Ranting

Memphasis > Attaboy, Jimmy.

May 3rd, 2012

AND STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING. Last week, Peter Pan was laid to rest. They came from allover Memphis, his Never Never Land and reality for everybody else, to overflow Midtown’s majestic Idlewild Presbyterian Church. They came by the hundreds, each with a hundred stories, a thousand memories, a million laughs. They came from having lived different lives than his, ...

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Memphasis > Monkey Business

April 26th, 2012

EVOLVING RESPONSE. The anachronistic Tennessee Legislature has awarded creationism equal scientific weight to evolution and declared that the prevailing religious belief of that body be offered as viable explanation to our school children for the order, formation and timing of the universe. Scientific method, empirical data, the conflicting doctrines of other world ...

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Memphasis > Devolution

April 19th, 2012

LEGISLATURE VOTES TO DEVOLVE. Dateline: Nashville, 2012, 1925 or 1869, your choice. The Tennessee legislature has officially gone bananas and passed the Monkey Bill, allowing any student who disagrees with the findings of modern science to reject those findings and howl about it from the treetops with impunity. The debate lasted six days, and on the seventh they ...

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Memphasis > Genuine Gumbo

April 12th, 2012

IT TAKES OKRA. This Sunday, April 15, Mike Warr has asked me to help judge the gumbo cookoff at the City Auto Rajun Cajun Crawfish Festival, the annual mudbug throwdown to benefit Porter-Leath. Mike started this party when he was at the helm of Captain Bilbo’s 23 years ago, initially ordering 600 pounds of crawfish. Now he heads Porter-Leath, and this year some ...

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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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