Ranting

Memphasis > Character Stacks Up

March 24th, 2011

STACKED AGAINST GIANTSA few weeks ago, I wrote a column about the 40th anniversary of the Overton Park/I-40 decision, a uniquely Memphis accomplishment by unique Memphians. Since then, many of you have told me stories about your involvement and/or the involvement of those you knew. I'd like to share one. It comes from a good friend, David Sims, a Memphian who now lives in Wilmington, North ...

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Memphasis > Paradise Found

March 17th, 2011

A BRIGHT BLUE NIGHTJust about any weekend anybody in the Gant button-down crowd could catch a concert at the Coliseum or Ellis Auditorium, crash a party at Clearpool, or hear a great band in a gym somewhere in Weejun town. This was Memphis in the early '60s. You could see Elvis at a stoplight, Jerry Lee in a restaurant, and listen to Wooly Bully on the radio waiting in line for auto ...

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Memphasis > No Time For A Cuckoo Clock

March 10th, 2011

TIME FOR A RENAISSANCEOne of my favorite movies is the 1949 classic "The Third Man," written by the incomparable Graham Greene and starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Trevor Howard. Is it my imagination, or was Trevor Howard in every movie made for 20 years that needed a hardnosed Brit? Anyway, the movie is about a divided melting pot of a city and those who would keep it that way ...

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Memphasis > Not Through Here

March 3rd, 2011

NATIONAL STOP SIGNHe'd been down there all alone for hours, his flashlight bouncing off the vaulted ceiling and green-tinted walls far beneath the city, following the course of the old Gayoso Bayou now captured in a gigantic storm drain. You think about history down there. And battery life. You see things few have seen. And you see "no signal" on your cell phone. You realize that no ...

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Memphasis > Exploring The Cutoffs

February 24th, 2011

SEE WHAT YOU CAN CATCHWhen the river determined its own course, before it got its manmade shoulders, before spring disaster and all-year fear made us try to tame it, it went where it wanted and – like the biggest bully in the schoolyard, the meanest drunk in the bar – directed its fury against those who talked back.Think of it as original eminent domain.When the river decided to ...

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