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Volume I, Issue 19
October 13 - October 20, 1997

I'm not sure which I hate more: McDonald's or Burger King. On the one hand, McDonald's has those sappy commercials that try to convince you that taking the whole family out to eat grease-soaked french fries and slimy, sugary hamburgers is an essential part of being an American. On the other hand, Burger King has that orange-and-beige color scheme, devised by psychologists to ensure that customers, subconsciously disturbed by the decor, will leave quickly and make room for more customers. Both companies display hideously misleading photographs that make their food look thirty times more plump and fresh than it really is. Stranger still is the fact that they want to emulate each other. McDonald's Quarter Pounder is designed to compete with the Whopper, and Burger King's "Big King" is designed as an alternative Big Mac. This, of course, makes it even harder to decide which one is the worst. Who to loathe, who to loathe?

Fortunately journalist Nick Brown wants to help. The fast-food critic recently focused his high-powered culinary faculties upon both establishments, intending to learn, once and for all, who's the worst chain at the mall. I won't reveal the verdict, but I will say that Brown's quest leads to some of the liveliest food writing I've ever seen. Here's a sample: "The bottom bun was crusty as toast while the top bun was more akin to bread pudding. The meat was dry and chewy around the edges and the lettuce was like wet crepe paper." Who says fast-food reviews can't be beautiful?

What's really weird is that in spite of Brown's description of the burgers as "cheap, bland, thoughtless things," the article made me hungry. Gotta run!

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Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety Jig
The annual Tennessee Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia celebrates the history and culture of the East Tennessee area. [2]
Paige La Grone

Speed Eater
Fast Food Critic at large. [3]
Nick Brown

Carving a Place
A new show spotlights master printmaker Fritz Eichenberg. [4]
Michael Sims

Surfing the best sites so you don't have to. [5]
Devin D. O'Leary

Deliciously Didactic
My Fair Lady [6]
Dalt Wonk

A Week at Home
The Memphis Flyer's travel writer discovers that the longer you're away, the weirder it is when you return. [7]
Paul Gerald

Pool Partiers
Esther's Follies celebrates 20 years of making Austin laugh. [8]
Robert Faires

Postmodern Time Travel
Alexander Stolin at Marguerite Oestreicher and David Halliday at Taylor-Bassetti through October. [9]
D. Eric Bookhardt

Sumptuous Sights
Gail Marcus-Orlen is among three artists whose new works are featured at Etherton Gallery. [10]
Margaret Regan

Now What?
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries. [11]

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