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2008 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Aim High, Americans

    published March 5, 2008

    Handsome and dashing, the dark-haired man sings with powerful melancholy, "The country is not what it was," lamenting the passing of the good, old... More >>

  • Mexican Getaway

    published March 5, 2008

    Remember Valentine's Day? And you promised that special someone you'd whisk them away for the weekend to a romantic destination? You screwed that... More >>

  • Elbows off the Table

    published March 5, 2008

    Ask someone to name a fact or two about presidential dining, and he or she is most likely to regurgitate something about that time the elder Bush... More >>

  • Billy Idol Gets It

    published March 5, 2008

    Never doubt the power of the '80s. They were Day-Glo, they were synthetic, and they reeked of AquaNet and money, but the '80s remain the fertile... More >>

  • Good for the Ganser

    published March 5, 2008

    If we told you livewire lesbian Lisa Ganser will be showing off her shorts at 7 p.m. tonight at the Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street),... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published March 5, 2008

    Harvey Mary Chase's perennial mirthmaker about Elwood P. Dowd, the lovable drunk who spends his happiest hours in the company of an... More >>

  • Stray Dog's 'night Mother is so good it hurts

    published March 5, 2008

    Something deeply disturbing and improbably wonderful is happening at the Tower Grove Abbey. For 90 minutes a group of strangers sits quietly in... More >>

  • New Adventures in High Frye

    published February 27, 2008

    Sean Frye describes his own work as "a hybrid of fine art and graphic illustration." While his paintings are representational art in the strict... More >>

  • Factory Reject

    published February 27, 2008

    Surrounding himself with artists, actors and interesting people of various talents was Andy Warhol's forte; he gave them a place to live and play,... More >>

  • Power to the Puppets

    published February 27, 2008

    Everything I need to know about life, I learn from puppets. The happy and helpful denizens of Sesame Street, the creepy and wise Letter People,... More >>

  • Frog-gone It!

    published February 27, 2008

    You may be aware of the ongoing honeybee crisis, because when it comes to honey you stay informed. But there are other organisms (ones that don't... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published February 27, 2008

    Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches To dismiss this Tony Kushner work as "that play about AIDS where no one dies of AIDS in... More >>

  • Master Stroke: The Black Rep aces August Wilson's Radio Golf

    published February 27, 2008

    We're deep into the second act of Radio Golf — no, scratch that. This ceased being a play 40 minutes ago. This is real life,... More >>

  • From Russia with Lust

    published February 20, 2008

    A Friday night without an orgy is a Friday night wasted. There — I've said it. Oh, the town fathers can cluck their tongues and wag their... More >>

  • Cymbals, Unconquered

    published February 20, 2008

    William Hooker (pictured) plays drums like the universe throws dice: What seems random and formless is actually a pattern that approaches infinity... More >>

  • You Better Ax Somebody

    published February 20, 2008

    Everybody is familiar with the ax murderess Lizzie Borden. She's typecast in our collective memory as the classic example of a well-kept New... More >>

  • Who Is In, Who Is Out

    published February 20, 2008

    It starts at a party, just as all tragedies do. Charlie's an actor who hasn't had a job in years, but his wife, Stella, supports him nicely.... More >>

  • Boat People

    published February 20, 2008

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir's painting Luncheon of the Boating Party captures a magical moment in time. A dozen friends of the artist lounge and... More >>

  • Old Wood

    published February 20, 2008

    One of the great gifts science bequeaths mankind is the ability to look into the past. Take, for example, the Danville, Illinois, fossilized... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published February 20, 2008

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  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published February 13, 2008

    A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline After having performed the role nearly 3,000 times, it's no surprise that Gail Bliss enacts doomed... More >>

  • The Polish Egg Man skirts pretentiousness in its world premiere

    published February 13, 2008

    The line between being profound and being pretentious is so very fine as to be at times imperceptible. Alexander Borinsky's bleak comedy,... More >>

  • We're with You, Emo

    published February 6, 2008

    Will Leitch has given so much joy to the time-wasting, boss-ignoring, drinking-on-the-job American workforce through his juggernaut of a... More >>

  • Economies of Scale

    published February 6, 2008

    It's a classic science-fair project: Build a model of the solar system using Styrofoam balls of various sizes to represent the planets. Maybe even... More >>

  • Faster Than Batman: The Horse

    published February 6, 2008

    If you're old enough to remember the Jim Starlin/Berni Wrightson comic-book series, Batman: The Cult, you'll recall the slightly... More >>

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