No stranger to the Juke Joint Festival, Clarksdale anticipates one of its favorites, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, with two opportunities to experience their vibe: Saturday night at New Roxy at 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday at the Cat Head Mini Blues Fest.
Over the past decade, Clarksdale native Wright Thompson has steadily carved out a niche as one of the most successful sportswriters in America.
His work includes the most-read articles in the history of ESPN Magazine and he’s been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing books 10 times.
There are some interesting experiences worth having, but not often. Eating hot peppers and poking myself in the eye come to mind.
Not that I don’t enjoy the gustatory volcano and its subsequent endorphin bliss, or seeing shooting stars in a temporarily-blinded eye, but I appreciate both being temporary.
Landscape gardening sometimes involves hard decisions where no solution seems just right. But “between a rock and a hard place” dissonance can be resolved by going in an entirely different direction.
In much of life, there’s an oft-overlooked, almost soulful fifth sense that lifts the ordinary to the sublime.
It can be easily be found in food; we learn early on to recognize the four main flavors: sweet, salt, bitter and sour.
But what about mushrooms, which can’t be neatly described by those four?
Greg Iles has had 15 books appear on the New York Times best-sellers list, including one that reached number one. The Mississippi-raised author has had one of his novels made into a film and his work’s been published in more than 35 countries.
Yet, he readily admits, he’s still to write that “one great book.”
While many may point to the prevalence of blues music, clubs and restaurants, there’s something else that makes Clarksdale “one of the coolest places on earth.”