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2006 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • All This Useless Beauty

    published January 11, 2006

    Even inveterate nightcrawlers may be surprised by the city revealed in photographer Eric Post's book, Ghost Town: While Saint Louis... More >>

  • The Sound and the Fury

    published January 4, 2006

    Years of living in the Midwest have taught us all that when the tornado sirens wail, it's time to head for the basement. Years of watching FOX... More >>

  • Curiouser and Curiouser

    published January 11, 2006

    What does one look for in a teapot? Mr. Night is unqualified to answer, since he merely packs the loose tea between his cheek and gum, eschewing... More >>

  • If It's Baroque, Recycle It

    published January 11, 2006

    We postmodern types like to imagine we invented all the cool stuff in music, such as sampling and the drum solo. But the truth is, sampling has... More >>

  • Three Artists, No Waiting

    published January 18, 2006

    As part of its mission to expose St. Louis to current, fresh art, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis partnered with the Gateway Foundation to... More >>

  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Tusker

    published January 18, 2006

    When one thinks of the career arc of the average elephant, "artist" doesn't usually appear on the parabola. And yet thanks to Russian artists... More >>

  • Dance of Death

    published January 25, 2006

    What is the appropriate response to war? Something as chaotic and dehumanizing as the organized destruction of human life beggars the logical,... More >>

  • Eat 'Em and Smile

    published March 15, 2006

    Man, it's great being at the top of the food chain. That one-eyed hobo over there? The only predator he has to fear is a two-eyed hobo. The point... More >>

  • Magnum Pi

    published March 8, 2006

    Oh, Pi, you have entranced the greatest minds humanity has ever produced. 3.14159 (and so on), you are an enigma, wrapped in infinity,... More >>

  • A Lone Voice

    published March 15, 2006

    The human voice, when wielded by a talent as startling as Meredith Monk, is a marvel. Monk takes this mundane gift we all possess and... More >>

  • Dervish Fulfills Yer Wish

    published March 15, 2006

    You do realize, of course, that today represents the maximum amount of time one must wait for the next St. Patrick's Day. Ah, how the days crawl!... More >>

  • The Art of Acquisition

    published April 5, 2006

    Veteran collectors will tell you that the process of finding pieces to round out the collection, whatever that collection may be, is perhaps the... More >>

  • The Benjamin-O

    published April 5, 2006

    Let's face it — Ben Franklin doesn't get enough credit. Master of the pithy aphorism, paragon of statecraft, titan of the natural sciences:... More >>

  • Red-Letter Day

    published April 5, 2006

    Ticketless. No TV. No radio. Trapped in an office with a Cubs fan lurking one floor below. All of that means nothing now that The Home... More >>

  • Fred Sanford He's Not

    published April 12, 2006

    If you have one of those stultifying office jobs with an Internet connection, and you're looking for more ways to while away those weekday... More >>

  • Stretching Mertz Till It Hurts

    published April 12, 2006

    Teacher, composer and, above all else, guitarist Pavel Steidl once bluntly stated: "I don't like metronomes." Listening to his recordings... More >>

  • Rotate!

    published April 12, 2006

    The films of Busby Berkley have no modern incarnations or progeny, which is strange. Berkley made musicals in the 1930s along with a host of other... More >>

  • Benjy Come Philately

    published April 19, 2006

    We've extolled the sterling qualities of the man known (informally) as Big Head Benjamin (a.k.a. Ben Franklin) in these pages many times.... More >>

  • Dmitri Dneeds Dno Dintroduction

    published April 19, 2006

    Of all the strange elements in Dmitri Shostakovich's biography, perhaps the most jarring is the biographer's explanation of what the Soviet... More >>

  • Cooking with Greece

    published April 19, 2006

    "Gee-ro?" "Gy-ro?" "Hero?" The tasty Greek sandwich-precursor is delicious however you pronounce it, but especially when you're saying it around a... More >>

  • To the Moon, Buzz!

    published April 26, 2006

    As a young man, Buzz Aldrin enjoyed collecting rocks as a hobby. As an adult, Buzz Aldrin continued to collect rocks — from the... More >>

  • Throw Down

    published April 26, 2006

    No less an authority than ESPN online columnist Dan Shanoff predicts that the game of darts is 2006's breakout sport. Much like poker was in 2005,... More >>

  • Looking Good

    published April 26, 2006

    While reality-TV mainstays such as Bravo's Project Runway have helped remove some of the mystery about where new fashion designers come... More >>

  • Book Me, Dan-O

    published April 26, 2006

    Ranking a respectable second on the list of Exciting Fairs (above the county and below the Renaissance variety) is the humble book fair. Despite... More >>

  • Kills the Ozone, Saves the Country

    published May 3, 2006

    John Waters' bouffant juggernaut, Hairspray, is a balm to the souls of world-weary audiences everywhere. The core of the story is... More >>

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