A Blessing for Jack Williams


Friday afternoon, Wise Guise founding members Joseph and Palmer Williams became parents. As with all substantial news in the social media era, the revelation of this birth came from a collage in my Instagram feed of two clearly exhausted young parents cradling a small baby in their arms. I kid, Read more

Concert Review: Katy Perry - The Prismatic World Tour at the FedEx Forum, October 2014


Alex: Should you invest in tickets to see Katy Perry? I use the word “invest” because the act of purchasing tickets to most pop spectacles now go beyond “buying.” Attendance costs per person now are worth a heavy chunk of change, especially if you want premium seating and merchandising Read more

The Lower Broadway Gazette: 2nd Edition


Editors note: Each week I will be sharing the three hottest stories coming out of the Nashville area. These stories have been hand-selected due to the importance of the community. This is absolutely not a spinoff of The Onion — the only similarities are the general story ideas, the way Read more

Can "Gone Girl" actually capture Oscar Gold?


Oscar season has arrived. Hard to believe, isn’t it? The summer was filled with mostly cinematic disappointments. The steep box office decline from years gone by put the industry in panic. While decent quality blockbusters were scattered throughout the hottest months of the year, very few potential awards contenders Read more

Movie Review: Gone Girl


Disclaimer: First off, THERE ARE NO SPOILERS OF ANY KIND IN THIS REVIEW - I simply wanted to share the very basics of what I thought you needed to know about the film. I feel it's necessary to begin this brief review by first stating that this film is very graphic Read more

Concert Review: Chvrches with The Range – Minglewood Hall - October 1, 2014


Fresh off the summer festival scene and on their way to Austin City Limits, Scottish synthpop group Chvrches made a stop in Memphis last night and played to a packed room. If you aren’t familiar, Chvrches is fronted by the charming Lauren Mayberry and relies heavily on an electronic Read more

Thank You, Rob

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 Thank You, Rob
Two weeks ago, I was heading up to Vanderbilt Medical Center to check up on my mother. She had been rushed from my uncle’s home in Franklin to the facility by ambulance. I called my friend Rob Carpenter, but got no answer. He lived less than a mile from the hospital, and I had stayed with him a few times before when I had been in town. I was thinking I’d probably have to use his couch on that evening yet again.

By the time Rob returned my call, the situation had dramatically changed. I had received news my mother was dying. I was calling every family member I could think of, all the while attempting to maintain my composure. When I answered and heard Rob’s voice, I knew if I started talking about mom I’d completely break down. Read more

Survivor is 28 Seasons In & Still Going Strong

Posted on by Joseph Williams in Featured, Reality Check, Television | Leave a comment

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I’ve written at length about Survivor, and why it is one of the most relevant shows on TV in capturing our society and our humanity in its fullness, both the redemptive and the fallen aspects… and everything in between.

The new season is 4 episodes in, with 5 of the 18 brand-new castaways eliminated in Tribal Councils. The season began with 18 castaways split into three tribes designated as Brawn, Beauty, and Brains.

After 4 eliminations (3 of which involved the Brains tribe failing miserably, only to leave three of my favorite players of the season as survivors that are now positioned to do well this season), the three tribes became two, resulting in the powerful becoming powerless and the blindside of a former NBA All-Star.

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Feeny Friday: Shawn and the Matthews and MINKUS… OH MY!

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It’s been a while, Feeny Fanatics! When we last convened together on a Friday, we talked about Girl Meets World being picked up by The Disney Channel for a complete first season. While we’ve known Feeny would be back in some capacity and there has been some buzz about other returning favorites, all of it has remained pure speculation.

Until the last couple weeks! Twitter and Instagram has given us clues and shots from the show. We still wait for Girl Meets World to premiere and return us to that wonderful world of Cory Matthews and his ever-growing family… but our anticipation continues to build.

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Roundtable: 2014 March Madness, Baby!

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marchmadness Roundtable: 2014 March Madness, Baby!If you’re a friend of The Wise Guise, then you know we have a plethora of passions.

We love movies. We love television, including a certain reality show that airs on ABC during the winter months on Monday nights – it’s been a tough week getting over the loss. We love politics, and by we, I mean Joseph. We love books, as some of us will even choose reading over Netflix on occasion. But most of all (probably), we love sports. The Wise Guise email thread can get heated from time to time, and the hottest temperatures are usually sports-induced. Even further, the temperatures flare a little extra hotter around college sports.

So, without further ado… let’s argue about college basketball!!! – er, I mean, IT’S MARCH MADNESS, BABY!!

If you just want to see which one of us knows our NCAA ball better than the rest, skip straight to the brackets.

