Memphasis > Learning From Wrecks

May 10th, 2012

SPEAKING OF EDUCATION, WE DON’T LEARN. The weight of his robes bearing down, the certain confusion and probable chaos resulting from his next words, the U.S. District Judge in Memphis adjusted his glasses, took a deep breath, and changed public education in his hometown forever. Forty years ago. And right now. In 1972, the judge was Robert McRae. If you ...

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Memphasis > Attaboy, Jimmy.

May 3rd, 2012

AND STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING. Last week, Peter Pan was laid to rest. They came from allover Memphis, his Never Never Land and reality for everybody else, to overflow Midtown’s majestic Idlewild Presbyterian Church. They came by the hundreds, each with a hundred stories, a thousand memories, a million laughs. They came from having lived different lives than his, ...

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Memphasis > Monkey Business

April 26th, 2012

EVOLVING RESPONSE. The anachronistic Tennessee Legislature has awarded creationism equal scientific weight to evolution and declared that the prevailing religious belief of that body be offered as viable explanation to our school children for the order, formation and timing of the universe. Scientific method, empirical data, the conflicting doctrines of other world ...

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Memphasis > Devolution

April 19th, 2012

LEGISLATURE VOTES TO DEVOLVE. Dateline: Nashville, 2012, 1925 or 1869, your choice. The Tennessee legislature has officially gone bananas and passed the Monkey Bill, allowing any student who disagrees with the findings of modern science to reject those findings and howl about it from the treetops with impunity. The debate lasted six days, and on the seventh they ...

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Memphasis > Genuine Gumbo

April 12th, 2012

IT TAKES OKRA. This Sunday, April 15, Mike Warr has asked me to help judge the gumbo cookoff at the City Auto Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, the annual mudbug throwdown to benefit Porter-Leath. Mike started this party when he was at the helm of Captain Bilbo’s 23 years ago, initially ordering 600 pounds of crawfish. Now he heads Porter-Leath, and this year some ...

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