Ranting

Memphasis > Diverse Learning

December 31st, 2015

HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR UNIVERSITY, OPEN OR CLOSED? The black kid across the hall came from Pearl in Nashville and had a full-ride scholarship. All I knew about Pearl was that they’d bounced Memphis Treadwell out of the gym the year before to go 31 and 0 and win the state basketball championship. So the kid must be a baller, right? The Taiwanese kid across the aisle ...

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Memphasis > Christmas Coming Home

December 24th, 2015

CHRISTMAS TIME Every Christmas I tell this story, and in the telling Christmas comes home. It was my first time to England and overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Soho. It was time to discover pubs, and Scottish eggs, bubble & squeak and spotted dick. Time to discover that bitter, served warm, is twice as strong as our brew, that a ...

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Memphasis > The truth. The whole truth. Nothing but the truth.

December 17th, 2015

THE INS AND UNS OF OUR TRUTH. Truth is the truth. It isn’t inconvenient, inconsistent or incomplete. It isn’t uncomfortable or unpleasant and certainly not untrue. But what we’ve made of the truth is all of those things. There’s a strange little corner park downtown that represents both our national and local manipulation of truth to create ...

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Memphasis > A Great Zoo. A Great Embarrassment.

December 10th, 2015

IF YOU CAN PARK A HIPPO, YOU CAN PARK AN SUV. “Finally,” the young TV reporter said, “somebody who’s happy with the zoo.” The zoo’s general manager was involved in controversy, his vision in question. The reporter found plenty of people at the zoo gate ready to feed the GM to the lions, but Nora and I were the first he talked to who ...

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Memphasis > Knee-Jerk Outbreak

December 3rd, 2015

A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS WASHINGTON, D.C. The United States government has mobilized against a clear threat to the country. Troops have been sent to identify and capture members of an ersatz government openly operating here in defiance of federal law. This group claims theirs as the only true religion, and that laws be based on it as prescribed in the tome of that ...

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