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Brooks Clark

About Brooks Clark


Brooks Clark was born in Nashville and grew up in Washington, D.C.  He was a writer-reporter at Sports Illustrated in New York for 10 years and an editor at Whittle Communications for five. He has written for Metro Pulse since 1993. Visit his Grammar Tip of the Day blog at
Brooks Clark

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Recent Work

  • Moonshine Myths: So Who Was That 'Mountain Boy' From 'Thunder Road'? Published 04/09/2014 at 9:56 a.m. 2 Comments

    “The Ballad of Thunder Road” was written and recorded by Robert Mitchum in 1958 to go along with the movie he wrote and starred in. Backed by a twanging guitar, Mitchum sings of “the mountain boy” running moonshine and trying ...

  • Hodges Turns 120 Published 03/15/2012 at 11:24 a.m.

    This Ides of March brings a special anniversary to the University of Tennessee: the 120th birthday of Dr. John C. Hodges, longtime head of the English department, who would be counted among the most influential scholars in UT’s history even ...

  • How the 'Harbrace Handbook of English' Changed the Way Americans Learn About Writing Published 06/15/2011 at 10:56 a.m. 4 Comments

    This year is the 70th birthday of the Harbrace Handbook of English. It will go unnoticed by most—but it’s an anniversary with a lot of significance for the University of Tennessee: Harbrace is the best-selling college textbook of all time, ...

  • Derek Dooley: Can He Make the Vols Win Big by Thinking Small? Published 09/01/2010 at 2:20 p.m. 1 Comment

    Derek Dooley is focusing on the details of how to win football games, details that he learned in seven years as sorcerer Nick Saban’s apprentice. He is working to establish a disciplined culture. And he hired former Vol and Redskin ...

  • Despite the Behind-the-Scenes Drama, the UT Men's Hoops Team Rallies Together Published 03/03/2010 at 11:58 a.m.

    The University of Tennessee’s athletic program has certainly seen its share of controversy in the past several months, with various arrests and sudden estrangements. And with the dismissal of star player Tyler Smith, it looked to be a grim season ...

  • Runnin' and Gunnin': Can New Coach Bruce Pearl Lead the Vols out of the Wilderness? Published 11/10/2005 at midnight

    The tale of Tennessee basketball has become a Biblical epic, with each chapter telling a different tale of human failing and foible—and at its root a massive inferiority complex to the Kentucky and North Carolina programs on our northern and ...