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Memphasis > 15 Minutes In Memphis

July 11th, 2013

MEG RYAN, AND 15 MINUTES IN MEMPHIS. The other day, I dropped in to see my jeweler. My jeweler. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Mine makes 75 bucks off me every single year. I mean, watch batteries aren’t cheap, and I’m going to sweat through at least one watchband every summer. My jeweler’s name is Bill, and he’s also a musician, a ...

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Memphasis > Notes On Freedom

July 4th, 2013

“AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS” There were no fireworks or moving speeches but there were a few original works and classical movements. There were no marching bands or patriotic songs, but there was a chamber orchestra and a soaring aria or two. There was no Thomas Jefferson or a hot Philadelphia afternoon in 1776, but there was ...

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Memphasis > Local Color

June 27th, 2013

CARROLL CLOAR PAINTED US. Boyle is throwing a birthday party at Brooks for themselves and Carroll Cloar. Everybody from around here is there – there on the walls, the ghosts of where we’ve been, specters of who we are. The small town that’s everywhere in this big town. The fields and the cabins and the simple folk and simple joys that are so close to ...

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Memphasis > The Ghost of Claude Rains

June 20th, 2013

SHOCKED, SHOCKED. You know who Claude Rains was, don’t you? Played Captain Renault in the 1942 classic Casablanca? Sure you do. You remember what the corrupt Captain said when he closed the casino – where he gambled every night – in Rick’s Café Américain, “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in ...

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Memphasis > The Costco Connection

June 13th, 2013

MEMPHIS IN COSTCO. Have you ever noticed that what appears to be of a reasonable size in Costco grows in volume and dimension with every mile between Costco and home? Sure, you need a little lime in your gin and tonic, but there are 50 of them in that green net bag you just dragged into the kitchen and squeezed onto the counter next to those 27 avocados. That lobster dip ...

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