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Vacate Memphis

Your Pesky Fly took this shot of a First Amendment gravestone while biking about the mostly empty Occupy Memphis encampment last week. It was supposed to run in this week's column with the caption "Slightly ironic." The joke was ruined when the city of Memphis, after 10 months of relative tolerance and occasional enablement, dismantled the makeshift village, dealing a mortal blow to the free speech Sharpie-art cemetery.

Neverending Elvis

The Huffington Post has a hot tip for would-be entrepreneurs: "Go to Memphis, dig up anything touched by Elvis and sell it." The latest round of items includes pill bottles, a high school yearbook, a trench coat, and a signed library card from December 1948, when the 13-year-old Presley read The Courageous Heart: A Life of Andrew Jackson for Young Readers. The card alone is expected to fetch $3,500.


There's no question. Elvis Week could replace Shark Week on the Discovery Channel if everybody in Memphis would invest in the items advertised on this Lamar Avenue billboard.

"Memphis: Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock-and-Roll, where the people have fangs."

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