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2009 Stories by Paul Friswold

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  • It's Hammered Time

    published September 23, 2009

    The University City Loop, where the RFT offices are nestled, is thick with street musicians. So thick that it's easy to ignore almost all... More >>

  • Deep (and Tough) Dish

    published September 23, 2009

    In the crime genre, female characters are usually typecast as femme fatales or damsels in distress. Sara Paretsky challenged that standard... More >>

  • Match Game

    published September 23, 2009

    Tonight, Robert celebrates his 35th birthday with his closest friends. His friends are not particularly close to each other — their... More >>

  • 'Sup, TUNT?

    published September 16, 2009

    Zach Galifianakis is an acquired taste, like olives or straight absinthe. His comedic stylings are not so much deadpan as they are the exhausted,... More >>

  • 'Sup, TUNT?

    published September 16, 2009

    Zach Galifianakis is an acquired taste, like olives or straight absinthe. His comedic stylings are not so much deadpan as they are the exhausted,... More >>

  • It Begins

    published September 16, 2009

    We stand on the cusp of a new season for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. So, are we to view the next eight months of performances as a... More >>

  • How Did it Become?

    published September 16, 2009

    What happens on canvas may not be what was intended to happen. The artist is a conduit channeling the creative impulse, sure, but mistakes happen.... More >>

  • Quiet, Socialist

    published September 16, 2009

    All this talk of universal health care and socialism makes us yearn for the days of the Bolsheviks, when the workers rose up and smashed their... More >>

  • The Magic of Dreams

    published September 16, 2009

    In Frances Hodgson Burnett's children's story A Little Princess, the titular princess is Sara Crewe, a young girl whose wealthy father... More >>

  • You Can't Kill Kill

    published September 16, 2009

    Fans of punk rock and creative destruction are perhaps familiar with cult Michigan art collective Destroy All Monsters. Jim Shaw, Cary... More >>

  • Make Mine A Gibson

    published September 16, 2009

    If you could build a dominant starting pitcher for a baseball team, you'd want your mold to be Cardinals legend Bob Gibson: a... More >>

  • Tuesday, September 15: Calendar Pimp Suggests

    published Sep 15, 2009

      Every single Blues highlight clip on YouTube, whether for individual players or the team as a whole, is set to the worst music in the world. I have never heard so much 311 in my life, and I li... More >>

  • They're crying noise pollution in New Town, but at Vintage Vinyl last week the music couldn't have been loud enough during its Beatles Day celebration

    published September 16, 2009

    Beatles Day Exhilarates Vintage Vinyl I can't remember when I've seen a larger group of laughing people queuing up to spend money. Yet... More >>

  • Monday, September 14: Calendar Pimp Suggests

    published Sep 14, 2009

    ​The Marlins are 5.5 games out of the wild card slot, and the Cardinals are looking to bounce back after a bad weekend series against the Braves. More cliches to come during the bro... More >>

  • There Goes the Neighborhood

    published September 9, 2009

    Perhaps the most frightening realization to come from Jennifer Haley's grim comedy Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom is the... More >>

  • Nearer My Cat to Thee

    published September 9, 2009

    Blinkered by the prospect of plenitudinous beer and positively excellent festival cuisine — macaroni and cheese should be offered at more... More >>

  • All's Fair in Love

    published September 9, 2009

    Sabrina is young and vibrant and in love with life. Fresh from a five-year stint in Europe, she's returned to America a polished and poised woman... More >>

  • To Tell the Truth

    published September 9, 2009

    Akira Kurosawa's Rashômon is a morass of deceptions, obfuscations and lies — and yet despite a rape and a murder (or is... More >>

  • Bird vs. Fish

    published September 9, 2009

    The Florida Marlins engender a strong sense of "meh." Some National League teams you hate (Mets), some teams you grudgingly like (those hapless... More >>

  • Let's Drop the Puck Already

    published September 9, 2009

    Hockey season is nigh. Everybody's talking optimism and improvement and returning stars and a fresh start and young players stepping up... More >>

  • If You're Tryin', You're Cryin'

    published September 9, 2009

    From a distance, the paintings appear to be satellite images of landscape, or a rain-spattered surface. Barely visible is a yellow kernel or two,... More >>

  • Stumbling in the Dark, Gladly

    published September 9, 2009

    For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there is an unwieldy title, but it tells you everything... More >>

  • Thursday, September 3: Calendar Pimp Suggests

    published Sep 03, 2009

    ​     And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the b... More >>

  • Wednesday, September 2: Calendar Pimp Suggests

    published Sep 02, 2009

    Summer's over, but the memories . . . oh, the memories will last a lifetime. ... More >>

  • Buffaloed

    published September 2, 2009

    It's the chance of a lifetime: Frank Capra needs to recast his new feature, and he calls the repertory theater in Buffalo to let George and... More >>

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