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  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Amazon Names St. Louis the 11th Most Well-Read City in America

    Way to go, bookworms. Your fervent page-flipping and e-book ingesting has put St. Louis high on Amazon.com's list of the most well-read cities in America. St. Louis comes in at No. 11 on the list, between No. 12 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and No. 10 Columbia, South Carolina. Alexandria, Virginia, to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending September 2, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books and Subterranean Books. We may not have been as clear as we could have been, but we' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2012

    Every St. Louis Release: July 2012

    This is pretty self-explanatory, really -- here you will find every musical project released in the St. Louis area (we're interpreting pretty broadly) in July 2012, listed in alphabetical order. There are links to information about the bands and places to buy these things as well as streaming previe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    The Beach Boys' New Album Has Leaked; How Do I Be A Good Fan?

    I saw it on the message board where I'd followed everything else, from the early interviews to the speculation over the song titles to the release of the 30-second Amazon and (more excitingly) 90-second iTunes samples, and where we'd argued for months over autotune in live performances and which vag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Amazon Ranks St. Louis 18th Most Well-Read City in America

    Online retail juggernaut Amazon released its second-annual Most Well-Read Cities list, and St. Louis ended up at number eighteen. Of course, Amazon's basis for the rankings is its own sales figures (print and Kindle) on a per-capita basis for cities with more than 100,000 residents. To which I say, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Ten Soups Even Gut Check Won't Try

    To help guide our readers through National Soup Month, Gut Check's counting down 15 of our favorite local soups. From light and healthy pho to hearty bisques and chowders, we'll lead you (belly first, of course) to some mighty fine liquid dinners. And while it's all good, delicious fun to eat our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Spy Games and Celebrity Sightings at St. Louis-Area Bookstores

    image viaWatch out, she may be packing an iPhone.​As everybody knows, the Christmas-shopping season is the most hectic time to be in retail -- as both a seller and as a consumer -- and this year, there's an extra frisson of excitement in St. Louis bookstores, thanks to some corporate espionage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    All on the Same Page Bookstore to Open in Creve Coeur October 1

    image viaRobin Tidwell​Now that Borders has totally collapsed and the economy is still totally in the shitter and nobody likes to read books anymore anyway, the most foolish thing you can do right now is open up a bookstore. Or at least, that's what people keep telling Robin Tidwell. Nonethel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    What's Cooking? Balkan Power Pop and Burek.

    Amazon.com​St. Louis has both a thriving music community and a thriving Balkan community. So why don't we have a thriving food-themed Balkan power pop group of our own, like Las Balkanieras? This Germany-based trio of women from Bosnia, Croatia and Russia not only sing, but sing about food. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Spotify's US Launch Approaches; Which Music Service Are You?

    ​Music fans in the United States don't have a lot to envy of their European brothers and sisters, at least unless they're big fans of Abba or the kind of sticky, glitter-covered dance-pop that usually just makes me really want to leave the youth hostel and brush my teeth. One exception: Spotif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Missouri Latest State to Push for Online Sales Tax

    Local retailers want to wipe that smug smile off those Amazon.com boxes. ​Two state representatives held a press conference today in the University City Loop, calling attention to legislation that would add sales tax to purchases Missouri residents make over the Internet. State representativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Death of a Bookstore: Piece of Mind Books

    image viaPiece of Mind Books in Edwardsville closed down last summer.​When you report a feature story, you don't always have the space to put in all the smaller stories you found, no matter how much you'd like to. Here's one of those that didn't make it into this week's feature, "Band of Books ... More >>

  • News

    March 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    UPDATE: Borders to Declare Bankruptcy This Week

    image viaIs this what lies ahead for Borders?​Update February 16, 2 p.m.: Borders in Brentwood has been spared! But on the slated-to-close list are the stores at Central Plaza in Ballwin, Chesterfield Mall and Mid-Rivers Mall in St. Peters. Along with the Brentwood location, the Borders store ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    It's Official (and Even True!): St. Louis is One of America's Most Romantic Cities

    photo illustration by Kholood EidSt. Louis is for lovahs!​Last month's craptastic weather may have been good for at least one thing: It helped catapult our fair city onto Amazon.com's list of the Most Romantic Cities in America. St. Louis is now officially the 18th most romantic city in the na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Stuff It! Giant Jalapenos Enter the Giant Stuffable Food Market

    Paul BoslandThe new jalapeno variety is medium hot with large fruit.​Because the average jalapeno pepper isn't big enough to hold nearly as much cheese as we'd like, the New Mexico State University chile pepper breeding program has genetically engineered the 'NuMex Jalmundo'. It's a hybrid bet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Left Bank, Subterranean Books Now Selling Google eBooks

    ​As of this morning, two of St. Louis's proudly independent bookstores have joined in the digital revolution: Subterranean Books in the Delmar Loop and Left Bank Books in the Central West End and downtown are now offering Google eBooks on their respective websites. Both stores have been selli ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 28, 2010

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Culture

    July 21, 2010

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Culture

    July 14, 2010

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Culture

    July 7, 2010

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    St. Louis Online Retailer WOOT.com Acquired By Amazon

    ​Update 10:35 a.m.: Just got confirmation that Woot will move its St. Louis office -- and all employees -- to Seattle. The move will likely be made this month. ------The paint was barely dry on the walls of Woot.com's new St. Louis office when word spread yesterday afternoon that the online "deal ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 30, 2010

    St. Louis Art Caps

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    New Album Release Highlights: Tuesday, June 29

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) blogs.westword.com3OH!3's Streets of Gold​*3OH!3, Streets Of Gold Ke$ha joins the neon-pop group on its latest release. Stream that track and the rest of the ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 23, 2010

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Culture

    June 16, 2010

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    New Album Release Highlights: Tuesday, June 15

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) amazon.comCowboy Junkies' latest release, Renmin Park, is part one of a three-part series. ​*Cowboy Junkies, The Nomad Series Volume 1: Renmin Park In the ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 2, 2010
  • Culture

    June 2, 2010

    St. Louis Art Capsules

    Jessica Baran encapsulates the St. Louis art scene

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Record Store Day in St. Louis: What's Going on at Vintage Vinyl, Apop Records and Euclid Records?

