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2014 Stories by Alex Weir

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  • Roosevelt Revived

    published April 24, 2014

    Imagine the intense pressure and the colossally high risk of failure in the conception and execution of the one-man play. It's just you, the lone... More >>

  • The Great American Symphony

    published April 24, 2014

    Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 swung for the bleachers and hit them. During the 1940s, American composers -- seeking a vehicle with which... More >>

  • Talking at Windmills

    published April 24, 2014

    What do we modern Americans know about our country's original inhabitants? All in all, not much, really — Native Americans seem to exist in... More >>

  • Auto Glass Fun

    published April 17, 2014

    If you're like a lot of people -- or the majority of people, perhaps, but that's the subject of a different debate -- you have ambivalent feelings... More >>

  • Courts Are in Session

    published April 17, 2014

    Tennis, anyone? But of course. How about some ladies' tennis played on a stage the whole world will have its eyes on? Coming right up -- ... More >>

  • We're Going Underground

    published April 10, 2014

    When you tally the natural factors that powered St. Louis' rise to economic might in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, you'll think of our... More >>

  • A Man Among Monarchs

    published April 10, 2014

    Just as Jane Goodall is renowned for her Herculean efforts in advocating for chimpanzees, Dr. Lincoln Brower is equally legendary (among... More >>

  • A Passion for Bach

    published March 27, 2014

    Johann Sebastian Bach's St. John Passion began its long public life (with several revisions to its original form that we'll leave to... More >>

  • Friends Come in All Sizes

    published March 20, 2014

    It's one thing to have wanderlust, to yearn to live a little, be a gypsy, get around and pick your feet up off the ground (to paraphrase a very... More >>

  • Brothers at Arms

    published March 20, 2014

    Though it's never been considered one of his touchstone plays, Arthur Miller's The Price has seen its stock rise somewhat in the... More >>

  • Green Monday

    published March 13, 2014

    Here's the thing about Dogtown: You need to explore it on foot. There's hardly a St. Louis neighborhood that rewards walking more than this one.... More >>

  • Makes A Great Impression

    published March 13, 2014

    Commonly reproduced images of paintings (on postcards, posters, refrigerator magnets, tote bags, calendars, screensavers, etc.) never prepare one... More >>

  • A Chili Ride

    published March 6, 2014

    The faithful trees overhead and to each side of you are budding, you only need a light jacket on, and the path ahead runs long and rejuvenating... More >>

  • Stripped Away

    published March 6, 2014

    Calvin and Hobbes was a beloved, highly influential strip faithfully read by millions -- and then after a ten-year run it ceased. Series creator... More >>

  • Kings of the Midwest

    published February 27, 2014

    It's the fiction practitioners who tend to reap whatever measures of fame and glory sometimes accrue to the business of writing. Writers of... More >>

  • Valentine for One

    published February 27, 2014

    Mrs. Joe Bradshaw is middle-aged, the mother of two grown children, and feeling adrift in the doldrums of her life. She's so all-around low, she... More >>

  • Surviving Homecoming

    published February 20, 2014

    It seems fair to say that the 1990s civil war in the former Yugoslavia can feel much closer to the vest for St. Louisans than it might to the rest... More >>

  • Girl Trouble

    published February 20, 2014

    Nobody wants to relive their awkward years -- particularly if those years involved Nazis. Michael Verhoeven's Oscar-nominated 1990 drama The... More >>

  • Love Trap

    published February 13, 2014

    Ulster playwright Brian Friel's Lovers has two constituent parts: "Winners" and "Losers." "Winners" involves two teenagers, Joe and... More >>

  • Hollywood Follies

    published February 6, 2014

    You get to a certain point in life when fronting -- in others as well as in oneself -- galls. And that's in a relatively "normal" city and region... More >>

  • The Art of Folk

    published February 6, 2014

    Outsider art is so widely dispersed through our larger culture that it can seem pretty comfortably inside nowadays -- anybody without art training... More >>

  • Captured Moments

    published February 6, 2014

    With our cellphones doubling as cameras, it's easier than ever to capture a photo. You're walking down the street, you see a compelling face or a... More >>

  • Keeping Promises

    published January 30, 2014

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial and social equity has in some respects come true; in certain others it still has not. What of the... More >>

  • Hero and GOAT

    published January 30, 2014

    We're all probably so accustomed to its promiscuous overuse these days that we might be numbed to the word "hero" and the depth of its real... More >>

  • A Mother's Devotion

    published January 30, 2014

    Ray Davies' and the Kinks' 1969 masterpiece, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), told the story of a working-class... More >>

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