Ranting

Memphasis > The Heartbreak Hotel

May 1st, 2014

HEARTBREAK HOTEL. ON THE EDGE OF THINGS. “They’re calling this area The Edge and it’s about to explode,” Ben said. We were looking up at The Heartbreak Hotel, a stack of bricks where traveling salesman a century ago would rest their sample cases for the night, rising three tired stories above the all-but-forgotten intersection of Monroe and ...

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Memphasis > Going South

April 24th, 2014

JACKSON. FULL CIRCLE. Fifteen years ago, I sat across a table from a guy named Tommy Ramey in a place called Nick’s in Jackson, Mississippi. Tommy said he wanted to buy my ad agency and took a swallow of some very good Cab. I took a swallow of mine and told him what that would take. We both took another swallow, he said that sounded about right, and we shook hands.

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Memphasis > Hands Up, You’re In Tennessee

April 17th, 2014

ARMED AND DANGEROUS. I got an email last week from a White Station classmate. “Aren’t you the guy who once wore a western style .22 pistol in a holster into the drug store at Poplar and Perkins? Man, were you ever ahead of your time.” Yes, Michael, I did. It was a gorgeous nine-shot .22 long-barrel revolver in a hand-tooled, well-worn black ...

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Memphasis > Feed The Imagination

April 10th, 2014

SHOPPING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. The courtyard you’re in was once stacked with wooden cases, the food trucks you see were once mule-drawn wagons waiting to load those cases, the locally-brewed beer you’re sipping the reincarnation of what filled them, the live music you hear covering the century-old echoes of the South’s once busiest brewery – the ...

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Memphasis > Where There’s Smoke

April 3rd, 2014

DON’T WAIT FOR THE FIRE TO FIND THE WATER. Neglect and denial burns in empty buildings and blighted neighborhoods, futures are hazy, moods are dark and the smoke from all of it chokes cities and sends those able to flee to greener ground at the edges, leaving behind a bitter landscape, a smoldering threat. Those fleeing, those who would neglect and deny the problem ...

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