Kubrick and Agee Walk Into a Bar
Published 2/27/2013 at 2:57 p.m. 1 comment
In my column about filmmaking, to emphasize the unusualness of the fact that James Agee is still regarded as relevant to current cinema, 58 years after his death, I stretched one point. I stated that James Agee died before he ...
The Next Hollywood: An Oscar-Night Companion to Knoxville's Latest Claims
Published 2/20/2013 at 11:44 a.m. 0 comments
Is Knoxville the fourth biggest video-production city in America? We’ve been saying that, and I don’t hear rivals for that title complaining.
Rachmaninoff's Last Bow: The Reason Knoxville's Home to the World's Only Statue of a Russian Composer
Published 2/13/2013 at 10:58 a.m. 0 comments
Most folks, even people who live and work nearby, don’t know he’s here. He stands alone in a contemplative spot in a copse of trees where curious walkers find him.
The Mark of Samuel Bell: Our Most Famous Silversmith's Better Known in Texas
Published 2/6/2013 at 3:24 p.m. 0 comments
Come July, our favorite reality-television program, Antiques Roadshow, is on its way to Knoxville.
City Guns and Country Guns: One of the Clearest Examples of the Political/Geographical Divide
Published 1/30/2013 at 10:30 a.m. 1 comment
The gun debate may be the crispest demonstration of America’s city-country split. Our political divide is starkly geographical, in a way that’s true on a micro level in Knox County, precinct by precinct, and on a national level, state by ...
The Medical Arts and Architecture: Rehab of Main Street Landmark, Its Architect, and the End of an Era
Published 1/23/2013 at 10:59 a.m. 2 comments
Downtown’s residential wave is finally lapping at Main Street. The Medical Arts Building—that tall, beatific jazz-age tower underused and underappreciated for years—is getting rehabbed, and that’s good news.
Light Rail: A Weekend Visit to a Popular Phantasm
Published 1/16/2013 at 10:32 a.m. 0 comments
Our recent issue about What Knoxville Needs stirred up an old futuristic dream that won’t die. We talk about it today in the same tones we used in the ’60s when we talked about jet packs and hovercraft and computers.
Two Architects: Bruce McCarty and Charlie Richmond
Published 1/9/2013 at 9:31 a.m. 0 comments
The year’s only a few days old, but Knoxville has already lost two influential and very different architects.
In the Year 2013: Some Notes About the Coming Months
Published 1/2/2013 at 11:51 a.m. 0 comments
Finally, we’ve arrived in a gracefully nameable era. For 13 years now, those of us who are accustomed to making sense of our recent past by sorting it into decades with distinct personalities, like the ’20s or the ’50s, haven’t ...
2012: An Ode
Published 12/26/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments
A funny thing about the news: It always rhymes.
Christmastime in the City, 1912: Of Velocipedes, Bon-Bons, Grafonolas, and SPUGs
Published 12/19/2012 at 10:35 a.m. 0 comments
One century ago, a dozen different Knoxvillians might give you a dozen different ideas about what constituted a Christmas tradition. There survived a few people old enough to recall when Knoxville hardly celebrated Christmas at all. Until the ’40s—the 1840s—it ...
Knox Boox: For the Locavore Reader, a Seasonal Shopping Aid
Published 12/12/2012 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments
And there’s been a pretty extravagant variety of very local books this year. These are the ones I’ve encountered and, for one reason or another, been impressed with.
The Secret Identity of Signor Grimaldi: One Strange Story from the Holiday Season of 1877
Published 12/5/2012 at 10:07 a.m. 0 comments
That anyone named Grimaldi ever lived in 1870s Knoxville might be surprising in itself.
Victory at Fort Higley: Breaching the Ramparts with Aslan
Published 11/28/2012 at 1:22 p.m. 0 comments
Scaling the Lilliputian ramparts of Fort Higley last week, I hardly knew the place. One of the two best-preserved Civil War battlements in Knox County, the little fort’s been half-forgotten in these South Knoxville woods for the last 149 years, ...
Look Fast: Four Campus Landmarks Aren't Long for This World
Published 11/20/2012 at 11:34 a.m. 4 comments
No big fan of chain-link fences to begin with, I especially hate to see that fence go up around the Aconda Court building on Cumberland Avenue and what’s now Volunteer Boulevard, and some other historic buildings just behind it, just ...