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Coury Turczyn

Title: Editor

Recent Work

  • You Better Not Cry Published 12/22/2010 at 11:07 a.m.

    Trying to raise a child to grow up right in this dark, twisted world is no easy task for any parent. Therefore, I feel perfectly justified in threatening my son with Santa Claus’ wrath.

  • In-House Kudos: Some Scripps Awards Published 12/15/2010 at 11:48 a.m.

    Last week, the E.W. Scripps Company (our corporate overlord) announced the winners in the third-quarter Best of Scripps contest, and we picked up couple of awards in the small paper category.

  • Political Blogger Q&A: Joe Powell, Cup of Joe Powell Published 12/01/2010 at 1 p.m.

    Joe Powell: "My blog isn’t about 'one thing'—I write about what interests me, what makes me laugh, what inspires me, and hopefully my writing will bring readers back."

  • Some Knox Blogs of Interest Published 12/01/2010 at 11:50 a.m. 1 Comment

    Here are some more blogs produced in the Knoxville area that are worth checking out.

  • Food Blogger Q&A: Heather Baird, Sprinkle Bakes Published 12/01/2010 at 11:27 a.m.

    Heather Baird: "My blog is all about adding more sparkle to your baking. I hope to inspire the at-home baker and others who need a little creative fulfillment outside of their 9-5 routines."

  • Music Blogger Q&A: Nelson Gullett, A Fifty Cent Lighter and a Whiskey Buzz Published 12/01/2010 at 11:13 a.m.

    Nelson Gullett: "If there is a mission, I guess it’s simply to have fun and share music I love with others. I also want to help the artists I cover gain fans and gain exposure."

  • Drinks Blogger Q&A: Mackey, Drinking Knoxville Published 12/01/2010 at 11:06 a.m.

    Mackey: "Our group of drunkards has had a great time drinking our way through Knoxville over the years and thought it would be fun to chronicle some of our experiences via a blog. Most of our stories haven’t made it ...

  • Downtown Blogger Q&A: Alan Sims, Stuck Inside of Knoxville w/ the Urban Blues Ag’n Published 12/01/2010 at 11 a.m.

    Alan Sims: "I started my blog to fill what I perceived as a gap in available information. I really wanted to read in-depth about life in the city and I couldn’t find that type of coverage on the few blogs ...

  • Scott Miller Discusses His New Holiday EP 'Christmas Gift' Published 11/24/2010 at 11:49 a.m.

    Christmas in Knoxville: It’s typically a time of leaf blowers, long lines at Honey Baked Ham, and briskly warm ice skating on Market Square. But now it is also a time for the music of Scott Miller.

  • Boxie Pets by Rachel Travis Published 11/24/2010 at 11:20 a.m.

    Here it is: The absolutely perfect gift for anyone who loves their pets. Local artist Rachel Travis’ Boxie Pets are custom, hand-painted portraits on 4-inch square “boxes” that are an inch-and-a-half deep.

  • Reading the Future of Locally Owned Bookstores Published 11/10/2010 at 6:10 p.m. 2 Comments

    Independent book stores are an endangered species. Facing competition from chain stores,, and now e-books, locally owned booksellers around the country are worried they won’t survive the current recession. In Knoxville, we have three case studies: new-books store Carpe ...

  • From the Editor: Good-bye and Hello Published 11/10/2010 at 5:45 p.m.

    We're sad to see a valued colleague depart, but happy to announce a new hire.

  • Carpe Librum Booksellers Set to Close Published 11/03/2010 at 2:30 p.m. 6 Comments

    After nearly six years of catering to Knoxville’s book lovers, Carpe Librum Booksellers will be closing at the end of this year. Although being the city’s only independently owned outlet for new books gave it a unique niche in the ...

  • "Never Let Me Go" Offers a Bleak View of Human Nature Published 10/27/2010 at 11:18 a.m.

    If you’re ever in the mood to fixate on the futility of avoiding your inevitable doom, then boy, does Mark Romanek have the movie for you. Never Let Me Go is a somber, beautiful, and painfully slow rumination on being ...

  • "Colin" Attacks Our Zombified Culture Head-On Published 10/20/2010 at 11:45 a.m.

    As we all know, a zombie apocalypse is imminent, and there’s really no use in asking why. Some day quite soon, we’ll wake up to a world of flesh-eating former humans shuffling along urban streets in search of fresh, non-zombie ...

  • Alan Sherrod Recognized by National Endowment for the Arts Published 10/06/2010 at 12:38 p.m.

