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January 15th, 2017 - 1:03 pm § in Deep South

The Long, Dark Road To Palestine, AR

It had been raining heavily for some time before we reached the DeSoto Bridge, and when we did there was little visibility and even less traction on our tires. It was the kind of storm that makes you grip the wheel tight, follow the car in front of you, and hope you don’t skid into the river below. Adding to the fun was the sedan with no headlights directly behind us, tailing our car like a shark following a lifeboat. With hazards all around, the drive was less a matter of safety than one of survival.


November 13th, 2016 - 10:06 am § in Near South

Culture Where You Least Expect It: Urban Planning Lessons from the MALL of Cookeville, TN

We see the MALL of Cookeville, TN as an authentic, local reinvention of a place that the corporate world forgot. Perhaps it can offer urban planning lessons to other communities stuck with abandoned big boxes.


August 7th, 2016 - 9:41 am § in American Barbecue

Watching COPS and Talking 9/11 at Mac’s Bar-B-Que (Jackson, TN)

Not every barbecue story is about smoke, meat, and tradition. This one is about the man behind Mac’s Bar-B-Que in Jackson, TN.


July 3rd, 2016 - 6:51 pm § in Memphis, Music

Memphis Punk Rock Fest 2016: No Sponsors, All Risk

Night 2 of Memphis Punk Rock Fest 4 featured ten bands, one smoker, and a community coming together, not once, but twice to support its own.


May 27th, 2016 - 12:59 am § in Kentucky BBQ

Ghost Pit Tour: Mr. BBQ & More (Grand Rivers, KY)

We didn’t make it to Cy Quarles’ Mr. BBQ & More before it closed for good, but we did find the chance to practice some barbecue anthropology.


April 30th, 2016 - 2:29 pm § in Memphis, Photo Essays

Our “Memphis” Portfolio, Spring 2016 Edition

"Memphis" is an evolving portrait of an American city’s people, places, creative energy, and how each shapes the others over time.


March 19th, 2016 - 3:09 pm § in New Brunswick

Burger as Memory: Grease-Fueled Recollections of Murray Beach, N.B.

I often read that food is love, but it’s also memory. Such is the case with the burger shack of Murray Beach, New Brunswick, in the Canadian Maritimes.