Ranting

Memphasis > Christmas Coming Home

December 19th, 2013

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 > Here’s To Memphis Made

December 12th, 2013

THIS SEASON, RAISE A GLASS TO US. “Have a beer. When you can find something we can all agree on, something we can all be proud of, something unifying, you should drink to it. Seriously. Drink to it.” I wrote those words in a column three years ago. I thought I was writing about America’s oldest brewery, Yuengling, coming to town to put new hops in the ...

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Memphasis > Tiny Bag To Big Box

December 5th, 2013

ONE SCREW. ONE CENT. ONCE UPON A TIME. Saturday at 491 South Highland. That meant, if you couldn’t get out the door and out of earshot fast enough, you’d be working for Dad. “I need a #2 this or that,” he’d say – staring at the repurposed wooden Philadelphia Cream Cheese box in his hand that no longer held cream cheese and, ...

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Memphasis > Ginkgos and Band-Aids. Again.

November 28th, 2013

LOOK FOR THE WONDER. REPEAT. I wrote about this last year. This year, just last week, it happened again. Right outside my window is a ginkgo tree, and another on the other side of the house. Every fall they engage in an ancient mating dance, a spectacular competition for attention. So exhausting is the effort, it doesn’t last long. So intense is the result, ...

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Memphasis > Our Kind Of Street

November 21st, 2013

A DIFFERENT KIND OF ADDRESS. The sticker on the door of Elwood’s Shack – sort of on Summer and sort of in Lowe’s parking lot – said “Summer Ave. is my Poplar.” When I was about three, the very first one in the world opened. And changed the way the world traveled. The very first one had a phone and a TV in every room when others had ...

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