Ranting

Memphasis > Sam's Slice Of Memphis

March 22nd, 2012

FOR PETE’S SAKE, IT’S SAM’S. And it always will be. Turning basic things into things Memphis is part of our story-telling alchemy. Some mixture of food, drink and funky has to be involved in the telling, and the telling should take a while. Sometimes the stage itself may be the story. For instance, Italian food is basic, but Pete & Sam’s ...

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Memphasis > It's Not Helpful

March 15th, 2012

IF YOU WANT TO HELP, STOP. My high school classmate, Donna Davis, and I are doing an intervention. We’re asking our other classmates, and yours, to stop sending helpful, lifesaving email. Tell us what you’ve been up to…briefly…maybe even something…a little something…about your children/grandchildren or your plastic/heart/knee/hip ...

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Memphasis > In A Word

March 8th, 2012

A WORD ABOUT MEMPHIS. THREE, IN FACT. I’m paraphrasing a bit, but this was the gist of what they were asked: What matters most to our city’s future? What do we promote to bring your friends here? What do we creatively energize to become a talent magnet? The Daily News is kind enough to give me 500 words each week to rattle on about the this and ...

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Memphasis > A New View

March 1st, 2012

A NEW WAY OF SEEING THINGS. New Orleans is the city that throws the country’s biggest party about this time of year, putting on the biggest show in return for a few colorful beads and trinkets since the Indians gave away Manhattan. It is also the city so much larger than life that Katrina couldn’t drown it, the subsequent loss of virtually every support ...

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Memphasis > God's Sausage

February 23rd, 2012

GOD’S SAUSAGE. “You might just be a copywriter,” Brick Muller said, staring down at the piece of paper I’d just handed him. On it was an ad idea I’d just pounded out on the 1948 Royal typewriter he was paying me to use as a copywriter. The fact that this was his first recognition that I might be one was gratifying since I’d already been ...

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