Ranting

Memphasis > Coming Home

September 8th, 2011

MEMPHIS FROM THE BEACH. As you read this, I’m probably on the beach, keeping the sand out of my beer and helping my dogs stare at the ocean. It’s a big ocean – big enough to help you forget whatever you were so worried about a couple of days ago. Staring at it properly is a big job – big enough that making sure you don’t miss the next dolphin ...

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Memphasis > A Lot To Learn

September 1st, 2011

TEACHER AND JUDGE. There were cliques. Kids with more money and better clothes vs. kids with more need and better street cred. Kids with chips on their shoulders and bullies who like to fight. Smarter kids and smart-ass kids. Kids who always raise their hands and kids who always raise hell. Cool kids and those in their shade. Phonies and their toadies.Without a strong ...

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Memphasis > Stages

August 25th, 2011

LIVE APPLAUSE. All are in the cast, all responsible for the experience, and all of us have a lot to show for it. The lines may be drawn on a two-by-four to guide a saw instead of spoken on stage to guide an audience. The song might be whistled to accompany a hammer instead of sung to accompany a chorus. Equal parts sewing needles and director needling. Equal props for ...

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Memphasis > Coal. Ice. And Coca-Cola.

August 18th, 2011

THE POWER OF VISION. Many families have a story about opportunities missed, fortunes lost. My great uncle was in the retail coal and ice business in Memphis. Around 1907, our story goes, a woman owed him about $7,500 – a piece of change then. She couldn’t repay him according to the terms set, so she offered something she owned instead to cover the debt. He turned her down but gave ...

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Memphasis > Show Some Pride

August 11th, 2011

THE MEMPHIS STRIP SHOW.Our profile, our expression. Our individuality, our creativity. Why we look like us and not like everybody else. Take it off. Take it all off. Irresponsible developers, shortsighted politicians and insensitive chains have taken a seat right down front – right next to cynical indifference – and they’re making it rain. Desperate property owners are up ...

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