Ranting

Memphasis > Personal Hook

January 5th, 2012

CAUGHT FOR LIFE. At five o’clock on a Sunday morning in 1969 the phone in the frat house rang. When a phone rings at that time on that day in a frat house, it’s a wrong number, bad news, or somebody calling for bail money. This call was for me. “Dan?” said the voice. “This is Andy Holt.” Andy Holt. A voice equal parts molasses and ...

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Memphasis > A New View

December 29th, 2011

NEW YEAR INDEED. As 2012 dawns, we’ll be able to see a number of things in a positive, new light – if only we’ll allow ourselves to look at it that way. A Downtown icon that almost became a parking lot is now writing a new song, and praise will be offered in brand-new ways for architect Francis Gassner’s seminal and long-neglected C&I Bank ...

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Memphasis > Ghosts Of Christmas Past, Revisited

December 22nd, 2011

CHRISTMAS TIME It was my first time to England, first time overseas, and prime time for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Soho and the rocking HQ for the whole British invasion. It was time to discover pubs, and Scotch eggs, bubble & squeak and spotted dick. Time to discover that bitter, served warm, is twice as strong as our brew, that a British pint holds 20 oz.

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Memphasis > Wrap This

December 15th, 2011

AW, YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE. REALLY. Last week, I suggested we all look around for very merry Memphis things to give family and friends this year. I would be remiss if I didn’t also recognize a few of those folks who’ve been giving it to us, good and proper, all year long. A couple of reindeer from Collierville thought we were so special that they pushed and ...

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Memphasis > This Year, Give A City

December 8th, 2011

GIVE MEMPHIS TO SOMEBODY YOU LOVE. Put a polar bear and a panda under the tree. But walk them first. You really don’t want all that on the living room rug. Do this yourself, don’t ask Santa. Polar bears make reindeer skittish. Give a Memphis Zoo membership, truly one of the world’s great zoos and a great deal. But a little advice – take a ...

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