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New Plan for Commercial Appeal To Be Unveiled Wednesday

Gannett Co., Inc. will unveil a new plan for its Tennessee newsrooms Wednesday in a town hall meeting with employees...

Notes on “Grit and Grind: Burned in a Pale Fire”

"Dead is the mandible, alive the song." Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire Author's Note: This is a weird one. It probably...

NEW UPDATE (More Names Added): More Layoffs Hit The Commercial Appeal

NEW UPDATE: New names of those laid off at The Commercial Appeal have surfaced. Here they are:   Also included...

Tubby Smith: "Learning Experience"

University of Memphis basketball coach Tubby Smith met with local media Tuesday afternoon to tie a bow on the 2016-17...

City Wants Input on Road Projects, Bike Lanes

The City of Memphis Division of Engineering has plans to repave ten city roads, including Riverside Drive, once again adding...

The Grizzlies' Bad Springtime Trip

I thought it was the Jeff Green trade. I figured it was because his total space-cadet lack of awareness on...

Beyond the Arc Podcast #74: Good Gasol/Bad Gasol

This week on the show, Kevin and Phil talk about: The Grizzlies' bummer of a road trip The difference in...

Pedaltown Bicycle Co. Headed to Broad

A “simple and unintimidating” bike shop is headed to Broad Avenue. Clark Butcher, owner of Victory Bicycle Studio, will soon...

BBB Warns of Several Questionable Businesses Owned by the Same Person

The Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South (BBB) has released a consumer alert warning potential consumers about dozens of business...

Music Video Monday: MonoNeon & A Weirdo From Memphis

And now, Music Video Monday brings you a new Weirdo. I know what you're saying. "If there's one thing Memphis...

Redbirds XX: 20 Years of Memphis Baseball

The Memphis Redbirds’ 20th season begins (unofficially) this Thursday, when the St. Louis Cardinals visit for an exhibition game at...

Undocumented Students in Tennessee Win Small Victory on the Hill

One hundred and fifty undocumented high school students and educators, including 30 from Memphis, headed to the Capitol in Nashville...

Pence Cancels Memphis Visit

Vice Presidents Mike Pence, who was scheduled to attend NCAA South Regional games at the FedEx Forum has cancelled his...

Federal Funding Cuts Could be Bad for Local Meals on Wheels

Steamed vegetables, grilled chicken, a whole wheat roll, with a side of jello and two percent milk. That’s just one...

MAF Has a New Meaning: Memphis Ass Farm

Sometimes captioning goes wrong. Sometimes a line like, "Hotter than Memphis Asphalt," becomes, "Hotter than Memphis Ass Farm." Okay, that...

Commissioner Roland Fires Back at Sen. Alexander on Wind Power

Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland said Sen. Lamar Alexander “put his own agenda ahead of what’s best for West Tennessee”...

Nashville Changes Fred Douglass Park to Frederick Douglass Park. Finally.

When it comes to honoring African-American heroes, Memphis has had its own awkward moments as witnessed by text on the...

Alexander to TVA: Don't Buy Wind Power

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander urged Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board members on Wednesday not to buy electricity from a proposed...

Hattiloo Announces Season 12: August Wilson, Lynn Nottage, Soul Train...

Hattiloo's twelfth season opens with a Pulitzer Prize winner and climaxes with a musical version of A Raisin in the...

Memphis Theological Seminary Stands with Refugees

The Memphis Theological Seminary is calling for solidarity with their undocumented and refugee brothers and sisters. In an official statement...

Memoir chronicles the life and times and music of Jim Dickinson

As a tourist on the Dickinson Delta Musical Expedition, the decision of where to stop on your journey will be...

Vino Italiano

The long-maligned Chianti is making a comeback. The subject of Italian wines always puts me back at Pete & Sam's...

Memphis Magic at SXSW

Local talent shines at Austin’s annual fest. Rolling into Austin last week for South By Southwest (SXSW) was both exotic...

Riding Shotgun on Politics

Something magical happened in our federal government last week. Huffington Post said it "will make you believe in politics again."...

Beauty and the Beast

Emma Watson romances a man-buffalo in Disney’s sumptuous live action remake Disney's 1991 production of Beauty and the Beast was...

Campus Crime

TBI findings show a decrease in sexual assault Though campus crime as a whole saw a slight uptick in 2016,...

Crosstown, Greensward, and U of M

Crosstown open pushed back, money flows to Greensward project, and U of M board meets Crosstown Concourse opening delayed The...

Fly on the Wall 1464

RIP Ron Bass "When I get ahold of you, Mr. Bass, I'm gonna take you and bury your head right...

Meatless Monday

No sausages got made in this week’s Shelby County Commission meeting. The bottom line: No Democrat and no Republican to...

Wars in Words: The Art of Propaganda” at AMUM

The Art Museum at the University of Memphis' latest exhibit has a clear agenda to distinguish between education and artful...

“A Century of Funk: Rufus Thomas at 100” at Stax

Elvis may still have the bigger brand, but nothing says Memphis like the grinning, growling, white-whiskered image of Rufus Thomas...

Opening soon: Mama Gaia and Area 51

On Saturday, the first commercial sign in decades will hang in the Sears Crosstown building. Mama Gaia, a startup organic...

Down by the Riverside

We’re (once again) planning for a new day on the Memphis riverfront. The Downtown Memphis riverfront does not suffer from...

A Secret Weapon for Your Pantry

If you're like me, you went through a balsamic vinegar phase soon after you "discovered" it. Venturing beyond its traditional...

Stay in the Woods

Hillary Clinton gave a speech last week in her father's hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. It sounded a lot like one...

Whistle-Blower’s Crime

The current inquiry into possible Trump campaign misdeeds recalls a long-gone bit of personal history. If you go on long...

Trump’s Nashville Act

Last week's visit to Tennessee by President Donald Trump amply demonstrated both the highs and the lows of the current...

Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

The attorney for the Memphis City Council says that the city will continue to push for the relocation of the...

Remembering the "Miracle Child" Robert Raiford

I remember the first time Robert Raiford tried to retire. "I don't know what your religion is like, and your...

Bathroom Bill Halted in TN Legislature

The 2017 version of Tennessee's "Bathroom Bill" may not be completely dead, but it is on life-support after failing to...

RIP Robert Raiford

Several news outlets have reported that Robert Raiford, colorful downtown icon/disco owner, has passed away. Last year, Shara Clark profiled...

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake and Me

"Why would I talk to you after all the horrible things City Paper has written about me?"
Baltimore City Paper  |  Baynard Woods  |  07-23-2014  |  Art

Why Political Cartoons Matter

Editorial cartoons have never been better, more relevant or more popular. But daily newspapers are phasing them out -- because editors don't understand them.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  09-16-2008  |  Media

Revisiting Vonnegut's Player Piano

You got to hand it to Kurt Vonnegut: he predicted the destructive power of automation over 60 years ago, a warning that is applicable today.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Lee Miller  |  10-01-2012  |  Fiction