Post-modem Decor

SCENARIO: YOU’VE GOT A NEW PLACE, and it’s a fresh canvas. White walls, white trim, lovely floors, lovely light, lovely everything. The only issue? It’s rather empty. After schlepping several carloads of castoffs to Goodwill, you’ve narrowed down your belongings to a clean-lined sofa, a matching pair of armchairs, that midcentury credenza you scored on…

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Last Word

The most humble of waters calls to me. Chocolate-milk-colored seeps and tinkling rocky rivulets no wider than a long stride are the most persuasive. I know the denizens of those tiny waters, and they call as well. They whisper of a time that seems not long ago when all I wanted could be found at…

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Almost Famous

My wife and I decided to skip the Valentine’s Day crowds, instead making our reservations a day early. That’s how we found ourselves seated in the corner of one of the West Side’s hottest joints, right next to a Hollywood A-lister fresh off a series of action hits, and his co-star, a darling of small-budget indie…

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Arkansas Sketchbook

HE WAS STILL HIMSELF WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER, when he first had a piece accepted into the Annual Delta Exhibition. But even then, as a young man in 1979, Lawrence McElroy knew himself well enough to realize there was something lacking in his work that no amount of dedication to the studio might supersede or…

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One for the Books

It was a seventh-grade project that did it, says Tom Dillard—a report on Izard County in north Arkansas. “I’d never even heard of [that county], but that project just opened up my eyes,” he says. “I started really young having an interest in what I call ‘Arkansas studies.’” But with his growing curiosity, Tom realized…

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The Southern Gourmasian

Something is the same this afternoon. Fixed and familiar. Half of a steamed bun left on the oblong rectangular plate—half-eaten with the shadow of a thumb depression left in the side. Dollops of root-beer-colored hoisin shaped like fat teardrops and the state of Maine. Looking up, I see chef Justin Patterson of The Southern Gourmasian,…

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Up a Creek

  We’re scraping bottom, and judging by the shallow, crystal-clear water ahead, it doesn’t look like we’re going to make it. Slowly we lose speed as the friction of our hull on the submerged gravel bar overcomes the force of the water and our own momentum, and all too soon, Mike Mills, owner and founder of…

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Founders keepers

FOUNDERS KEEPERS Visitors may have noticed the likeness of an older woman, captured in oils and photographs, keeping vigil over the rooms and halls of the Historic Arkansas Museum. For those unfamiliar, her name is Louise Loughborough, founder of the museum. And it’s all because of her.  LOUISE LOUGHBOROUGH wasn’t very tall. Or so I’m…

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Object lesson

OBJECT LESSON Since 1972, the Historic Arkansas Museum has been in one man’s (extremely capable) hands. As Bill Worthen prepares to retire later this year, he offers a unique perspective on the institution he’s nurtured these past 44 years: its history as told through the museum holdings he most admires “THIS IS JUST absolutely fun for…

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Good Tasting

Maple-and-Herb Sausage Home Skillet Lost Forty Brewing, Little Rock Just because “beer” doesn’t necessarily scream “brunch” doesn’t mean you should rule out this east Little Rock brewery for your next lazy Saturday-morning meal. (Case in point: The smorgasbord they’ve dubbed “Home Skillet.”) And if you just really can’t do without that mimosa, try Lost Forty’s…

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Screen Play

Graham Gordy could tell this better. That pretty much goes without saying, though in many ways his story, the way it traces  the well-trod narrative of so many young people who’ve struck off for Hollywood’s greener—or at least more luminescent—pastures, is a relatively straightforward one. Because at one time, he was the local boy—specifically, the Conway…

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