Magnolia: Whispers from History and Conversations for the Present

William Faulkner in Requem for a Nun said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” The quote is instructive today as the United States deals with its past on many fronts. A nation whose past includes genocide of an entire race to acquire land to establish its boundaries and enslavement of another race to […]

What Does It Take to Get Knoxville Riled? Metro Pulse?

This weekend marked the rally to support Metro Pulse and/or protest the actions of Scripps to cease its publication and layoff all its employees. Since the announcement last Wednesday passions have run high across the city and on Thursday Chris Irwin started a Facebook Page called “We Loved Metropulse!!! KNS and coporate master Scripps you […]

Ironwood Art Fair: A Cool Urban Party

Last weekend I attended an art fair/party at Ironwood Studios on Jennings Avenue, which is just a block off Broadway and just off Central – sort of between uptown and Happy Holler. The idea was simple: Open a warehouse/iron and woodworking studio to artists who want to display, add food for purchase, bands and dancers […]

City People Annual Home Tour 2013: Maplehurst Inn and Neighborhood

  If there is a single gateway drug to downtown living that many of us share, it is the City People Downtown Home Tour. According to the information published by the group, it’s been going on since 1983. My memory of the event doesn’t go back nearly so far. I had barely learned my way […]