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2006 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • All This Useless Beauty

    published September 13, 2006

    Is there anything beautiful about the disposable plastic cup? What about a carpet of them, strewn across the ground in the aftermath of marathon?... More >>

  • Bet on Black

    published September 13, 2006

    Things have been quiet around here lately — too quiet. What we need is about three days of chopped and raked cars blasting through... More >>

  • When Ulysses Met William

    published September 20, 2006

    The past twenty years of Civil War scholarship have delved deeply into the human stories behind the war. From Shelby Foote's exhaustive research... More >>

  • Euro Trip Back in Time

    published September 20, 2006

    It's hard to — sorry, if you could just pause the PSP, thanks — it's difficult to conceive of — no, sure, sync up your BlackBerry.... More >>

  • Tricks Are for Everyone

    published September 27, 2006

    The game "skate" has rules similar to the basketball game "horse" — except in "skate," players try to one-up each other with skateboard... More >>

  • The Whole Truth

    published October 4, 2006

    True Stories is quite the puzzler: Talking Head David Byrne takes a tour of Virgil, Texas, on the eve of the state's... More >>

  • Hooker in the Scrum

    published October 4, 2006

    American football fans like to talk about "smashmouth" football, meaning the type of power-running offense that crushes the ball up the field by... More >>

  • The Ambiguous He

    published October 4, 2006

    When last we left Derrick Mosley, he had lit out for New York, pockets laden with cash from a sold-out first pressing of his illustrated... More >>

  • The Tokin' Opposition

    published October 11, 2006

    Scott Miller's new musical, Johnny Appleweed, is as pro-marijuana as that title would imply — but it's not just a Cheech &... More >>

  • New Ireland

    published October 11, 2006

    New Ireland, a province of New Guinea, is a collection of islands in the Bismarck Archipelago — and that's a far piece from St. Louis. But in... More >>

  • Where My Witches At?

    published October 25, 2006

    What do witches dress up as for Halloween? Accountants? Conservative talk-show hosts? Calendar editors? Do they even dress up at all? There's one... More >>

  • Southern Belles

    published October 25, 2006

    When you think of the epic story cycles of the South, the flinty drunkenness of Faulkner probably staggers to mind first. Del Shores is also a... More >>

  • Through the Past, Darkly

    published October 25, 2006

    While this is the appropriate season for horror and fear, the horror is always in fun. The scares are for laughs, the shocks are for thrills, and... More >>

  • Maybe the Parrots Are Pining for the Fjords?

    published November 1, 2006

    It takes a special director to make a silent film in which ventriloquism is a key plot point — undoubtedly, Tod Browning is just such a... More >>

  • Let's Start at the Ending

    published November 1, 2006

    Harold Pinter's plays often hinge not on the words spoken but on those left unuttered. In Betrayal, Pinter turns that convention... More >>

  • O, Captain; My Captain

    published November 1, 2006

    We are absolutely plotzing over the impending arrival of William Shatner. The iconic actor is the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival's special... More >>

  • You Know That I Love 'Cakes

    published November 8, 2006

    In the winter of 1893, the pancake was invented for the benefit of all humanity. Before that fateful morning, the American breakfast options were... More >>

  • Wow, Hell Really Is Other People

    published November 15, 2006

    In the Orpheus myth, Orpheus decides to take a long walk into Hades in an attempt to free his deceased wife, Eurydice, from Death's embrace.... More >>

  • Maplewood Mystery

    published November 15, 2006

    Elaine Viets once wrote a snappy little column about life in St. Louis for the old Post-Dispatch; now, she writes snappy whodunits,... More >>

  • Don't Tread on Any of Us

    published November 22, 2006

    America was founded on the ideas of "liberty" and "freedom," two concepts that seem most agreeable to everyone. The problems arise when Americans... More >>

  • Who We've Lost

    published November 29, 2006

    It has been 25 years since AIDS was first identified. In that time the disease has felled actors, musicians and models, as well as less-famous... More >>

  • Pilgrims in Peril

    published November 29, 2006

    Man, you think you know the Pilgrims, and then bam! Scandal erupts in Salem. Reverend Parris catches Abigail Williams and some friends doing a... More >>

  • Pause with Claus

    published November 29, 2006

    Who wants to meet Santa in the antiseptic environs of the local mall? Fake scenery, grumpy people dressed as elves (talkin' 'bout you, Krumpet)... More >>

  • That’s a Sick Play

    published December 6, 2006

    Will Eno’s play The Flu Season is not so much about prevention or cures as it is about taking your medicine — and in the... More >>

  • Hey, What's That Sound from the Pavement?

    published December 27, 2006

    After a quarter-century of tours and Jellicle Balls, it's hard to believe that there could be anyone in America who hasn't heard of Andrew Lloyd... More >>

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