Ranting

Memphasis > Unbelievable

April 28th, 2016

THE STATE OF UN.  In this nadir of presidential elections with everyone awash in slimy sound bites, with Congress and a Supreme Court nominee stuck in the mud, it takes truly jaw-dropping state legislative idiocy to draw the attention of the national media, make the monologues of late night hosts and inspire Saturday Night Live skits. The Tennessee General Assembly ...

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Memphasis > Tickled Pink

April 21st, 2016

MEMPHIS IN BLACK AND WHITE. AND PINK. I’m glad Billy Orgel got engaged at Justine’s because that inspired his family to save it, not because they miss the crystal and crabmeat but because the place is personal. The Orgels didn’t save the Tennessee Brewery or turn the old #3 firehouse into a pop-up beer hall because they needed a pint. They did those things ...

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Memphasis > R.I.P. Sears Laurelwood

April 14th, 2016

DOUG, JANICE, SUSAN, PETE, DAD. AND SEARS. Doug Ford – two-time major winner and golf hall of famer – is 93, and coincidently that’s what I shot at Ridgeway last week. Janice was a high school girlfriend, and she liked her horse a lot more than me. Susan was a junior-high girlfriend, or whatever you are when you’re 12, and our relationship was ...

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Memphasis > A Great Big Little Golf Course

April 7th, 2016

OVERTON EAGLES SOAR. When the city last talked about closing the Overton Park golf course, I told my story in a column. Rumor has it, the course is in jeopardy again – a possible Greensward replacement – as if repurposing existing green spaces will justify destroying others, as if all the stories that have made the park so personal to so many are worth no ...

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Memphasis > Open To Progress

March 31st, 2016

WE CANNOT REMAIN STILL. When the news of the assassination broke on April 4, 1968, I ran to the dorm phone to call home to find out what in my world was going on, if my city was on fire, my family safe. All the lines to Memphis were busy, the answers would have to wait. The world still has questions for Memphis because Memphis is now one of the few places in the world ...

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