Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Swing Low

Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here at this unassuming sports bar on Clinton Highway on the anniversary of the fatal accident that took the life of James Agee's father, an event which later inspired his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Death In the Family.

That unfortunate plunge occurred in Beaver Creek, directly adjacent to this hospitable modern day establishment.

At 8 p.m., the time of the tragic auto crash, we raise a toast to Mr Agee Sr. The delightful proprietess of the Checker Flag, Earlene, will be glad to furnish you with the requisite bottle of Pabst Blue Ribbon if you are so inclined. Please join the band in a chorus or two of Swing Low Sweet Chariot.

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, Knoxville is a drinking town with a literary problem.

3 comments:

B Squared said...

First round's on me.

Babooshka said...

Mine's JD. This was an education and I'll always drink to that. Love the Wilde paraphrase, now there was a guy I'd drink with anywhere, anytime.

Tash said...

Nice pooch on the porch. It's so fun to see the Coors slight next to 'no liquor allowed' sign on the door.