This Reading Life: Reader recommendations
Aug01

This Reading Life: Reader recommendations

My name is Corey and I read fiction. I have been putting my email address at the end of my columns, here in our lovely community newsletter, asking anyone to talk to me (I’m so lonely!). It was most gratifying this month to get a response to the column from someone who genuinely wanted to talk books and writers, a kind soul named Robert Humphreys. He said this nice thing: “Thanks for bringing something fresh to the paper. I found...

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Corey Mesler: Life’s too short to read bad books
Jun27

Corey Mesler: Life’s too short to read bad books

My name is Corey and I am a reader of fiction. In my previous column here I invited a conversation about books, about what you’re reading and why. About why we pick the books we do when, in picking one, we are excluding multitudes of others. Every choice means opting out of a million “other paths.” Which leads me to agree with Borges: heaven must be an endless library. And this: I own more books than I have time left to read. This is...

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When politicians control schools, be careful what you wish for

By Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell For the first time in more than 140 years, all the reins of government in Tennessee are controlled by a single party. The Republicans control both houses of the legislature and the governorship. Beyond this, they have a super majority in both houses of the legislature that renders Democratic opposition virtually moot. In this reality, Tennessee state government has put Memphis and Shelby County in their...

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Dear City Council: Enough.

An open letter to the Memphis City Council: The house I live in has been in my family since 1937. My grandparents raised their baby here, my parents first raised their baby here, and my daughter first raised her baby here. The fact is that my people helped build Cooper-Young, starting with my great uncle in 1912, and we have maintained a continuous presence in the neighborhood for over a century ─ a legacy built upon our founding of...

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Cooper-Young author plans to spin family’s tale into book

Like most of you, I never really knew much about my family’s history — certainly nothing beyond vague childhood memories of a few great grandparents. Then 20 years ago, while living in Boston, I began to fish around for any genealogical tidbits related to my birth surname Hollingsworth. When I discovered that a man named Valentine helped found the state of Pennsylvania with William Penn, I was hooked. I decided right then and there...

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Vacant Baker Brothers building sparks memories

By Aaron James As an architect, I spent 25 years creating built environments all over this half of the country, but the other day I was slapped with a stark reminder that community has little to do with buildings and everything to do with people. Thirty years ago, the building at the southwest corner of Nelson and Barksdale was bustling with people. At the time, I did not know our neighborhood had a name, but I knew that most of those...

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