Ranting

Memphasis > Life Is Local

July 13th, 2017

IN OUR USA TODAY, WE WOKE UP HERE.  We’ve all heard former Speaker Tip O’Neill’s grammatically flawed truism, “All politics is local.” So is life, Mr. Speaker, and it deserves to be covered locally. When my father was a kid, The Commercial Appeal was published from a building at the corner of Second and Court. He told me families ...

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Memphasis > Not Ours, Not Theirs

July 6th, 2017

NOT THE APPLE OF THE APPLE’S EYE. The only other person on the subway platform that night years ago was in a hood-up hoodie and seemed to be about eight feet tall, and seemed to get taller as he walked toward me. Even sober, I wouldn’t be able to do anything about whatever he had in mind, and I was far from sober after a three-hour meal in Tribeca. I was ...

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Memphasis > The Big Picture

June 29th, 2017

THE CITY IS A GALLERY, THE NEIGHBORHOODS ITS ROOMS. Artistic talent runs in the family like spilled India ink on paper, although it ran away from me. Briefly majoring in art, I learned that my talent lay in appreciation not execution, and there is much to appreciate in our city. And wouldn’t you know it, our city doesn’t appreciate it. Whether you are ...

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Memphasis > My American Story

June 22nd, 2017

DON’T CALL ME CHEROKEE, JUST CALL ME LEIF. As a kid, I was told I was part Native American on my mother’s side – probably Cherokee, they said, maybe Chickasaw. My mother, my aunt and my uncles weren’t sure which and how much and my grandmother wasn’t talking, but one look at any of them or at me or my children with our profiles of various ...

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Memphasis > Sharing Yards

June 15th, 2017

ROOTS AND MONKEY GRASS So I’m waiting in line at Booksellers to get my high school classmate, Cary Fowler, to sign my copy of his new book when a moment of quintessential Memphis broke out. In front in me are two women about my age, identical twins. One interrupted my musing about attractive twins by turning to me and asking, “Are you Dan Conaway?” ...

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