    Alan Sherrod, our fine-arts writer, has been awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment of the Arts to enter their Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera.

  • The Official Insider's Guide to Knoxville, Vol. 2 Published 09/08/2010 at 12:11 p.m.

    Knoxville: It’s a tough town. And if you don’t learn the ropes fast, you’re liable to get bruised. But don’t worry—we’re going to make life easier for you. All you have to do is read our second volume of tips, ...

  • Robert Rodriguez’s "Machete" Revisits ’70s-style Exploitation for Both Laughs and Gross-Outs Published 09/07/2010 at 5:38 p.m.

    Machete is what it is: A revenge/conspiracy/action flick laced with political satire and ’70s-style goofiness. And why not?

  • Knoxville Films Premieres 24-Hour Film Festival Published 08/18/2010 at 9:16 a.m.

    This Friday, Knoxvillians will once again witness teams of sweaty filmmakers scrambling around downtown to make short films in a short amount of time. But the competition won’t be the familiar Marble City 10-Hour Film Festival, which dissolved after five ...

  • Jay Roach Serves Up the Summer's Most Irritating Comedy in 'Dinner for Schmucks' Published 08/04/2010 at 10:02 a.m.

    Okay. So the only way to really pull this scenario off without being seriously distasteful is to make it a dark social comedy, not unlike its French inspiration, The Dinner Game by Francis Veber. Right? Turn the tables and reveal ...

  • Three is the Magic Number Published 07/21/2010 at 9:11 a.m.

    Last weekend, at the annual convention of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Metro Pulse picked up three 2010 AltWeekly Awards. These awards are especially important to us because they honor the best writing and reporting from alt weeklies across the ...

  • AC Entertainment Announces MoogFest in Asheville Published 07/14/2010 at 10:02 a.m.

    As the name indicates, MoogFest is intended as a celebration of synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog and his technological achievements in electronic music. Which brings us to the headliners for this little shindig: Thievery Corporation, Massive Attack, and MGMT.

  • 'Despicable Me' and 'Predators' Offer Hope During a Dismal Movie Summer Published 07/14/2010 at 9:50 a.m.

    More than ever before, summer movies are all about the money—and watching the interstudio combat at has become more fun than watching the movies themselves. But let us pause now amid the financial carnage to congratulate two champions of ...

  • A Conversation With George Barris, Creator of the Batmobile Published 06/30/2010 at 9:16 a.m.

    George Barris and his brother Sam pretty much invented the business of customizing cars, back in 1940s Los Angeles. Nowadays, it’s an industry unto itself, as well as mass entertainment on all too many cable TV shows. But Barris still ...

  • Janelle Monáe Goes Over the Top With Ambitious Sci-Fi R&B Concept Album 'The ArchAndroid' Published 06/23/2010 at 1:32 p.m.

    For her first full-length CD—co-produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, of all people—Janelle Monáe’s chosen to create a science-fiction concept album about robots, inspired by Fritz Lang’s silent epic Metropolis. It’s completely over the top—but in creative ways.

  • The Mysterious Case of John Mayer Published 06/09/2010 at 1:25 p.m.

    John Mayer may be our most unique living Knoxvillian who’s yet unknown by other Knoxvillians. He’s been a falcon hacker, a theme park designer, an animator, a mailman, and a comic strip artist, among many other occupations. This summer, a ...

  • In the Hollywood Lexicon, There's One Term for Supreme Success: "Bruckheimer" Published 06/02/2010 at 9:38 a.m.

    Jerry Bruckheimer wields unlimited power to make any movie he wants, and that typically means one with a big chase scene, several explosions, and a wisecracking hero. From this unremarkable aesthetic, he has captivated a nation and accumulated unimaginable wealth. ...

  • Hey Hey, My My: Knoxville Musicians, Artists, and Writers Comment on Neil Young Published 05/26/2010 at 9:13 a.m. 1 Comment

    Neil Young’s best performances can be blissful (“Like a Hurricane”) or harrowing (almost anything from Tonight’s the Night or On the Beach), and a few songs have become so deeply ingrained that they resist commentary (“Cinnamon Girl”). He’s been on ...

  • Best Restaurant: Tomato Head Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    The Tomato Head is the all-time winningest Best of Knoxville champion, scooping up multiple awards every year we’ve run the contest since 1996. And with good reason: Owners Mahasti Vafaie and Scott Partin are setting the bar for local businesses.

  • Best Yoga Studio: The Glowing Body Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    With its world-class studio, its Round-Rug concert series, and its Glowing Bowl food service, the Glowing Body yoga studio has very quickly become a community fixture, drawing the yoga faithful from all over town to the Happy Holler environs.