The madness began last night for a few of us Wise Guise when the Vols came from behind to bury the Iowa Hawkeyes in overtime. Tennessee won the overtime period 14-1, which I have in my book as domination, but call it what you want. Ok, enough about an 11 seed…
This year’s tournament presents some fun storylines – Florida is the overall number #1 seed after going perfect through a terrible SEC; Wichita State hasn’t lost a game since last year’s final four, but their regular season schedule was lackluster at best and now their road back to the final four is by far the hardest for any #1 seed; Michigan State, a four seed, has been picked by everyone that has ever been relatively associated with ESPN; Louisville, also a four seed, is the favorite over on FiveThirtyEight.com ‘s new bracket simulator; Syracuse was the best team in the country for 3 months when they were 25-0, but as of late they appear unable to walk and chew gum at the same time, finding themselves as a dangerous (?) three seed….

Can Dougie McBuckets make a magical run with Creighton in a week-ish region? Also, who will be this year’s tournament darling? Which higher seed will make a magical run and make CBS and ESPN spend countless hours trying to find fun facts about the school and it’s community? Could it be the seven seeds New Mexico and UCONN? Maybe Mercer sends Jabari Parker to his NBA workouts a few weeks earlier than planned. Let’s not forget about eleven seed Tennessee – could they cut down the nets in North Texas? (No, they can’t, but I just wanted that sentence to be typed once during the tournament).

Who knows – because we sure don’t. But what we do know is that the madness has set in, and we LOVE it.

Follow along with The Wise Guise as we bring you our unique take on the NCAA tournament.

For now, we’ll leave you with our brackets, as unimaginative as they can be. Additionally, see how we stack up against our POTUS.

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Joseph: Back when Facebook was The Facebook and it had hardly any functions, I listed one of my favorite things as the first Thursday and Friday of the NCAA Tournament. And it still is one of my favorite things. 32 basketball games. Overlapping chaos. Buzzer beaters. Upsets. Cinderellas. Busted brackets… leaving Warren Buffett with his billion. Tracking how you’re doing versus your friends, tracking your favorite teams, and hopping on the bandwagons of teams you’ve never watched before.

Last year, I picked three of the Final Four, both championship game teams, and the eventual National Champion, on my way to winning all my bracket contests. So my expectations are high this year, which will inevitably lead me to a busted bracket by mid-day tomorrow. But it doesn’t matter.

Because it’s March and it’s magical. Cheers to great games, greater finishes, and cinderella runs that bust all of our brackets. (Go Tigers!)

Writer’s Block & Prayer

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For those who enjoy writing, you have more than likely experienced one of the worst things a writer could experience: writer’s block. You know what I am talking about. You want to write, you are excited about it, you grab a pen and paper, then…nothing. The dialogue in your head might go like this: “Come on, what am I going to write about? There’s got to be something I can put into words.”

To switch topics, my prayer life is a lot like “writer’s block” sometimes. I find myself, most of the time, listing off to God a grand stack of “Please God, do this for me’s.” Or maybe I choose not to pray out of insecurity about the fact that I really do not know what to talk to God about… or I have not really heard from God lately… or maybe I do not think God really cares about what I have to say. The list of reasons could go on for awhile. And they often do.

Why do I pray? By this question, I mean that I hit a wall sometimes and have nothing to say. Just like getting my pen and paper together without having any idea of what to write about, I almost prepare myself to speak to the “Lover of my soul” (SONG OF SONGS) and get nowhere. I feel inadequate, or maybe I even question whether or not I am a Christian, because I think that God is expecting me to say the right things.

Jesus prayed. The Son of God, in all of His glory, prayed. During His time on this earth, He would rise earlier than everyone else to pray to His Father (Mark 1:35), and He would spend nights praying to God (Luke 6:12) as well. Jesus, Lord and Savior, saw it necessary and vital to spend time talking to His Father, God, who happens to be our Heavenly Father as well. If it is necessary enough for Jesus, than it must be necessary enough for me.

But I feel inadequate. I really do. I am sinful. I am broken. I have way too much baggage. Yeah, I know that Jesus died for me and washed away my sin and brokenness. It just does not always feel this way. My baggage is so heavy.

I hear and accept the lies that I am not worthy of God’s time.

There is a hope in all of this. The perfect Jesus, whom in all things were created and in whom all things are held together, tells us that we should always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1). Think about that. Amidst our corruption and raggedness, Jesus came, lived among us, was beaten, crucified, died, was buried, rose from the grave defeating death to give us life, and is preparing a city for us upon His coming again.

If this is true, I think I will begin there. I’ll praise Him for what He’s done, and pray for His coming soon. Even if I do not know what to say, or I feel too inadequate, I hope to remember the truth about Jesus.

The Return of Jack Bauer, Don Draper, and Game of Thrones

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mad men poster season 7 1024x401 The Return of Jack Bauer, Don Draper, and Game of Thrones

So True Detective‘s sure-to-be Emmy-sweeping first season has come to an end. With the finale of its eight-episode, stand-alone first season of HBO’s latest cultural phenomenon anthology series, one might think now is a time to despair for our TV options. That person could not be more wrong.

As True Detective, which may have turned into the greatest conspiratorial TV phenomenon since Lost, wraps up, the latest and greatest posters and trailers for three of my all-time favorite shows have premiered. Check out more below for the trailers, previews, and premiere dates for Game of Thrones Season 4, Mad Men Season 7, and 24: Live Another Day.

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