Ranting

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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Memphasis > Mind Over Matter

February 16th, 2012

THAT’S ENOUGH.  Growing up, whenever I was doing something, saying something, or up to something for a period of time deemed sufficient by my father, he would say, “That’s enough.” Depending on how he said it, whether or not he was smiling, or, God forbid, he’d said it twice, I could determine if it was enough that ...

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Memphasis > New County Of Them

February 9th, 2012

NEW BILL CREATES EIGHT NEW COUNTIES. Continually annoyed about existing law that gets in his way, Tennessee Representative Curry Todd of Collierville has introduced a bill in the state house eliminating Memphis and Shelby County and creating eight new counties. Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris immediately agreed to sponsor the bill in the senate and gave everybody 30 ...

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Memphasis > Paraprosdokian

February 2nd, 2012

THE VOICES IN MY HEAD MAY NOT BE REAL, BUT THEY HAVE SOME GOOD IDEAS. That line, aside from being an apt description of my entire career, is a paraprosdokian – a figure of speech in which the latter part of a phrase causes the reader to re-frame the first part. The comedian Steven Wright makes a living off these things, and you probably have some living in your ...

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Memphasis > Fight Fair

January 26th, 2012

OKAY, PEOPLE, BREAK IT UP. Are you ready to rumble? If Terry Roland and the whole County Commission really do get into it, is it even possible they could get hit hard enough to knock some sense into the whole body? In this corner, self-service. In that one, public service. Over here, public civility. Over there, public spectacle. Progress against same-old, same-old.

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