    [Update, April 14, 3 p.m.: Now updated with info on what's going on at Slackers!] On Saturday, April 17, record stores around the country are celebrating Record Store Day -- a time to unplug from iTunes, eMusic and Amazon MP3 (or torrent sites) and purchase tunes in-person. As enticement, Record S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2010

    Columbia Named 17th Most Romantic City in America

    flickr.com/photos/ryangladstonephoto Stuff like this happens in Columbia every day! That's what makes it one of the most romantic cities in America.​Some shocking news from Amazon.com: The most romantic city in Missouri is...Columbia. Yep. The home of the University of Missouri ranks 17th i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Curt Smith of Tears for Fears is "Head Over Heels" for a Missouri Democrat

    Curt Smith (left) in his younger days.​File under news of the weird: Jake Wagman of the Post-Dispatch reported yesterday that political upstart Tommy Sowers -- a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri's 8th Congressional District -- had a number of famous donors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2009

    Interview: New World Spirits

    NWS, back in the day, circa 1997​ On January 16, New World Spirits -- one of many St. Louis bands which earned a record deal in the '90s -- will be doing a reunion show at the Pageant. Tickets go on sale this Friday and are $20. Judging from comments at this reunion post, the return of NWS i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Immigration Activists Can't Take Joke; Protest "Illegal Alien" Halloween Costume

    ​I subscribe to an email list-serve for immigration issues. The email thread can -- at times -- be helpful for discovering news bits on legislative concerns, law enforcement initiatives and social matters important to the foreign-born community. So when the following email showed up four time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Pudd'nhead Books is Gett'n Some Love

    Pudd'nhead Books​For years, Left Bank Books and Subterranean Books have duked it out for St. Louis' independent book-selling supremacy. But last fall, a third rival entered the mix, Webster Groves' Pudd'nhead Books.Last Friday, the online booksellers' newsletter Shelf Awareness ran a nice profile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Transgressions One of Many Gay-Themed Books Stripped of Amazon Sales Ranking

    Transgressions, the M/M romance savagely reviewed by Unreal last month, was among the first books stripped of its Amazon.com sales ranking last weekend. (And, no, it did not reveal its firmly-muscled chest.)Amazon's "glitch" or "purge", depending on who you talk to, removed sales rankings from hundr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    The Sneak: Who Kolaches the Watchmen?

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Dara Strickland is a leading expert on sneaking food and drink into the movies. She reports on her exploits for Gut Check (from an undisclosed location) every Monday.Show: Watchmen, in all its nearly 3 hours of incomprehensible, geeky glory. No one should ever b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    My Little Red Book: Not What Mao Had In Mind

    Ever wonder when Erica Jong got her period? Or how it was that Joyce Maynard's or Gloria Steinem's monthly "friend" showed up?Unreal is one writer who, for the record, never wondered any such thing about any fellow scribe. But now that there's a 240-page hardcover tome chronicling Aunt Flo's First V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    7 Shot Screamers, Tony Renner, The Monads and Strawfoot on National Compilations

    7 Shot Screamers has contributed a Smiths cover to a compilation called American Psychobilly Archive, Volume One. The collection -- which is released on the Analog Arkives label -- also features covers of tunes by Echo & the Bunnymen, Patti Smith, Talking Heads, and more. Tony Renner has contrib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9.11

    A group of beer drinkers sues to stop InBev's buyout of Anheuser-Busch. (AP) Wine critic Robert Parker faces defamation charges in France. (AP) Is Amazon.com planning to sell wine? (Reuters) Pregnant women should eat fish, a new study finds. (UPI) - Ian Froeb

  • News

    April 9, 2008

    Smokers' Olympics

    Stuff Unreal likes! Plus: We smoke and run and picture Abe Lincoln on a Segway.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2008
  • News

    January 23, 2008

    Doors Swing Both Ways

    Mexicans like music that doesn't involve tubas?

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008
  • Dining

    July 25, 2007

    Cardboard Shipping Box

    no cost
    (Received as packaging from Amazon.com)

  • Music

    June 13, 2007

    I Want My MP3

    Digital music just gets better. See ya later, major labels.

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2007
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    January 29, 2007

    Manic Monday

    Courtesy of amazon.com Where do you get love? My usual Monday morning ritual goes something like this: Alarm goes off way too early. I hit snooze. Doze. Alarm goes off again. Snooze. Doze. Repeat a few more times, until I realize I'm going to be late to our Monday meeting. Swear. Hop out of bed, ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 29, 2000

    Side Dish

    Even working chefs aren't immune to the lure of those celebrity-chef cookbooks

  • Culture

    August 16, 2000

    Booknonsense

    Untangling the confusion surrounding Left Bank Books' involvement in BookSense.com

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