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803 University Ave – Oxford Time Machine

Posted by on Jun 3, 2008 in Oxford Time Machine | 0 comments

Oxford Time Machine checking in.. here’s a neat shot of a house we’ve all probably passed 1,000 times on University Avenue…pretty interesting landscape change from then till now. As I was researching, I discovered that William Faulkner lived in this house briefly, and it ended up becoming the location where he wrote As I Lay Dying (my favorite Faulkner...

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Faulkner Finale

Posted by on Jun 1, 2008 in Faulkner | 2 comments

First, an official shout out to my fellow OxfordMississippi.com writer, Kevin Frye, for actually being a member of the trivia team that all other trivia teams have grown to loathe, “Bong Hits 4 Jesus.” (See the last Faulkner write up to understand this reference.) Because I am a dedicated journalist, I am finishing this series the way I said I would, despite the fact that I am being haunted by Faulkner. That was not unintentional hyperbole or a misprint. This weekend, I moved into a new house on North Lamar. It is the culmination of all...

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Bigger Badder Breakfast (at Big Bad Breakfast)

Posted by on May 28, 2008 in Restaurants & Bars | 13 comments

This week Chef John Currence, co-owner of City Grocery, will be opening his latest foray into the Oxford restaurant scene – Big Bad Breakfast. I came across BBB quite accidentally while hitting the Farmers Market on Memorial Day weekend when I noticed the sign was already on the building next to Market Rhys in the Mid-Town Shopping Center . As I inched closer, I realized the lights were on at BBB and people were milling about. “Go on in,” I was told by someone sitting on the concrete steps. The atmosphere is country rustic...

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Introducing the Oxford Time Machine

Posted by on May 26, 2008 in Oxford Time Machine | 5 comments

Quite possibly, the most addictive site I’ve visited over the years has been the Atlanta Time Machine. Simple in premise and overall purpose, it provides an endless catalog of “then-and-now” photographs of Atlanta, even going so far as providing the same visual perspective with each photograph. For example, here’s a shot in the heart of Buckhead, capturing the split of Roswell Road from Peachtree, and the triangle in-between. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, in regards to his collection. I’ve been...

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The Truth and the Faulkner… Part Deux

Posted by on May 23, 2008 in Faulkner | 2 comments

A sober man’s thoughts are a drunk man’s words…A selection of some of Faulkner’s more profound statements: “A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.” “An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.” “Given a choice between grief and nothing, I’d choose grief.” “Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better...

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The Gallery at Marimekko

Posted by on May 20, 2008 in Oxford | 0 comments

I spent Friday evening at a Gallery Opening at marimekko, a great shop just south of the Square on Lamar, enjoying great art with a number of locals (good to see everyone out while the students are summering). Marimekko has an Opening about twice a month, and generally features local and regional artists. If you haven’t taken the time to stop in, you should do so – while you’re there put your name on their email list and you’ll get announcements for each Gallery Opening. The current show features the works of James...

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Proud Larrys [PIC]

Posted by on May 17, 2008 in Pictures | 0 comments

Photo Credit: Derek Moreton

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Google's Accurate Map of the Square

Posted by on May 16, 2008 in Oxford | 1 comment

I can envision someone giving directions to their house based off this Google Map… “Now, you’ll head into town on South Lamar. As you approach the Square, your natural intention will be to turn right. Don’t. Per Google, disregard the Courthouse in front of you, and drive straight ahead. What’s that? Yes, up the courthouse steps. As you break through the back wall of the courthouse on your exit, continue driving north until you see our house on the left...

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The Truth and the Faulkner

Posted by on May 15, 2008 in Faulkner | 2 comments

William Faulkner’s 1949 Nobel Prize attested to his impact on the world of literature. His statue in Oxford Square is a tribute to the indelible mark he left on our city. And, of course, Jim Beam’s flourishing industry it a testament to his habits. Perhaps he was never sober enough to keep any secrets, so I’ve done a little research and dug up some bones. So, first, the bones: rumor has it that Faulkner’s dog is buried next to him in Oxford Cemetery. The Faulkner cemetery plot contains 4 graves: one for Faulkner, his wife Estelle, and...

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Guidance for the Clueless Graduate

Posted by on May 13, 2008 in Ole Miss | 0 comments

I was a clueless graduate, unproudly, way back in ‘95. Now, I wasn’t clueless in regards to job opportunity, but clueless in regards to career path. And, generally, what on earth to do after I got my diploma. Basically – no direction. And no idea. What I could have really used, back then, were tips on where to start. I wasn’t looking for someone to tell me what to do. Essentially, I was looking for someone to educate me on interesting first steps that could help define my overall career path. So I thought I’d share some ideas...

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