Jackalope Ranch: A Blog is Born
What's the difference between yogurt and Phoenix?
Yogurt has culture.
That was then.
And yes, there was a lot of then. We could -- and have -- written about this city's identity crisis (and worse) a lot. But lately we've noticed that Phoenix is coming into her own. And we don't know about you, but we'd rather talk about (and write about) that instead.
So we will. New Times already blogs all about news, music and food in this town. It's time for some culture. Whether it's funky Grand Avenue or swank Scottsdale -- intellectual pursuits or after-dark diversions -- bargains on vintage or the place to see cutting-edge contemporary art -- creative pursuits in the suburbs or great architecture downtown, we'll have it for you here.
With a healthy dose of gossip and a dash of snark. This is us, after all.
Wondering about the name? Check out the artwork at the top of this post. It's by Valley native Allie Manch, created for last year's Best of Phoenix Wonderland Art Show. It's called "White Jackalope," a nod to the white rabbit, natch, embroidery on vintage fabric.
Not just because of the western reference (Who doesn't remember those old-fashioned postcards with the jackalope that you'd send to grandma in Pittsburgh as a joke?) although it's good to celebrate place. I hear people back on the wild west thing all the time; how often do you hear people in Portland, Oregon bitch about roses? Get out your cowboy boots, people. Hug a jackalope.
No, the real reason is the idea of re-creation. Re-invention, re-imagining. Don't you see it? This city is constantly re-creating itself. And I don't mean the idea of building a brand-new Walgreens across the street from a perfectly good (in any other city) Walgreens, leaving an empty shell and a lot of waste.
|True, our critic didn't love this one. But that's the beauty of re-invention. Something else soon replaced it.|
The jackalope is a myth -- but Phoenix is becoming a reality, thanks to the creative types collaborating here, taking the city apart and putting it back together again to make something bigger and better, or at least more interesting.
We'll do our best to keep up with you, Phoenix.