Interview: Kelly English dishes on Grizzlies' Inspired Cuisine


Today, The Wise Guise had a chance to chat with award-winning chef and restaurateur Kelly English. If you aren’t familiar, he owns and operates one of Memphis’ favorite and most delicious restaurants, Restaurant Iris, and has recently opened a more casual yet still just as delicious spot next door Read more

On John Updike & Easter


While Joseph reflected on Good Friday last year, we urge you to enjoy this poem from John Updike and Michael Bowman's reflections so that you can let this year's celebration of Easter impact your life beyond Easter Sunday. Have a blessed week! "Seven Stanzas at Easter" by John Updike Make no Read more

Roundtable: 2014 NBA Playoffs Preview


Spring has sprung, The Masters has come and gone, so now The Wise Guise and the sports world are focused on one thing: The NHL Playoffs -- er (clears throat), excuse me... THE NBA PLAYOFFS, BABY! The Grizzly Bears have nestled into the 7 seed and will face a familiar foe in Read more

He Said, She Said Movie Review: Veronica Mars


Joseph and Palmer were supporters of the Veronica Mars movie from its KickStarter's early beginnings. Now that the movie has come out, Joseph and Palmer give their reviews of the feature length reunion of one of the first shows they watched together as a married couple. Joseph: In its first weekend Read more

Bitten by the Green-Eyed Monster


We all fall victim to the green-eyed monster. It has plagued mankind since the beginning of time. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the first reference the green-eyed monster dates back hundreds of years to Shakespeare's Othello. O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey'd Read more

My Weekend at The Masters: Bubba, History, and How It's Supposed to Be


It was clear on Saturday night how things were going to go, if you looked at Twitter, watched the Golf Channel, and listened to the pundits. On Sunday, here's how it was supposed to be… - Bubba Watson had only won 1 out of 14 tournaments that he had led Read more

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Vanity and Van Gogh

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Starry Night Vanity and Van Gogh

On my way home for lunch today, my perpetually sullen NPR lady shared the following report:

On this day in 1890, Vincent Van Gogh died, two days after shooting himself in the chest in a wheat field. He made it back to his bed, where the doctor decided not to remove the bullet. His brother, who rushed from Paris to his side, was the recipient of these final words: “The sadness will never end.” Read more

A (Hopefully) Christian Approach to Macklemore’s “Same Love”

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I know it’s only July, but I think we can call this thing since it’s all politics anyway. The song of the year will be awarded to Macklemore’s Same Love. Aside from its obvious representation of a colossal shift in culture, the merits of this work are numerous. Its tone is not angry, but hopeful. He has taken the blame for hate toward homosexuals and spread it across the country, between many likely suspects: conservatives and Christians yes, but also rappers, anonymous Internet commenters, and even grade school children. He then affirms that hate is not a necessary byproduct of religion, but of a detached ignorance common in all of humanity. Macklemore reveals that his own activism is a result of his personal relationship with an uncle who is gay.

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America Is… (An Ode to Independence Day)

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America Is…

(An Ode to Independence Day)

By Justin Poythress

America is baseball and apple pie, but so much more:

America is red, white, and blue

America is the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful

America is Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers

America is the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge

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Thoughts on the Memphis Tigers New Court Design

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Memphis Basketball Court Thoughts on the Memphis Tigers New Court Design

Today Memphis Basketball announced that the court will have a new design for next year.  No, not a simple new paint job, they are going all out with placing the Memphis Skyline on the court.

For college teams, this trend was started a couple years ago when Oregon announced that they were going to have a new court design.  Everyone was excited to see what they would come up with, because heck it is Oregon and who doesn’t love what they put out.  Well lets just say their court design went over just as good as the silver reflective helmets that they tried to wear.  In my opinion it was a total fail. Read more

Books To Watch For: May 2013

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Books Books To Watch For: May 2013

Our resident book expert, Joseph Amagliani, drops by today to share the three books he is most looking forward to for the month of May. Read more

TV Review: House of Cards

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netflix house of cards TV Review: House of Cards

“Politics have no relation to morals.”  – Niccolo Machiavelli

“Don’t worry, I hate spoilers.” – Joshua Smith

When House of Cards was pitched to me, it went something like this: “It’s The Godfather meets The West Wing.” Ok, I’m listening. “It’s based on a UK miniseries, based on a novel.” Oh, great. So I’ll have to endure the endless procession of tweets about how it didn’t capture the novel and the British version was more understated and poignant. “It has Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects, American Beauty) and Robin Wright (The Conspirator, Moneyball).” Alright, there’s going to be some stiff competition for Emmys this year. “It’s a collaborative effort between director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) and producer Andrew Davies (BBC’s Poet Laureate, probably). Ok, I’m in. But since I don’t have 13 hours to spend on a show I’m not watching with my wife, I have to wait until the opportune moment. Cold virus ravaging our bodies and making it impossible to move any more than is necessary to pay the pizza guy and keep the kids alive (same thing)? That’ll do. Read more

Marshall Henderson and the Argument of Class in Sports

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Marshall Henderson Marshall Henderson and the Argument of Class in Sports

There is a particularly famous episode of Seinfeld in which Jerry sees a painted portrait of Kramer (called, um, “The Kramer”) and remarks:

“He’s a loathsome, offensive brute. Yet I can’t look away”.

Perhaps there is no better description of the national sentiment towards Ole Miss shooting guard Marshall Henderson. Read more