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2008 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Testify!

    published November 19, 2008

    Watching televangelists is a lonely and frightening hobby. During the wee, small hours of the night when all the sane people are sleeping, the... More >>

  • Moving Pictures

    published November 19, 2008

    Artist Ian Burns creates Rube Goldberg-style machines that simultaneously make and unmake an image. Burns' constructs are sort of walk-in... 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 >>

  • Romeo Loves Juliet

    published November 12, 2008

    St. Louis Shakespeare presents the classic tale of two hot-blooded teens from warring families who hook up and then proceed to make several bad... More >>

  • Take the SLIFF Challenge

    published November 12, 2008

    How many movies do you think it's possible to see in eleven days? If you guessed "more than 200," you, gentle reader, are a dad-burn cinema... More >>

  • A Hairy Ordeal

    published November 12, 2008

    The biblical figure Samson is wreathed in poetic images of might and faith. His shoulders were 60 ells across, he successfully tied 300 torches to... More >>

  • Old vs. Blue

    published November 12, 2008

    The Montreal Canadiens is hockey's most storied franchise. The team has earned the most Stanley Cups (24 and counting), retired fourteen players'... More >>

  • The Divine of the Mundane

    published November 12, 2008

    We've seemingly entered a brave new world of hope and civility in recent days. It's a nice change of pace, this belief in each other's inherent... More >>

  • El Hef

    published November 12, 2008

    His full name is Hugh Marston Hefner, but the world knows him as "Hef." A devout lover of jazz and the movies and a self-described romantic who is... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published November 12, 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 >>

  • Heather Raffo's Nine Parts of Desire applies a modern-day twist to Scheherazade

    published November 12, 2008

    Twice in Heather Raffo's Nine Parts of Desire, an Iraqi woman quotes Scheherazade, the heroic narrator of Thousand and One... More >>

  • Magnetic Morning: Kirk Hammett talks cartoon voiceovers, the art of guitar solos and Metallica's new album — and its alleged sound issues

    published November 12, 2008

    A writer for this paper (guilty as charged) recently broke his brain rocking the flurp out to Metallica's triumphant new album, Death... More >>

  • Guitar Masters

    published November 5, 2008

    The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's concert series at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (3716 Washington Boulevard; 314-754-1850 or More >>

  • Go Freely

    published November 5, 2008

    It is the future. Water is in short supply, and the population is restless — really restless. They rock back and forth, bend forward at the... More >>

  • A Happening Happening

    published November 5, 2008

    If'n you're looking for an exciting first date that will make you look both cool and fun-loving to whomever you're squiring about this evening,... More >>

  • The Weight

    published November 5, 2008

    Earlier this year, artist Richard Serra lamented the decline in art appreciation thanks to the digital age. With the Internet and e-mail, people... More >>

  • Cureiosity Kills No One

    published November 5, 2008

    CUREiosity, the annual benefit for the Siteman Cancer Center, fetes the hard-working doctors who are on the front lines fighting the... More >>

  • The State of Church

    published November 5, 2008

    Fr. Farley is an old hand at clergying. He believes that there's no point in riling people up — give 'em what they want in a comforting... More >>

  • A Whiff of Lemony

    published November 5, 2008

    Devotees of the tales of the unfortunate Baudelaire orphans know the worth of the estimable writings of Mr. Lemony Snicket. Clever, wry and... More >>

  • Dutch Treat

    published November 5, 2008

    Dutch illustrator and author Max Velthuijs may not be a household name in America, but if your household has children occupying the corners and... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published November 5, 2008

    The Blood Knot Two brothers, one black and one so light-skinned as to appear white, share a cramped but clean shack in apartheid-era... More >>

  • Sing-Driven Thing: A tuneful evening from Mustard Seed Theatre

    published November 5, 2008

    Somewhere between Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas and the hardscrabble Appalachian folk of Will Oldham exists the world of Smoke... More >>

  • Bald Terror

    published October 29, 2008

    F.W. Murnau's Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror closes out the Webster Film Series' "Masterworks of German Expressionism" program,... More >>

  • Save a Life Aquatic

    published October 29, 2008

    Shark fans have very few requirements for a good movie. One, make sure the title of the film gives some sense of the shark's role in the... More >>

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