I know, I know. You don’t want to read another word on Miley Cyrus’ now infamous Video Music Awards performance. I don’t blame you. That’s why I’ll attempt to keep this brief and get to the point of what most of the mainstream media seems to have missed.
Since the former “Hannah Montana” star stripped down in front of a Brooklyn crowd Sunday evening, the news cycle has been ranting non-stop on the “disturbed act” she put on for the world to see. Most of the comments ranged from “This is a call for help” to “The culture has gone to hell.”
And perhaps all of those statements apply. However, I think we’ve missed the most significant problem in this scandal of sorts. The real concern was highlighted in the comments made by this year’s big awards winner Justin Timberlake, who said Miley’s crazed number was OK and similar to displays made by Britney Spears and Madonna in years past. Read more
With summer winding down and a new TV season on the horizon, with The O.C. premiere’s 10th anniversary passing, and with all of us getting older every day, we thought this week’s roundtable would be a good time to reflect on a simple question:
Which TV Show or Movie has been formative to your life and how you view the world?
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.
We’ve reached the point where this simply can’t keep going on without something being said. No one else from this gigantic global pool of humanity apparently has the guts or desire to say it, so I’ll appoint myself leader of the group to spread the word everyone needs to hear: Please, for the love of everything holy, stop posting lists from BuzzFeed. Read more
In an announcement late Thursday evening, “Zack Snyder, whose Man of Steel has grossed over $649 million worldwide, said in a Warner Bros. press release announcing Ben Affleck as the next Batman: “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character,” Warner Bros. exec Greg Silverman said in the announcement.
The Wise Guise immediately began a text message conversation about this latest development. The two most outspoken members, unsurprisingly being Joseph and Alex, share their thoughts this morning. Enjoy!
My wife and I got married almost two years ago, but as we’ve spent the last two years in Memphis together, we have discovered, or in some cases for me, rediscovered some places that would be great for a first date. Here are some of our thoughts on a few of our favorite spots keeping in mind the type of couple they might appeal to or the type of first date the couple might be looking for. Read more
If you read my piece from this time last year that chronicled my Ole Miss Football fandom, then you know that I didn’t grow up as much of a college football fan, and that unfortunately Ole Miss has not provided a consistent winning tradition for me to cheer on since I decided to enroll there and developed an intense passion for the game. Things are looking up for the Rebels, but big time seasons could still be a year or two away.
Luckily, I have had the opportunity over the past five years to adopt a new team, one that does have a consistent winning tradition, as my own. And it feels pretty good. Read more