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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby TheBookPolice » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:18 pm

Kenneth Burns wrote:I love the Parthenon. Its allure is mysterious, hard to describe. A full-scale replica in Tennessee sandstone of Athens' ruined glory, a grand temple to a pagan deity -- what is it doing in the Bible-publishing hub that is Nashville? God, I love the Parthenon.

I suspect this is more of a rhetorical question than an honest one, but for the record:

The Parthenon is there for the same reason the Houston Oilers were renamed the Titans upon moving to Tennessee. Nashville has been known for some time as the "Athens of the South". (It was originally the "Athens of the West", but that apparently never stuck--especially as the nation expanded farther west in a literal sense.)

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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:27 pm

I thought Athens, GA was the Athens of the South.
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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby TheBookPolice » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:33 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:I thought Athens, GA was the Athens of the South.

It's an Athens of the South. Key distinction.
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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby Kenneth Burns » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:42 pm

Rhetorical questions can't be honest questions?
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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby TheBookPolice » Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:51 pm

Kenneth Burns wrote:Rhetorical questions can't be honest questions?

I knew--knew--someone would ask this. What's the opposite of a question not meant to be answered? You know what I mean.
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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby Kenneth Burns » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:05 pm

Is there no balm in Gilead?
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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby boston_jeff » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:45 pm

We ended up at a Best Western Gen X nowhere near Beale and downtown. That said, visiting the Lorraine, Arcade, Gus' Chicken, Sun and Stax would have required a car and GPS anyway--so no biggie. Memphis is amazing! Can't wait for Central BBQ and Beale tonight...and then its on to Texas and our new home.
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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby msnflyer » Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:55 pm

I stopped at Gus's when I was there (GPS and all) and it was a big meh. I've made comparable fried chicken at home and the industrial neighborhood and armed guard at the door didn't add to the ambiance.

But then, it was better than the the granola bars and bourbon dinner in my hotel room in Tuscola, IL the following night. :)
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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby boston_jeff » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:17 pm

I do a bit of searching on these places, and Gus' has a 93% approval rating on urbanspoon. I agree with the voters on the chicken (and the fried pickles).

For me part of the point of going to these places is the fact that the ambiance is not American strip mall or downtown chic. The cops were in Gus' this morning before they let us in--alarm had been triggered. We patiently waited with several locals, got in and got served by 11:30 AM. By the time we left the place was packed and the jukebox was blaring. Bolton's hot chicken and fish in Nashville was a cinder block building in an industrial location as well. Really good chicken at both places. There is an authenticity to these restaurants that you don't find in many places in the US anymore, I like it.

Looking forward to Central BBQ tonight! 40s and BBQ.
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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby Marvell » Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:15 am

Kenneth Burns wrote:I love the Parthenon. Its allure is mysterious, hard to describe. A full-scale replica in Tennessee sandstone of Athens' ruined glory, a grand temple to a pagan deity -- what is it doing in the Bible-publishing hub that is Nashville? God, I love the Parthenon.


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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby boston_jeff » Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:25 am

Central BBQ was great, I had the best Pulled Pork sandwich in Memphis (probably the best I've ever had) size large, mac n' cheese and chips and cheese. Also sampled my wife's half rack, greens and slaw. Definitely worth checking out!

Was somewhat disappointed by Beale, very commercialized. Maybe just a hangover from being in Nashville the night before--also I'm sure we will be back on a night when I don't have to get up and drive to TX the next day. All in all I really enjoyed Memphis--just the chance to see Sun and Stax was worth the trip. The chicken and the BBQ were added bonuses. I don't need Texas BBQ or any fried chicken for a month or so after the last 48 hours...
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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby Kenneth Burns » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:15 am

Marvell wrote:You might say
that I ain't free
but it don't worry me...

This isn't Dallas, it's Nashville!
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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby Kenneth Burns » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:16 am

Whoops, spoilers.
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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby Kenneth Burns » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:53 am

This postcard, a relic of my 1980s Nashville youth, perfectly captures the magnificent weirdness of the Parthenon, and of Nashville. Donna Fargo.

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Re: Nashville & Memphis

Postby john_titor » Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:48 am

How could you not go to Graceland? The week of his death day even!
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