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A much more worthwhile and thought-provoking stop in Memphis is the National Civil Rights Museum at the old Lorainne Motel.Gracelandmark (snicker) is hemmed in by the gewgaws of hustledom: Cheap hotels, bad diners, and Trinket sellers. I think it's Memphis' version of the House on the Rock.
They were showing interior shots of Graceland on the news this morning.Is it that ugly because Elvis had really bad taste, or just because nothing has been updated since he died in the '70s?
The house is smaller than you would imagine and they have not made any changes since he died -- thus the dated decor.Comparing Graceland to the NCRM is like comparing apples and oranges. Both have their place and both are important to American culture.
I love Memphis; a weekend in Memphis is time enough to see both museums, and TWM is right, there's no dilemma here, they both have their place. And while you're there, you can see Rev. Al Green preach on Sunday morning.And Sun Studios. And the Grotto. And BBQ. And a good brewery downtown. It's all good.
And a good brewery downtown. And a nice stadium too! Downtown Memphis has really come a long way in the past 20 years.
If you can't appreciate Graceland at least a little bit, then you are really missing something about the essential soul of America, and about our history.There are a lot of interesting things to see and do in Memphis, both on Beale and off, but everyone should go downstairs and marvel at the shag in the Jungle Room. It is long enough to mow. That's Americana.In terms of a window into the private lives of American "royalty" in this age of the media driven celebrity, the only place I've been that I thought was more interesting is Hammersmith Farm, where Jackie O grew up. Also fascinating.Give Graceland a shot. Its a walk back in time to some things good and bad.
Who doesn't know Hearst Castle?Good ol' William Randolph I & II. Is there a III?And that bizarre granddaughter, or is she the niece?----Patty Hearst---and her weird gun-toting (SLO-Cult-1974) antics. Anybody else would be in jail for setting off bombs and plotting to kill people, but because she's a Hearst....she gets pardoned, not once, but twice.You couldn't pay me to visit Hearst Castle, or buy any Hearst Publications. Are they still in publishing?Peace, Maxine
Who doesn't know Monticello? Almost everyone carries a picture of it with them at all times.I'm glad that they've returned the Monticello design to the back of the coin, though I'm sad to see the US Mint (and Engraving and Priniting) continuing to stive towards their goal of producing the ugliest currency ever minted or printed on earth. Ugh. They picked up the BIG FACE trend of recent movie posters.
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