Bearden, Again: An Amateur Anthropologist Looks at Anthropologie
Published 8/28/2013 at 1:29 p.m. 0 comments
At one point it seemed to be happening. After a great effort, the new greenway went in along Sutherland Avenue. It was called, officially, the Bearden Village Greenway.
Notes on the Otherworldly: Of Cinematic Ghostbusters' Knoxville Visit, and the Chili Man Called Christ
Published 8/21/2013 at 11:28 a.m. 0 comments
There’s a new movie out called The Conjuring. For a spooks flick, it’s gotten very good reviews.
St. John's vs. Downtown: Bad Gardening, or Punk Art? The Demolition of the Walnut Street Buildings
Published 8/14/2013 at 10:47 a.m. 6 comments
n late June, when preservationists chose not to take their challenge all the way to City Council, the fate of the Walnut Street buildings became, entirely, the responsibility of their owner, St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.
King of the Wild Exurbs? Another Reconsideration of Davy Crockett's "Wild Frontier"
Published 8/7/2013 at 10:50 a.m. 0 comments
But we keep debunking Parker’s portrayal, anyway, because it’s fun, I guess. Nowadays, people hear Crockett never wore a coonskin cap before they ever hear that he did
A Job Downtown: They're Much Cherished. How Come They're Getting Rarer?
Published 7/31/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 2 comments
Back in the ’80s, I took a desk job at an office park in West Knoxville as the editor of a marketing weekly. I had a baby to take care of, and bills to pay, and couldn’t afford to be ...
Two Spirits: A Couple of Good Reasons Not to Dread Old Age
Published 7/24/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 0 comments
Some people tell me they don’t want to live long, because, oh, old age is so terrible, a time of pain, incapacity, and loss. It turns out that way for a lot of people. Nancy seemed to enjoy making old ...
A Study In Stucco: The Old City’s Modern Birthplace May Be Leaving Us
Published 7/17/2013 at 3:55 p.m. 0 comments
Preservationists are having a hard time finding practical reasons to oppose the latest downtown demolition, the stucco one-story building on Central Street, near the train tracks. It’s been vacant for years and is obviously falling apart. This unassuming little building ...
Showing 'Em What We've Got: What Will 'Antiques Roadshow' Find in Knoxville This Week?
Published 7/10/2013 at 10:46 a.m. 0 comments
For antique collectors, certainly, and in fact for art collectors, historians, and curators of various sorts, Antiques Roadshow is maybe just this side of the Olympics, a huge event that may be in your hometown only once in a lifetime.
A Peculiar Fourth: Some Picture From Knoxville's Most Anxious July
Published 7/3/2013 at 10:25 a.m. 1 comment
“There’s No Danger,” went a column directed at patrons of Knoxville businesses.
The Ghost Mural: Is the Strange Image on a Warehouse on West Jackson the Work of Peter Max?
Published 6/26/2013 at 11:13 a.m. 2 comments
It might seem far-fetched that Peter Max would have a mural on an old warehouse in Knoxville, Tenn. But then again, maybe not. He was once, if briefly, a neighbor.
Pryor Brown: Can a Parking Garage Be Historic?
Published 6/18/2013 at 4:42 p.m. 0 comments
Only one historic building has been demolished downtown in this century. Three more proposed demolitions of intact pre-war buildings have come to the fore in the last few days. Up this week, before the Downtown Design Review Board, is the ...
Joe Evans at the Last Chance: One or Two Pieces in the Puzzle of an Obscure Blues Duo
Published 6/12/2013 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
In 1991, Document Records released a 20-side compilation of the 1927 and 1931 recordings of an unusual country-blues group called The Two Poor Boys. Their real names were Joe Evans and Arthur McClain.
No One Ever Reaches There: To Some Desperate Escapees 150 Years Ago, Knoxville Was Oz
Published 6/5/2013 at 12:57 p.m. 0 comments
Just when you think you’ve heard all the interesting Civil War stories concerning Knoxville, here comes another.
Deconstructing Ben Atchley Street: Hatter Road, and the Origins of Homberg Drive
Updated 6/4/2013 at 4:21 p.m. 0 comments
Bearden’s Ben Atchley Street controversy presented me with a learning curve. I’ve been tarrying in that quarter, shopping or dining, at least a couple times a month since Lyndon Johnson was president. But even after that long acquaintance, I wasn’t ...
Turning the Corner: Is Knoxville Finally Learning How to Try?
Published 5/22/2013 at 3:23 p.m. 8 comments
In the city I grew up in, the motto was “That’ll do.” Anybody who tried to achieve something that stood out for its quality or individuality, whether it was a building or a plate of food, was just putting on ...