Memphis in Muck
"Memphis in May Honors Oppression": There's a headline you don't see every day, and it comes to us courtesy of Kurdish-American activist Goran Sadjadi and the Zaneti Journal, a news blog about Kurdish issues in the Middle East.
Sadjadi, who passionately writes about the Turkish government's refusal to tolerate minority culture, probably won't be relieved to discover that, in reality, the only Turkey anybody actually "honors" at Memphis in May is a barbecued leg.
In this confusing time of deep economic uncertainty, Memphians should be thankful that so many wealthy European tourists want to leave their decadent socialistic ashrams to visit our city and learn about its poor but musically rich culture. Still, that doesn't excuse some Beatlecentric revisionism that appeared last week in the U.K. edition of the Times Online. According to the TOL, "Record numbers of UK residents [made] a pilgrimage to [Memphis], dubbed the "Liverpool of America."
"The Liverpool of America? Limey, please. Memphis rocked the world when Lennon and McCartney were still in a skiffle band.
Ah, the Grizzlies: Memphis' long wished for, finally arrived, and mostly underwhelming NBA franchise. To prop up sagging ticket sales, the Griz are making hoop fans a deal that only George W. Bush could love. In exchange for the already ill-advised $600 economic stimulus checks being issued by the U.S. government (and arriving in mail boxes soon!), the Grizzlies will present fans with a pair of terrace-level season tickets and $25 worth of Grizzly bucks. Although this represents more than $1,000 in savings to the customer, everyone knows those $600 checks are supposed to be spent on drugs and gambling.