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Memphasis > A New View

March 1st, 2012

A NEW WAY OF SEEING THINGS. New Orleans is the city that throws the country’s biggest party about this time of year, putting on the biggest show in return for a few colorful beads and trinkets since the Indians gave away Manhattan. It is also the city so much larger than life that Katrina couldn’t drown it, the subsequent loss of virtually every support ...

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Memphasis > God's Sausage

February 23rd, 2012

GOD’S SAUSAGE. “You might just be a copywriter,” Brick Muller said, staring down at the piece of paper I’d just handed him. On it was an ad idea I’d just pounded out on the 1948 Royal typewriter he was paying me to use as a copywriter. The fact that this was his first recognition that I might be one was gratifying since I’d already been ...

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Memphasis > Mind Over Matter

February 16th, 2012

THAT’S ENOUGH.  Growing up, whenever I was doing something, saying something, or up to something for a period of time deemed sufficient by my father, he would say, “That’s enough.” Depending on how he said it, whether or not he was smiling, or, God forbid, he’d said it twice, I could determine if it was enough that ...

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Memphasis > New County Of Them

February 9th, 2012

NEW BILL CREATES EIGHT NEW COUNTIES. Continually annoyed about existing law that gets in his way, Tennessee Representative Curry Todd of Collierville has introduced a bill in the state house eliminating Memphis and Shelby County and creating eight new counties. Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris immediately agreed to sponsor the bill in the senate and gave everybody 30 ...

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Memphasis > Paraprosdokian

February 2nd, 2012

THE VOICES IN MY HEAD MAY NOT BE REAL, BUT THEY HAVE SOME GOOD IDEAS. That line, aside from being an apt description of my entire career, is a paraprosdokian – a figure of speech in which the latter part of a phrase causes the reader to re-frame the first part. The comedian Steven Wright makes a living off these things, and you probably have some living in your ...

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