Ranting

Memphasis > 1955

August 19th, 2010

Learn. Don’t return.I swear by my Roy Rogers chuckwagon, if just one more Boomer emails me about going back to the terrific fifties, I’m going to upchuck. Then I’m going to freeze up your AC, microwave your 45’s, throw a rotary-dial phone through your flat screen, cancel your cell, and … very first thing … gag your Google.No, those little paraffin Coke ...

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Memphasis > Marking History

August 12th, 2010

Memphis. Forever and ever.Turns out Boss Crump and Ben Hooks were closer to each other than you might have thought – about 25 feet.What do two Tennessee governors and three U.S. Senators share in common with one Memphis madam? Eternity, evidently. In one place, Overton, Lee and Church aren’t parks, McKellar isn’t a lake, Snowden, Treadwell and Bolton aren’t schools, and ...

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Memphasis > Action!

August 5th, 2010

We belong in the movies.Gene Hackman has a big head.I’m not talking ego, the man really does have a head the size of a medicine ball. I know because I stood next to him one morning in Court Square chatting about the Hebe Fountain. Okay, he wasn’t actually talking to me, he was talking to the little guy on the other side of him – Tom Cruise. Maybe 5-7, depending on his shoes.

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Memphasis > Scruffy

July 29th, 2010

We’re not looking our best.Remember your momma’s advice, “If you don’t care what you look like, no one else will.” Well, we don’t seem to care very much what we look like and we haven’t for some time. George Clooney looks good with three days of stubble and Halle Berry is stop-my-heart gorgeous without makeup, but a city that doesn’t shave its ...

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Memphasis > Slice Of Memphis

July 22nd, 2010

For Pete’s sake, it’s Sam’s.Turning basic things into things Memphis is part of our story-telling alchemy. Some mixture of food, drink and funky has to be involved in the telling, and the telling should take a while. Sometimes the stage itself may be the story.For instance, Italian food is basic, but Pete & Sam’s is basic to Memphis.It’s early evening in Rome and ...

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