appointment of a committee and the committee’s selection of a master planner, after the Overton Park Conservancy put up $250,000 toward the plan, after the council voted to take the Conservancy’s money … even after all of that … the Memphis Zoo stiffed the ...

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Memphasis > Of Camels And Spoon

May 25th, 2017

SPOON. 2002-2017.  We took a left off of I-55 somewhere around Coldwater and drove about ten miles through farms to our destination. There was a wooden sign with hand-painted numbers by the gravel drive. There was a Shetland pony in the yard. And emus. And a camel. Outside the house, seven or eight feral children were playing around a broken-down truck and ...

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Memphasis > Unhealthy Motives

May 18th, 2017

WE DON’T CARE ABOUT HEALTHCARE. WE CARE ABOUT INSURANCE. Like casinos, the insurance business is a bet, you know, like a roll of the dice, and like casinos, the house always wins. An army of actuaries hedges every bet. If you buy life insurance, they’re going to charge you enough to make money before you die. They win. If you buy health insurance, ...

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Memphasis > Alternative English

May 11th, 2017

HE MADE ME DO IT. “The devil made me do it,” we used to say, but we used to say lots of things, using words that seem quaint these days. Facts. History. Welcoming. Bipartisan. Diplomatic. Tasteful. Respectful. Considerate. Thoughtful. Credible. Reality. Presidential. But then, we used to use complete sentences, and care about meaning and the art of ...

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Memphasis > 5,000 Miles Of Smoke

May 4th, 2017

DANISH ISN’T JUST FOR BREAKFAST ANYMORE. The man was hauling gold up the steps from Riverside Drive as I waited at the top of the bluff. He was rising like smoke from all the cookers below, holding as he was something above the rest.  Meaty metaphor. He was bringing me a cookbook – not just a cookbook, a BBQ cookbook – not just a BBQ cookbook, ...

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