Memphasis > War Within The State

February 7th, 2013

TENNESSEE HAS DECLARED WAR ON SHELBY COUNTY. We have now renamed three parks. Forrest Park to Health Sciences Park. Confederate Park to Memphis Park. Jefferson Davis Park to Mississippi River Park. The new names are uninspired and uninteresting ­– they might as well be Boring Park, Bland Park and Whatever Park – but what inspired the changes is what makes ...

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Memphasis > It's Personal

January 31st, 2013

IT’S NOT BUSINESS ANYMORE. IT’S PERSONAL. This is our town, and you’re not welcome here. So pack a plane with all your meaningless spin, all your lackeys and suck-ups, all your apologists, all your legal but unethical tactics, all your eye popping price gouging, all your cold and calculated manipulation of lives, your own employees’ lives, and a ...

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Memphasis > Swimming In Memory

January 24th, 2013

THE POOL’S CLOSED. My first date was Ann Wiggs. I took her to a dance in the cafeteria at White Station at the beginning of the seventh grade. She was tall and all elbows and angles. I was short and dumpy and all nervous. We didn’t so much dance as run into each other to music. I was 11. She was 12. I’m into older women to this day. We met a month ...

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Memphasis > A General Invitation

January 17th, 2013

COME ON BACK TO ELMWOOD, GENERAL FORREST. And bring the missus and the horse along. The family’s waiting. After all, you bought the Elmwood lot yourself in 1854 and you were buried here in 1877. Your wife was, too, before some folks named a park after you and moved both of you there in 1904, parking one of the finest equestrian statues anywhere right on top of you in ...

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Memphasis > “It” Goes To Committee

January 10th, 2013

THREE YEARS LATER, MEMPHIS GOES TO COMMITTEE. Almost three years ago, in the hope that we were on the verge of positioning ourselves, of taking our rightful place among places, I wrote this in another column: “Whatever it is, there’s an it to Memphis that compels people to sing, to stay up late, to invent, to write, to dance, to create, to remember, to cook, to ...

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