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2004 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • No Atlas Allowed

    published February 11, 2004

    THUR 2/12 What's the secret of those kids who win the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee or Alex Trebek's National Geographic Bee? It... More >>

  • Top Secret!

    published February 11, 2004

    Ever walk out of a movie and think, "I guess that was all right, but it wasn't what I expected"? Thanks to movie reviews, "buzz" and well-meaning... More >>

  • Done With Mirrors

    published February 11, 2004

    In his book The Great Art of Light and Shadow, Jesuit priest Athanasius Kircher explained how contemporary artists used lenses and mirrors... More >>

  • Injustice for All

    published February 4, 2004

    Every single play by Arthur Miller can be represented by the image of a blindfolded Lady Justice being mounted from behind by a violently aroused... More >>

  • Lewis & Clark and Libretto

    published February 4, 2004

    SAT 2/7 Opera is not an easy sell for today's über-sophisticated kid. No computer-generated special effects, no big-name stars... More >>

  • Slayer

    published January 28, 2004

    Recently, the venerable Rolling Stone published a list of its top 500 albums of all time. Slayer's Reign in Blood did not make the... More >>

  • Sound Stage

    published January 28, 2004

    SAT 1/31 There's always that guy in every high school who takes theater and band and plays every instrument. He listens to Zappa, Devo... More >>

  • Don't Pass This Buck

    published January 28, 2004

    Let's not get our baseball stars confused with real heroes, okay? As we all should know by now, Joe Majorleague can pop a few pills, balloon to... More >>

  • Scream for Me, Asia!

    published January 28, 2004

    If there is a phrase that conjures up a bloodier mental image than "Texas BBQ-Fork Steel-Cage Wrasslin' Match," it must be "Asian Horror Film."... More >>

  • Peripatetic Aesthetic

    published January 21, 2004

    FRI 1/23 If the greatness of art is measured by how much it moves you, then the ArtDTour is art's finest moment. Unlike your standard... More >>

  • Play (Snow) Ball!

    published January 21, 2004

    This being winter in St. Louis, a softball tournament is a dicey proposition. With the chilly temperatures (and subzero windchill factors) this... More >>

  • Double Happiness

    published January 21, 2004

    As far as art galleries affixed to universities go, St. Louis has to consider itself lucky. We have St. Louis Community College-Meramec, which... More >>

  • My Son, Keep It Gay

    published January 14, 2004

    The Sum of Us is a comedic drama that imagines a liberal's worst nightmare: a father who's actually too accepting of his gay son's... More >>

  • Meat Puppets

    published January 14, 2004

    Puppetry is intrinsically surreal. From the bizarre fluidity of a marionette's dance to the absurdity of a talking sock to the foam-head... More >>

  • Sex, Paralysis, the Usual

    published January 14, 2004

    MON 1/19 Monday's River Styx at Duff's authors bring to the Central West End restaurant stories of a drive-in movie screen... More >>

  • Follow Your Nose

    published January 14, 2004

    Everybody loves a good poop joke. Even a halfway-decent poop joke garners laughs, because poop is inherently funny. Saying the word aloud in a... More >>

  • Julia Sets

    published January 7, 2004

    Your soul is dirty; a viscous layer of digital scum clings to it like nasty petroleum-jelly fudge. You feel it accreting every time you watch MTV... More >>

  • Mars Needs Muppets

    published January 7, 2004

    Sesame Street doesn't seem to be the most likely place in America for aliens to visit -- but then again, if you're looking to learn about... More >>

  • Four-Wheelin' Down Art Hill

    published January 7, 2004

    Art Hill is notorious as a widowmaker, a breaker of limbs and tailbones, a rite of passage that can serve as fodder for happy childhood dreams or... More >>

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