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2009 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • Gateway to the East?

    published December 2, 2009

    Writers of speculative fiction often posit alternate versions of familiar cities — London, New York and Los Angeles are seemingly the most... More >>

  • A Really Big Show

    published December 2, 2009

    If The Nutcracker isn't performed in December, will Christmas still come? It's a question for which we shall never have to find an... More >>

  • Spaced Out

    published December 2, 2009

    Harlan Dodge and three of his fellow convicts have just busted out of the joint and stole the space barge Artemis. The cops are after them, the... More >>

  • Don't Let's Wait

    published December 2, 2009

    This is the worst time of year for procrastinators. You're bombarded with messages about shopping for gifts, countdowns till the big day,... More >>

  • ShowMe Something Good

    published December 2, 2009

    ShowMe Etsy is a group of local crafters and makers of handicrafts who have banded together in the interest of support and better sales. With more... More >>

  • Kitten Has A Cause

    published December 2, 2009

    Heather Veitch, a buxom bleach blonde, looks like your typical fantasy stripper. And she is a former stripper — and a committed Christian... More >>

  • Daddy's Gonna Kill Ralphie

    published December 2, 2009

    The tireless efforts made by young Ralphie Parker in pursuit of an "Official Red Ryder carbine-action, two hundred shot range model air rifle" and... More >>

  • One Hour, Three Movies, A Million Laughs

    published December 2, 2009

    It's ba-a-a-c-k! Magic Smoking Monkey folds, spindles and mutilates J.R.R. (the extra "R" is for "Rock Star") Tolkien's Lord of the... More >>

  • It's the Most Wunderville Season

    published November 25, 2009

    Don't know about you, but it's been a long time since we've seen a full-blown Victorian sideshow-cum-neo-Vaudeville act in these parts. Maybe... More >>

  • Rockin’ ‘Round the Shop

    published November 25, 2009

    It's one of the best traditions in the city: Every year on Thanksgiving weekend, more than 100 crafters sell their wares at the Rock N Roll... More >>

  • Not Quite Christmas Creep

    published November 25, 2009

    Some people believe that Christmas music should be neither heard nor seen until December — but we're so close at this point that we'll give... More >>

  • The True Spirit of the Season

    published November 25, 2009

    Atnas, daughter of Santa, was once a child of privilege spoiled by her birthright. But something drove her to change her attitude from that of... More >>

  • The Mob Rules

    published November 25, 2009

    As far as films that tried to cash in on the zany, spoof-comedy trend that was started by Airplane!, you can do a lot worse than Amy... More >>

  • It's Thanksgiving -- On Ice!

    published November 25, 2009

    Today is the day of thanks -- it’s also a day of excessive eating, and middling-to-bad football games. But after you dine on the greatest of... More >>

  • This Muse of Fire

    published November 12, 2009

    Before his turn as arrogant businessman Robin Colcord on Cheers, Roger Rees had established a long and distinguished career as a... More >>

  • It Stinks! And It's Awesome.

    published November 12, 2009

    The names Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Mary Jo Pehl, J. Elvis Weinstein and Frank Conniff mean two things are certain: You're about to see a... More >>

  • Welcome to Sherwood

    published November 12, 2009

    The Adventures of Robin Hood — the 1938 Technicolor epic starring Errol Flynn — remains one of the great all-ages films.... More >>

  • A Close Shave

    published November 12, 2009

    You don't often ask your barber to help you with your love life. That's more a job for a good bartender — but you don't know Figaro.... More >>

  • A Good Fight

    published November 12, 2009

    Although Thanksgiving is a legal holiday, there are plenty of people who will suit up and go to work tomorrow, just like they always do: your... More >>

  • St. Louis Stage Capsules

    published November 18, 2009

    Fiddler on the Roof Director Deanna Jent has crafted a warm and cozy production of the perennial favorite, with the little village of... More >>

  • Featured Review: In the Heights

    published November 18, 2009

    In the Heights Facing the gentrification of their Washington Heights neighborhood, the oldster immigrants in this Tony Award-winning... More >>

  • Whatsa Matter You?

    published November 12, 2009

    Junior Thibodeaux as a developing fetus is made aware of the world’s impending obliteration, which will be delivered via comet. Junior’s... More >>

  • Kind of Blue

    published November 12, 2009

    It is frustrating as hell being a St. Louis Blues fan so far this season. Yes, they're a young team, and yes, mistakes are going to be... More >>

  • Going Mobile

    published November 12, 2009

    From a young age we're taught not to stare at disabled people. It's rude to stare at anyone, but our irrepressible human curiosity makes it... More >>

  • Daddy's Issues

    published November 12, 2009

    Herbert Tucker is at an impasse. His once-sparkling career as a Hollywood screenwriter is in the doldrums, his relationship with doting girlfriend... More >>

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