Meet Memphian #11: Justin Sledge
Meet Memphian number 11, graduate student, activist and generally dapper gent Justin Sledge:
Name: Justin Sledge
Hometown: Jackson, Mississippi
Occupation: Philosophy graduate student at the U of M
Neighborhood: Evergreen, just north of the Sputnik
My first impression of Memphis was: After growing up in the south and living in Europe during my first leg of graduate work, it felt a whole lot like home; a sort of cozy but lived in kinda place. Memphis, like Jackson (Miss), wears its history on its sleeve and that rough-around-the-edges beauty really struck a cord with me.
When friends from out of town visit, I always take them to: Otherlands for coffee, Bosco’s (best beer in the city), the Hi-Tone if there is a good show, the Metal Museum (especially if the weather is nice) and the Lamplighter.
The best meal in Memphis is: Probably the one I can’t eat. Because I don’t eat pork, I’m pretty handicapped here. Cafe 1912 has great duck breast in wine reduction. Super cozy atmosphere too.
I’m working on: I have to stay busy else I stay in trouble. I am working on a lot: my graduate work keeps me pretty busy, I am brewing an agave ale, reading a ton, and working on a calligraphy project. I’m also looking into taking a blacksmithing class at the metal museum this spring.
The coolest thing I’ve done since I’ve been in Memphis is: getting involved with activist work both on the U of M campus and in the city generally. Memphis has an amazing history of struggle against racism and the exploitation of working people and to be a small part of carrying that history forward has been humbling and inspiring.
I hope that: That wasn’t the last time I see her.
It’s Monday night. I’m probably: At the Lamplighter, trying not to make a scene.
The best show I went to in the last year was: Harlan T Bobo with Opus One at the Hi Tone or maybe Dark Castle at the Buccaneer.
I love Memphis because: You get out what you put into Memphis, and this city has so much to give.