John D. Powers

Currently an Assistant Professor of Art at UT, Knoxville, 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship winner John D. Powers realized his love for sculpture during his studies at Vanderbilt University. His work explores contemporary culture while seeking to…

While You Were Sleeping

Several news items of late have captured my attention, and not in a good way. We are hearing a lot these days about Congress attempting to repeal Obamacare. What we are not hearing, however, is what the actual proposals look like until they…

Autocross!

When I was a kid, we had an International Harvester Farmall Cub tractor with split brakes. They had many mundane uses, but as a boy what I used them for was to skid around muddy corners as fast as I could. I’d slam on the left brake, let…

Game Day Fashion

Famed costume designer Edith Head, who dressed such stars as Ginger Rogers, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn, once said that “you can have anything you want in life if you dress for it.” She should know; she won eight Academy Awards for her…

Choosing Assisted Living

In the 1970’s, what were then known as nursing homes gained a notorious reputation for extinguishing the personal dignity of residents. Keren Brown Wilson, whose mother would soon be considering her senior care options, came to the…

Balancing Health and Beauty

In 2017, the beauty industry is bigger and brighter than ever before. In a world of picture perfect models on Instagram, successful beauty vloggers on YouTube, and nearly countless amounts of images and links to scroll through on Pinterest,…

Football Camp

This time of year, my thoughts turn to that uniquely American and profoundly southern institution of football. As high school and college teams begin their seasons, I am reminded of my illustrious football career. Some of you may recall how…

Empower Yourself with Kindness

Although self-sacrifice has its place in times of crisis, a life lived without regular regard and support for what’s best for us can lead to unfulfilled dreams, misery, and escapism through addictive behaviors. Instead of sacrificing…

Resourceful Tailgaters

Dear Knoxonomist: I’ve been a Vol fan my entire life, and my blood runs orange! But I grew up with parents from a non-football town, and we didn’t attend the games. As a freshman last year, I fell in love with everything about going to…

Dogged by Definitions

A cardinal rule of political campaigning is to define yourself before your opponent defines you. The campaign for the Republican gubernatorial nomination offers an object lesson for political candidates and would-be candidates: Take care…