  • Best Ice Cream/Smoothie Shop: Marble Slab Creamery* Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    There can be no substitute—Marble Slab Creamery is the place.

  • Best Place To Tie The Knot: Gatlinburg Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    No, Gatlinburg is not in Knoxville. But we just can’t compete!

  • Best Hair Salon & Best Nail Salon: Salon Visage Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    f there’s one hair salon that put Knoxville on the beauty map, it’s Frank and Belinda Gambuzza’s Salon Visage and its ever-growing number of locations and services. Innovative without being too chi-chi, it’s the go-to salon for Knoxvillians who want ...

  • Best Use Of Lane Kiffin Memorabilia: Toilet Paper Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Oh, dear. How the once-slavish fans turn on you once you completely reject them (after one short year) in order to further a dubious career built on acting like a self-entitled dork with few actual results on the playing field.

  • Best Book Store: McKay Used Books, CDs, Movies & More Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Just try to get a parking space on a Saturday at McKay, then prepare yourself to enter the Old Media Thunderdome as combatants vie for deals on books, CDs, DVDs, and video games.

  • Best Chef: Bruce Bogartz Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    While his Southern-style flavors are huge, his restaurant location for RouXbarb is what you’d call “intimate.”

  • Best Asian: Taste Of Thai Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Taste of Thai is not fancy, chic, or expensive. But its flavors are the most sophisticated in town.

  • Best Italian: Naples Italian Restaurant Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Naples also offers the kind of Italian restaurant atmosphere that you usually only see in movies set in Italian restaurants.

  • Best Store We Wish Was From Knoxville: Mast General Store Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Surely, you think, this Knoxville institution must have occupied its Gay Street address since the turn of the century. (The previous one.) Mast General Store is as Knoxvillian as the Dogwood Arts Festival, or Market Square, or the Sunsphere.

  • Best Sushi: Nama Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    Who knew that Knoxville by way of Nama would become such an innovator in the sushi arts?

  • Best Local Website: Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    We’re going to assume you’re just being polite, voting for the site that was hosting this very same readers’ poll.

  • Best Bakery: Magpies Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    In the field of cupcake experimentation, it’s difficult to resist Magpies.

  • Best Ribs: Calhoun’s Published 05/12/2010 at 5 p.m.

    The challengers are multiplying, but Calhoun's stays on top.

  • Seva David Ball Races Against Time (and Mold) to Save the Earliest Recordings of the Moog Synthesizer Published 05/05/2010 at 2:20 p.m. 5 Comments

    In January, longtime local radio and music figure Seva David Ball embarked on his most unusual assignment as an audio professional: to rescue the earliest recordings of one his personal heroes before they disintegrated from an onslaught of mold and ...

  • Dealing With Tough Times Published 01/28/2010 at 10:22 a.m.

    Last year was lousy for the motorcycle industry. Sales took a steep plunge after the economy cratered and people started spending less and less on leisure-time activities or hobbies. Although East Tennessee is a motorcycling haven, it's not immune to ...

  • From the Editor: Comings and Goings Published 01/20/2010 at 9:51 a.m.

    It is with no small displeasure that we must announce the departure of staff writer Chris Barrett. But we're also happy to announce that Jesse Fox Mayshark is returning to the fold.

  • Support Your Local Motorcycle Shops Published 12/02/2009 at 10:12 a.m.

    For anyone who’s been paying attention to current events, the motorcycle industry has had an incredibly difficult year. According to’s compilation of motorcycle sales stats for the U.S. in the third quarter, “...motorcycle sales totaled just 434,370 so far ...

  • We Knew Him When Published 11/04/2009 at 9:52 a.m.

    We’re proud to announce that Metro Pulse theater critic Kieron Barry has been named a Norman Mailer Fellow, an award granted by the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, which was established after Mailer’s death in 2007 to recognize and assist emerging, ...

  • The Economics of Riding: Buell Motorcycles Published 10/22/2009 at 10:47 a.m.

    Riding a motorcycle is generally an escape—from your worries, from your bills, from whatever you left behind after hitting the starter button. But lately, it’s been getting harder to avoid bad news about the economic downturn and how it’s affecting ...

  • James Agee Film Festival Uncovers Obscure Titles Published 10/21/2009 at 2:53 p.m.

    We are not talking now of summer evenings. We are talking of what may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see numerous rarely screened—and rare in most other terms—films that include the words, voice, or visage of one James Agee. From ...