Swimming in the Mississippi ... On Purpose 

"Don't tell anybody about this."

The speaker was Memphian John Gary, and the "this" he was wanting me to keep secret is the Mississippi River. Yes, I know, you're Memphians. You know about the Mississippi. It's that wide, brown, roiling chunk of dangerous, dirty water that flows past downtown and sometimes floods Arkansas ...

Read Bruce VanWyngarden's column on the Mississippi.

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