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PIE!

What’s more American than apple pie? Not much, the old phrase would have you believe. But regardless of whether your choice is apple, cherry, or some rare pie-in-the-sky you could easily find cooling on a your grandmother's window sill,…

The Enemy of Good

This issue of Cityview, in part, is devoted to presenting the best of Knoxville, as voted on by our readers. It’s a great list—full of stores, services, performers, venues, and restaurants that you should get to know. In any “best” list,…

Facebook Manipulation

Dear Knoxonomist: On Facebook, many of my friends make very emotionally manipulative posts. “If you are truly my friend,” they say, “you’ll share my post.” Frankly, I find this tactic an eye-rollingly pathetic plea for attention. How…

Abingdon

Just about two hours away from downtown Knoxville—a jump on I-40/81 to the northeast—is the wonderfully eclectic, seemingly sleepy but almost fitfully wide-awake town of Abingdon, Virginia. On at least one trip to Abingdon, you should stay…

The Voice of The Common Fan

Tony Basilio has been on the air in Knoxville and in the ears of Vol fans across the country for 25 years. Originally from Kennett Square, PA, Basilio graduated from UT with a degree in Broadcasting and has been a Knoxville resident since…

Fam

As a former English professor, one of the discussions and/or arguments I get into from time to time is whether some bit of spoken language is really a “word” or not. Often, these discussions have started while traveling, sometimes in that…

Summer Travel

Recently, I took a few days to stay in Abingdon, VA, which will appear as a future Destinations feature. It was my second trip of the summer season, what I look forward to year-round: getting out on the roads of America and visiting…

Chef and Teacher John Alunni

One of the basic truths of cooking in the early 21st century is that folks don’t learn it at home as much as they used to. This is foremost in Chef John Alunni’s mind as he guides The Cutting Edge Classroom cooking school in its goal to…

The Joy of Cooking Together

One November in the early 90s, on a generally miserable day when I was hosting a dinner party, I made something fairly intricate for my skills at the time: a Middle Eastern stew full of ingredients unfamiliar to me. The whole meal was…

Downtown

Nearly 29 years ago,  when I arrived in Knoxville in pursuit of a graduate degree, there was a certain celebrated, gritty quality about downtown. A wig shop sometimes seemed the only thing open on a boarded-up Gay Street, and the Old City…