Ranting

Memphasis > The Age Of Ize

November 3rd, 2011

THE IZING OF AMERICA He stood on a board above a pool in 1936 and on a hill above Paul Newman in 1967, and both times, he nailed it. Strother Martin’s dive won the National Springboard Diving Junior Championship and entered the record book, and his immortal line from Cool Hand Luke identified our problem then and now and entered the national lexicon. “What ...

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Memphasis > Welcome To The World

October 27th, 2011

7 LBS., 3 OZ., AND A TON OF PROMISE. She looks like me. She looks like her other grandfather. And both grandmothers. And her parents. And both aunts. And a little like Buddha, a lot like Winston Churchill, and a bit like Mike Tyson. And she’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen since her daddy was born and her aunt before him. She looks like promise. Last week, ...

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Memphasis > We're Better Than This

October 20th, 2011

IS THIS OUR BEST SHOT? Evidently, after one of our state legislators falls off a barstool, another will take the stool – then take the wheel of his car. Loaded with a loaded gun. Ophelia meet Curry. If you take your group for an evening river cruise off Memphis, you can expect spectacular views of the bridges, skyline, and, quite possibly, a pole dance by a ...

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Memphasis > A Tasteful List

October 13th, 2011

A LIST YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO. Seems like everybody has a list these days, so, in recognition of the 125th anniversary of The Daily News, here’s mine – 125 things that make Memphis easy to swallow – a sort of alphabetical soup to nuts of local flavor. Friends old and new, and a few long-gone, but I can taste them still. So chew on this: #164 ...

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Memphasis > Note To Self

October 6th, 2011

WE NEED ADVICE, FROM OURSELVES. About 25 years ago, I closed up my parents’ home at the end of their lives. Wandering through the empty house and the memories, I found myself in my old room, going through my desk drawers one more time. In the back of one, way back there, I found something I’d missed – a magnifying glass with a loose handle. Curious, I pulled ...

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