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Memphasis > Dead Reckoning

April 5th, 2012

GHOST OF A RIVER. Jimmy Ogle is a Memphis history savant. He knows things about people and places around here that even those people didn’t know in the first place. Going somewhere with Jimmy is a trip. The other day, Jimmy navigated and I handled my car’s tiller across a 30-mile-wide lake – on dry land. I plowed upstream in the main channel of the ...

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Memphasis > Statuesque

March 29th, 2012

STANDING FOR HISTORY. She’s tall and proud, sole representative of an all-but-forgotten people, standing alone where hundreds once lived in a village, where thousands once thrived in a nation. She nobly bears the weight of the loss of all of that, wrapped in skins against the lonely chill of that, and in images of all that has come to pass since her time. Silently ...

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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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