Interview: Erik Morse (Mondo Memphis)

“I was writing from a certain outsider’s perspective of Memphis, an artificial experience conjured by and sustained for the consumption of the tourist.  Sometimes I think there is too much emphasis on the value of authenticity when it comes to narratives of the South.  The farmer hero, sons of the soil, the courtly gentleman, the religious zealot.  But a city like Memphis, as an idea or as a narrative, is as indebted to the tourist attraction or fantasy as it is to the populist’s history.  A history from the street can be as much a projection of desires, fantasies and connivances as it is a ‘real’ description of the past.”

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