"Birdman" takes lead in Best Picture Battle


This weekend produced two guild stunners that shook up the Oscar race in a big way. We all thought after Best Picture wins from many critics groups and the Golden Globes, “Boyhood” would easily stroll its way to victory. Or so we thought. The Producers and Actors guilds had different plans, Read more

The Bachelor 2015: Episode 3 (Costco is for Lovers)


Alternate Titles: Chris kissed me and all I got was this lousy t-shirt; or, Jillian's little black box; or, Big time players make big time plays, and in this case the big time player is Jade. Dear Friends Who Watched Farmer Chris Kiss Everyone on Television Last Night, I must confess Read more

Fatherhood, Faith, and Film


My son, John (Jack) Joseph Williams III, was born on October 10, 2014. If you visit my social media page or run into me, it's clear how much I love Jack. And most times, you'll find me quickly veering away from my usual favorite topics of discussion (politics, film, Read more

My Problem with Maroon 5’s New Video for “Sugar”


Earlier this week, Maroon 5 released their video for Sugar, a catchy, hook-filled, bubble-gum pop of a song. Just to clarify, no shame here, I think it’s pretty good. Whatever. The video shows Adam Levine and the boys crashing weddings and playing the song at the receptions. They have their Read more

A Lego Movie-less Reaction to the 2015 Oscar Nominations


For a full list of nominees, go here. Alex: No "Lego Movie"? I mean, seriously Academy. No "Lego Movie"? It was the snub of the morning we certainly didn’t see coming. Sure, things like “Nightcrawler’s” Jake Gyllenhaal getting the boot in favor of “American Sniper’s” Bradley Cooper were a surprise. We’re used Read more

The Bachelor 2015: Episode 2 (War on Drugs)


Alternate titles: $500 to the first person who figures out Chris’ taste in women; or, “Chris, this is your life, there are no rules.” –Chris Harrison; or, Chris Soules will kiss you whether you like it or not. Bachelor watchers and watchettes, Before we get started today, let’s have a brief moment Read more

Guest Spots

Memphis Memories: Jason Hood Discusses His Favorite Memphis Eats

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The Wise Guise was honored to interview Jason Hood awhile back about his latest book. As he prepares to leave Memphis, he’s returning to The Wise Guise to share some of his favorite things about his time in Memphis. Today, he tackles what many would argue is the best part of Memphis – the food!

As I prepare to move with my family to Africa, The Wise Guise have graciously allowed me to do some posts on Memphis memories.

We’ll start with food.

Memphis was a wonderful place to get fat. Read more

The Brothers’ Brew: A WISEACRE Beer Odyssey

Posted on by Katherine Newsom in Assorted Wisdom, Featured, Guest Spots, Misc. Posts | Leave a comment

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Brothers Davin and Kellan Bartosch have traveled the world –literally- pursuing a dream. That dream was to craft amazing beer in the place where their story began. WISEACRE Brewery is the crown jewel of the up and coming Broad Avenue (2783 Broad Ave Memphis TN 38112)  and is sure to make Memphis a stop on every beer connoisseurs’ map.

Their current offerings include the Ananda, an IPA, and Tiny Bomb, a Pilsner. I personally resort to eeny-meeny-miny-mo when deciding and when you try them, you’ll understand why. As if the decision wasn’t hard enough, the brothers are working hard to cook up ideas for future tasty libations- stay tuned!

I picked Kellan’s brain to learn more about the brothers’ story as well as a few other fun tidbits. Check it out to get some education, but experience is the best teacher. The taproom is open Thursday and Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 and Saturday from 1:00 to 8:00. Grab some friends, grab some brews and take advantage of their amazing patio. But don’t forget to grab your plastic- it’s a no cash bar! Read more

Everyone Thinks I’m a Racist (And Why That’s OK with Me)

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The Wise Guise is honored to have Josh Sigler (a loyal reader and friend) join us today with a guest post. Josh attends the University of Alabama and is writing about the big sorority segregation story that has broken into national news this week.

He writes, “Since the article was released, we have discussed it at length in every single one of my classes and in every class, the attitude has been the same: WE ARE FED UP.  I can’t tell you how many people I’ve heard say something like, “I don’t care what they call us, as long as some good comes of it all!” I know the rest of the nation probably won’t believe me, but this campus is ALIVE today. 50 years later and this new generation is ready to do whatever it takes to replace the old and build a new campus that seeks justice and embraces freedom and equality for all.”

If you want to read the entire piece, click below! We’re honored to feature it on our site today.

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You’re Alone, I’m Alone, Let’s Celebrate… ALONE!

Posted on by Katherine Newsom in Featured, Guest Spots, Misc. Posts | 1 Comment

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[Author’s Note: As a professional single person, I thought it would be fun to start an occasional series focused around various aspects of riding solo. Before we delve into this, let it be known that I am in no way a lonely, sad person and most of this will be written in jest. So let’s have some fun, shall we?]

While meandering along the tranquil interstates during the Zen-inducing Memphis rush hour, a voice – well, three voices – enlightened my ears to a week of celebration previously unknown.

National Cancer Awareness Week? No. National Educators Week? Nope. National Read a Road Map Week? Nu uh.

The celebration focuses on embracing the wonders of aloneness: National Singles Week. Read more

My Tour of the Best of Memphis: Making the Most of Memphis Most

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Every year The Commercial Appeal releases a list, the best that Memphis has to offer—staple institutions in Memphis. These institutions, selected by the readers of Memphis’ most historic newspaper, are the quintessential establishments that continue to make Memphis proud, year and year again. They will forever be recorded as victors in the annual Memphis Most.

If one is a true Memphian, they will frequent these locations; not because they are on some list, but because they truly are the best of the best in Memphis. However, there are so many wonderful restaurants, museums, clubs, and stores that sometimes you may miss one or two. I spent the last two weeks trying to surround myself in winners from The Commercial Appeal’s Memphis Most. Here are a few of my favorites. Read more

Been Spending Most My Life Living in a Biker’s Paradise

Posted on by Grant Oster in Assorted Wisdom, Featured, Guest Spots, Misc. Posts, Other Sports, Sports | 1 Comment

Today, Grant Oster writes his first piece for The Wise Guise. We hope this will be the first of many more to come. We’re happy to let Grant introduce himself to you before getting to his first piece about cycling culture in the Bluff City: I see myself as a lover of history, writing, and the stock market. From time to time, I try to step back and enjoy the simple things in life. I mean, I have an iPhone—let’s not be ridiculous. I don’t sing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” during the winter holiday, but at the season opener for Memphis Tigers Basketball.  Like most Memphians, I believe that BBQ is not just food, but art—an art which should be enjoyed often. 

When I turned sixteen, I was in no rush to get my driver’s license. In fact, the only reason I got my driver’s license was because I needed a state issued identification to take my ACT. I had no need for a driver’s license—I had a bicycle! And if you’ve taken note over the last several years, so have a lot of Memphians. Whether you attribute the increase of cyclists to the price of gasoline, with averages that rose above $4.00 a gallon in 2008, or possibly the optimist in you believes that Memphians, as a united people, wanted to become healthier—either way, Memphis has become a bicyclist’s paradise.

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