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December 29th, 2017 - 7:56 pm § in Memphis, Memphis BBQ

What Leonard’s Pork Volcano Taught Us About Being “Memphis Famous”

It was about 1:00 pm on a Tuesday when we visited Leonard’s Pit Barbecue, and we were reeling from another late night in Memphis’ dive bar scene. That’s only worth mentioning because Leonard’s closes at 2:30 pm on Tuesdays. When you’ve been in business for 90+ years, you get to set your own hours. It’s one of the perks of success.


November 22nd, 2017 - 12:37 pm § in Near South

The Call or: How Henry Harrison Made Us Remember Elvis as a Man, Not a King

Henry Harrison, owner of The International Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame Museum, wants you to know Elvis, Carl, and Johnny as people, not as mythic titans of music and history.


September 5th, 2017 - 10:16 pm § in Miami

Welcoming the End of Endless Summer With a Pair of Hot Dogs at Dogma Grill (Miami, FL)

Miami’s Upper Eastside is full of proof that “endless summer” is a false ideal to chase. Summer does end, but it also comes back, sometimes in a new shape and form.


March 5th, 2017 - 12:40 pm § in American Travel, Kentucky BBQ, Near South

Manic Kentucky Barbecue Adventures: A Fiery Welcome to Roy’s Bar-B-Que in Russellville, KY

It was well past sundown when the Ford Ranger rolled up to us in the shadows behind Roy’s. All the employees were long gone, and we definitely weren’t supposed to be there. The headlights turned off as the truck crawled closer, like a predator stalking its prey.


February 20th, 2017 - 10:10 am § in Canada, Newfoundland

What the Hell is in Western Newfoundland? A Manic American Photo Essay.

Can you find Newfoundland on a map? Did you know that it has its own time zone?


January 24th, 2017 - 7:17 pm § in Miami

14 Photos: Women’s March, State Troopers Stop Traffic on I-395 in Miami, FL

At a time when working together for the common good seems impossible, The Government and The People found common ground on a highway in Miami.


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

The Long, Dark Road To Palestine, AR

Like any good preacher will tell you, there’s a long line of people waiting for salvation, and on this road many of them drive tractor-trailers. So you wait, and the waiting makes you see where you really are.