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2009 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Did You Forget the Singer?

    published February 4, 2009

    While the guardians of the radio airwaves debate the content of Britney Spears' new "song," they ignore the most offensive element of the matter:... More >>

  • Resistance if Feudal

    published February 4, 2009

    What good's a swordsman who won't draw his weapon? Plenty, if that's all you have on your side. Young Kotaro is sent from China to feudal Japan... More >>

  • Corruption and Creation

    published February 4, 2009

    In 1954, Dr. Frederic Wertham published his study, Seduction of the Innocent, which posited that the avalanche of violence and sexual... More >>

  • Bloom's Off That Rose

    published February 4, 2009

    Timmy Cleary headed off to WWII a boy but came home a man, swearing and drinking and dreaming of being a writer. But home is also where his... More >>

  • Change Didn't Happen Overnight

    published February 4, 2009

    Politics was once viewed as a man's game, but thanks to women like Donna Brazile that's no longer true. As a political advisor and campaign... More >>

  • Eternal Teen Trouble

    published February 4, 2009

    Moritz is a troubled teen, facing the stuck-up and stiff society of his elders with a clenched jaw and a snarl. Melchior's a bit more placid, but... More >>

  • Late Night With Tom

    published February 4, 2009

    Let's get the obvious out of the way immediately. Yes, Tom Wopat was Luke Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard — twenty-something... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published January 28, 2009

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  • Are the Men Men?

    published January 28, 2009

    Noted man of letters Samuel Pepys wrote that Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was a silly play — and so he only saw it three times.... More >>

  • A Well-Examined Life

    published January 28, 2009

    In the early 1900s, psychoanalysis was an exciting new science championed by Sigmund Freud and few other people. Carl Jung was one of those... More >>

  • That's Entertainment

    published January 28, 2009

    Ruggiero Leoncavallo proves that there are one-hit wonders, and there are one-hit wonders. Although he composed several operas, including a... More >>

  • Write On!

    published January 28, 2009

    If you think Black History Month won't be electric this year, you're fooling yourself. With President Obama a reality, black culture is now in the... More >>

  • Let's Get Real

    published January 28, 2009

    What's the correct definition of "artifice"? The word can mean something skillfully made, or it can mean something false or insincere. All of art... More >>

  • Flower of the East Side

    published January 28, 2009

    Granite City, Illinois, gets a bum rap. It's a blue-collar town famous for Corral Liquors and the rapidly fading steel industry — and what's... More >>

  • Strange Brew & Strange Brew

    published January 28, 2009

    If one were looking for an instructional guide for young men just starting out in the world, you could begin and end your search with... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Caps

    published January 21, 2009

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  • Kill the Messenger

    published January 21, 2009

    Fans of fictional reporter-slash-sleuth Irene Kelly already know Jan Burke can plot a tightly-crafted and exciting story. In her new novel,... More >>

  • Painting Space

    published January 21, 2009

    Thanks to technological boons such as the Hubble Space Telescope (and Hubblesite.org) and Google Sky, it's... More >>

  • Animal Magnetism

    published January 21, 2009

    Medieval bestiaries were amazing compendiums of creatures both real and imagined, or sometimes a little of both in one animal. Even when the... More >>

  • The Maine Attraction

    published January 21, 2009

    In John Cariani's whimsical collection of vignettes, former lovers return each other's love — they've kept it in trash bags — at the... More >>

  • Mr. Hanna's Wild Ride

    published January 21, 2009

    In his official bio, Jack Hanna lists among his hobbies "causing chaos." That's also a fitting description for many of his most successful... More >>

  • What's on the Menu?

    published January 21, 2009

    Very rarely do you enter a restaurant to find the waitresses performing aerial feats of derring-do; but very rarely do you find a restaurant... More >>

  • Water, Water Everywhere

    published January 21, 2009

    When I see the Mississippi River a-flowin' by my transmissionless van, I picture a glorious future for tourism in St. Louis, because it makes me... More >>

  • Trolling for Fun

    published January 14, 2009

    On the Internet, everyone is who they say they are, and no one is who they say are. Nick, bored and lonely, like so many other fourteen-year olds,... More >>

  • Fish Story

    published January 14, 2009

    Kids are smarter than you think — a fact that most children's entertainment misses entirely, choosing to spoon-feed them trite messages and... More >>

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