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2008 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • It's a Family Affair

    published December 10, 2008

    Donald Finkel and Constance Urdang were wonderful people. I know that without ever having met them, because every time somebody asks me if... More >>

  • Christmas with the Chorale

    published December 10, 2008

    We're a bare ten days from the most wonderful day of the year, and it's time to ask yourself that most difficult of questions: Have you heard... More >>

  • Holy Night

    published December 10, 2008

    December is a big month for music, full of Nutcrackers and musical Masses and spiritual concerts. In the rush it'd be easy to overlook the... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published December 10, 2008

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  • Fatal Attraction: Die! Mommie! Die! is crass, twisted and naughty. What's not to love?

    published December 10, 2008

    There once was a magical time when everything a celebrity said was so important the words had to be declaimed in a quasi-British accent and... More >>

  • Font of Knowledge

    published December 3, 2008

    Should anyone be surprised that a Swiss man devised a typeface with neutrality as its strongest feature? Designer Max Miedinger's Helvetica (as it... More >>

  • History in Felt and Fancy

    published December 3, 2008

    Someday in the 21st century, the History Channel will finally exhaust its store of documentaries about WWII and begin infotainment programming on... More >>

  • Croatian Sensation

    published December 3, 2008

    Ana Vidovic is a young and lovely woman who has claimed several international prizes for her guitar-playing. Vidovic's repertoire leans... More >>

  • Make Tonight White

    published December 3, 2008

    Everybody claims to be dreaming of a white Christmas, but then when it snows, people complain about the traffic. Oh, stupid St. Louisans —... More >>

  • Family Affair

    published December 3, 2008

    Fans of hard-charging, escapist fiction are familiar with Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series. Pitt and his right-hand man Al Giordino travel... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published December 3, 2008

    The Dead Guy Reality TV shows take a hit in Eric Coble's black comedy about a loser (the amiable Rusty Gunther) who is chosen by a... More >>

  • Skate and Rejoice

    published November 26, 2008

    Your eyes are streaming, your cheeks are chapped and the snot is frozen on your upper lip — congratulations, you’re ice skating outdoors... More >>

  • Here Comes Christmas

    published November 26, 2008

    There are two approaches to acquiring an appropriate level of Christmas spirit. The first is to drag your heels, grudgingly acquiescing to the... More >>

  • Piano?

    published November 26, 2008

    If you'd rather not blow through your paycheck on black Friday, you can enjoy the extended hours and rather affordable free admission at the Saint... More >>

  • Mmm...Cheesecake

    published November 26, 2008

    It has recently come to our attention that the Internet is one vast carnival of what, in a gentler time, we called "dirty pictures." Like, really... More >>

  • Make New Memories

    published November 26, 2008

    You'd think a musical about a group of cats deciding which one of them passes on to the afterlife would be depressing — because what animal... More >>

  • Get Lost, Kid

    published November 26, 2008

    Rife with gorgeous imagery and weird characters, City of Lost Children is the sort of movie that rewards repeated viewings. French... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published November 26, 2008

    The Dead Guy Reviewed in... More >>

  • Make A Little List

    published November 19, 2008

    When the House of Representatives created the Committee on Un-American Activities, one of its first orders of business was rooting out suspected... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published November 19, 2008

    Black Comedy/White Liars There are laughs aplenty in Peter Shaffer's one-joke farce set in an apartment that's plunged into darkness... More >>

  • Heat Wave: Romeo and Juliet smolders with intense lust

    published November 19, 2008

    It is late, the party is long over. Juliet, fair daughter of the Capulets, stands on her balcony speaking dreamily to the night of her first... More >>

  • Review + Setlist + Photos: Metallica at the Scottrade Center, 11/17/08

    published Nov 18, 2008

    Well. That was fucking glorious. Not content with merely revitalizing their sound on record – Death Magnetic, go buy it already – Metallica decided to kick their stage show in the ass and get ba... More >>

  • What's Eating Peter?

    published November 19, 2008

    Peter's a Gulf War vet — the first Gulf War, not the current one. He's drifting through Oklahoma City when he's introduced to Agnes, a... More >>

  • Match Game

    published November 19, 2008

    There's an entire industry devoted to helping you find the perfect mate. Online dating services, books and women's magazines all devote quite a... More >>

  • American Idle

    published November 19, 2008

    There's this guy Eldon, and he's a total loser — the perfect schmuck, if you will. One night in a bar, he's offered the deal of his... More >>

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